Buckinghamshire is an awesomely beautiful County well-known for its natural features and open countryside. The Chiltern Hills dominates the southern part of the country. A large area of these Hills is a magnificent example of the beauty of nature and is a favourite haunt of London cyclists and walkers. Other notable features of Buckinghamshire is the River Thames, the Stowe Landscape Gardens and the Ridgeway Path, a long-distance footpath that crosses the County.
Some towns in the east and south-west of the County form part of the London commuter belt and have direct rail links to London.The largest town in the county is Milton Keynes. Like most of the towns in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes is quite affluent and home to the offices of many national companies. The County, which is bordered by the Thames River on the southwestern side, is also home to well-known service businesses in the UK such as the Pinewood Film Studios, The Bletchley Park found in Milton Keynes was the site of the British code breakers during World War II, and the first programmable electronic digital computer in the world, Colossus.
Places to stay in Buckinghamshire
If a day visit to Buckinghamshire is not enough and visitors would like to stay longer to enjoy everything that Buckinghamshire has to offer, there are plenty of unique and charming accommodations to choose from. In addition to hotels, there are farms, guesthouses, inns and B&s. There are even self-catering accommodations. There is always a place that will suit a visitor’s need and budget in beautiful Buckinghamshire.
Food and Shopping in Buckinghamshire
Many of the towns of the county boast of modern shopping centres and malls where visitors can shop to their heart’s delight. These malls and shopping centres carry well-known fashion and shopping names such as Marks & Spencer, as well as restaurants and eateries offering local and international cuisine.
Also, there are busy flea markets in the towns’ high streets with fascinating stalls selling a vast range of goods from food to fabric. Local food shops and producers are also found in most towns selling a locally sourced game and meat, syrup and honey, free range chicken and turkeys, olives, cheeses, organic veggies and more.
Things to see and do in Buckinghamshire
There is so much Buckinghamshire has to offer to visitors of the county. It is not only famous for its natural beauty, but also for its numerous historic houses, some of which are still being used as private homes. A prime example of this is the Chequers, the country retreat of the Prime Minister. Other historic houses such as Cliveden, West Wycombe Park and Waddesdon Manor are open for public viewing. Claydon House, located in the village of Steeple Claydon, was once the home of Florence Nightingale.
Magnificent estates and houses like the Waddesdon Manor with its formal garden designed in the style of a French chateau of the 16th century are also must see and visit in Buckinghamshire. Museums, quaint towns and villages, model farms and eco-centres, sports facilities, and recreational parks are only some of the things that will interest visitors of Buckinghamshire.
With so much to see and do, the best way to enjoy exploring this beautiful County is to hire a self-drive rental van.It will make moving from one famous destination to another convenient and with a minimum of fuss.