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Buckinghamshire attractions

Buckinghamshire makes the most of its natural beauty and fascinating history and these are some of the best attractions to visit. Well worth a mention is Cliveden, in Taplow. It completed a multi-million pound restoration project to restore its splendid staircase from the South Terrace to the magnificent parterre below back in 2015. Another must is the magnificent mansion of the Rothschild dynasty, Waddesdon Manor managed by The National Trust. The beautiful French renaissance-style chateau and gardens – built from 1877 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures – is a draw at any time of year. Other National Trust properties, Claydon House near Middle Claydon and the world-famous, Capability Brown-designed Stowe Landscape Gardens are also worth visiting.

Younger children will simply adore Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, or Green Dragon Eco Farm over in Hogshaw. Both offer giant indoor play barns, animal petting and feeding, plus other activities that ensure kids are like, well, pigs in muck. Talking of pigs, Kew Little Pigs in Amersham is micro-pig paradise where visitors can pet and groom the animals. Another option is Thrift Farm in Milton Keynes, set up to offer employment and support to adults with learning difficulties, and offering magnificent home-made food.

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Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

Once Britain’s best kept secret, today Bletchley Park is a vibrant heritage attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the codebreakers whose work helped shorten the war. Bletchley Park brings together the dramatic history of the 20th century with the challenges we face in the 21st in our rapidly changing and technologically complex society. Visit website

The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre is a great little award-winning museum, situated in the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. The museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, features three interactive galleries. Boy gallery looks at Roald Dahl’s school days while Solo gallery houses his original Writing Hut. The Story Centre puts your imagination centre-stage with fantabulous activities to inspire the writer in you. Visit website

Chiltern Open Air Museum
Girl at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4AB

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a beautiful open air museum with an outstanding collection of historic buildings and a working traditional farm. The museum was founded by volunteers in the 1970s, and opened to the public in 1981. The museum rescues threatened historic buildings, which would otherwise be demolished, and rebuilds and preserves them in a traditional Chilterns landscape. Visit website

Go Ape
Go Ape

Black Park Road, Slough SL3 6DS

Go Ape offers unrivalled forest thrills, with crossings and obstacles sure to quench your thirst for something different to do in the country park. Expect some crossings to test your nerves, as well as your stamina, but rest assured that more forgiving routes are on offer for budding adventurers. What’re you waiting for? Grab your tribe, harness up and take to the trees for 2-3 hours of zipping, climbing and swinging. Visit website

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Quainton Road Station, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BY

For a first class family day out, look no further than a Steaming Day at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. Ride behind a real steam engine, take a trip on the ride-on miniature railway, visit the magnificent exhibition hall, and spend some time in the visitor centre with cafe, shop and vintage locomotives on display. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Buckinghamshire Railway Centre; Chiltern Open Air Museum; Go Ape; Shaun Armstrong/; Skowron/; The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

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