If you are intrigued by history & heritage, Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns has something for you.
A first stop could be The Chiltern Open Air Museum, where you can see more than 30 rescued historic buildings on display, including an Iron Age House, 1940s prefab, Victorian earth cottage, and blacksmith’s forge. You could also explore the costume, agriculture and geological displays at Buckinghamshire’s County Museum, or discover local military history at Buckingham’s Old Goal and the historic WWII site of Bletchley Park. In the 18th century, the powerful Temple-Grenville family chose to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples at Stowe House. Amidst these enchanting gardens, they built the most lavish temple of all. On a visit to Stowe House you will see the beautifully restored State Rooms and discover fascinating stories of how scandal, intrigue and debt brought one of England’s richest families to its knees and the house close to demolition.
Visitors can explore the county’s cultural past with a visit to Bekonscot Model Village, the oldest and original model village which opened its doors to the public in 1929. The village is happily stuck in a 1930s time warp, so go and see how England use to be and discover a wonderful world tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The village also has a ride-on model railway, but if you are looking for large scale railways then the steam and diesel hauled vintage carriages at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway are just the ticket. Book onto one of the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Cream Tea afternoons, fish & chip quiz nights, or Murder Mystery evenings, and enjoy the stunning countryside, crisp white linen and GWR china crockery.
You can also visit Buckinghamshire Railway Centre which has everything on offer for the railway enthusiast, including large express passenger locomotives, the humble shunting engine, and a coach used by Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower for secret war strategy meetings.