Buckinghamshire is home to sleepy villages and historic towns that hold treasures of sightseeing, such as the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and the Waddesdon Manor. Many of Buckinghamshire’s villages not only offer a peaceful and private spot for a stay and scenic surroundings, but they also give you access to local attractions and the best sights in the county for a memorable experience. Take a look at the 10 most picturesque villages in Buckinghamshire to plan your trip.

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    Marlow

    Relax on the banks of the Thames

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    Marlow is a charming village on the River Thames that offers peace, privacy and nearby attractions for a fun-filled holiday. The village features 19th-century landmarks, such as an impressive Marlow Suspension Bridge, the Royal Military College and the Marlow Lock house. You could also tour Hughenden Manor, the stately home of Benjamin Disraeli. If you want to spend time outdoors, the Higginson Park and Court Garden Leisure Complex has beautiful scenery for nature walks and outdoor recreation by the river.

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    Bledlow

    Enjoy the great outdoors in the Tame Valley

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    Bledlow is a lovely village in the meadows of the Tame Valley with scenic surrounds for a relaxing holiday. Found within Bledlow-cum-Saunderton, Bledlow is a great base camp for exploring outdoor areas like Yoesden and Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You could also spend some time in Lyde Gardens, a spectacular garden space with vibrant blooms and quiet walking paths. If you want more sightseeing, you can travel into Buckinghamshire to see historic sites like Waddesdon Manor or take the kids to a theme park like Gulliver’s Land Theme Park Resort.

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    Fingest

    Tour historic churches and buildings

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    Fingest is a quiet village in the Chiltern Hills that’s home to unique historic sites for an exciting experience. You’ll find a variety of historic churches, such as the St Albans Abbey manor that’s believed to be haunted by the ghost of Henry Burghersh, the 14th-century Bishop of London. The parish church of St Bartholomew’s is a fascinating Norman church with a remarkable tower, vaulted roof and other stunning architectural features. More history can be seen in Oxfordshire, such as the buildings of the University of Oxford and the Blenheim Palace.

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    Great Missenden

    See medieval buildings and historic mansions

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    Great Missenden is an upscale village in the Misbourne Valley that’s known for its historic streets, heritage coaching inns and medieval churches. The Church of St Peter and St Paul, a medieval Church of England parish church, overlooks the village and surrounding district. You could also see Missenden Abbey, a 12th-century Augustinian monastery that’s now a ruin site and Georgian mansion and conference centre. Some other highlights include the Gipsy House, the Red Lion cottage inn and the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

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    Hambleden

    Enjoy peace and quiet in nature

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    Hambleden is a beautiful village of brick and flint cottages and lush English countryside that’s home to a variety of stunning attractions. You could see landmarks like St Mary’s Church, a 14th-century church with a memorial to Cope D’Oyley and several tower bells, and a Jacobean flint-and-stone manor house from the 17th century. You can spend time in the outdoors as well, such as exploring Hambleden Lock on the River Thames or the flats with the historic watermill, Hambleden Mill.

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    Lillingstone Lovell

    Stroll heritage village streets

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    Lillingstone Lovell is a charming village in Aylesbury Vale with notable historic landmarks, such as a lovely Church of England parish church. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a stunning 13th-century church that’s been refurbished over the centuries but still contains the original medieval tower. The area surrounding the church is also preserved as a Conservation Area of historic significance. Outside of the village, you can enjoy some nature time on the scenic woodland trails of the ancient Whittlewood Forest.

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    Long Crendon

    Hike in the landscape of Aylesbury Vale

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    Long Crendon is a quaint village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale with thatched cottages and leafy lanes for a quiet holiday. Its rich history dates back to the Saxon times and the Doomsday Book, giving it many unique historic sites. You can see the Dormer monument, a monument to Sir John Dormer, in the 13th-century St Mary the Virgin village church. The surrounding landscape of the village is on the River Thames and offers beautiful scenery and opportunities for outdoor recreation and leisurely drives.

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    Turville

    Enjoy quaint pubs and nature walks

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    Turville is a small village renowned for its natural beauty and abundance of exciting attractions, cosy pubs and country strolls. Located in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Turville gives you a chance to enjoy time in nature on walking trails with stunning scenery and wildlife. You could also see attractions in town, such as the Cobstone Windmill, the famous windmill from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, and Turville Heath, the manor home and estate of Lord Sainsbury. You’ll find many village pubs and restaurants along the quiet streets, such as the delightful Frog Inn.

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    Aylesbury

    Have a memorable family trip

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    Aylesbury is a country town and ancient market town with historic pubs, performing-arts theatres and a fascinating family-friendly attraction. The town is known for the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, a children’s museum that uses Dahl characters to teach about science and history. You could also see a show at the Waterside Theatre or enjoy a pint at one of the historic pubs in town. Another fascinating attraction is the Buckinghamshire County Museum, a museum with exhibits and artefacts of significance to the county.

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    Amersham

    Relax in a charming market town

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    Amersham is a picturesque market town nestled among rolling hills and featuring half-timbered medieval houses, coaching inns and waterfront Georgian buildings. One of the most impressive attractions is the 17th-century Market Hall, a historic market that still hosts events on weekends. You can see more of the historic charm of Amersham with a stroll down High Street, which has many 18th-century historic facades and a baroque market hall. If you want to learn more about local history, you can visit the Amersham Museum and browse local artefacts from lace-making, shoe repair and other heritage manufacturing.

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