The Best of Bucks
Nestled right in the heart of rural England, Buckinghamshire or Bucks is a captivating place for a relaxed weekend. The vibe allows tourists to enjoy its old-world charm through the peaceful towns and villages in the county.
Embark on a whimsical trip by visiting the home of Roald Dahl, a world-renowned author for children’s books. Dahl authored several books that still delight the hearts of children and adults today; among those books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. Touring the Great Missenden, hometown to Dahl, will allow tourists to see the sights that inspired him to write his books. A visit to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre on High Street is a must for aficionados of Dahl’s books. The museum offers free storytelling sessions and arts and crafts activities for kids and adults alike. With the museum’s family-friendly atmosphere, it has been awarded hailed as the Best Small Visitor Attraction in 2008.
For those who prefer a more sophisticated tour, the Waddesdon Manor in Waddesdon is the place to visit. Great gardens in the manor make the place even more picturesque, allowing visitors to unwind just by looking at the vast area laden with flower patches. The manor was built between 1874 and 1889, and it still well-maintained today. The owner, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild wanted to showcase his great art collection back then. After the baron’s death, the manor was still maintained. Presently, the manor’s collection keeps on growing. The manor provides enough free activities to keep its visitors entertained. Among those activities are the Manor Garden Walk, the Wine Cellars Tour, and the Spotlight Tour.
The King’s Head pub in Aylesbury now houses the Tourist Information Centre, but it is also known for other things. Visitors have flocked to the coaching inn to follow the trail of three prominent people: King Henry VI, Anne Boleyn, and Oliver Cromwell. The bar’s goods are from the Chiltern Brewery nearby. Meals of the local produce are also served in the bar; for those who would want to buy the local produce, the town still holds markets thrice a week. Moreover, a secondhand bookshop and coffee shop is also available to travelers who need to unwind. While Aylesbury is a charming place, local ghost tours are also organized by the National Trust. Who knew that a place with such a cheerful ambiance can also be spooky after dark?
The loveliest view Thames River runs through Marlow, another picturesque town. With a suspension bridge that was built in 1832, visitors can enjoy the view of the Thames. The annual Swan Upping is held here, where the Queen’s Swan marker tag cygnets. With the laid-back atmosphere of the town, visitors are really able to make the most of their holiday.
Another reason to visit Marlow is that a famous author, Mary Shelley, also lived here for a while. Shelley is known for her novel Frankenstein. She started writing the book in Switzerland, and finished the book in this town.
Those are just some of the many places to visit, but Buckinghamshire can offer so much more to the visitors. When visiting the county, one must be up for anything, because Bucks holds a number of surprises that would delight anyone.