History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

Buckinghamshire has a fascinating – and often eventful – past.

Amersham Museum

Amersham Museum

Amersham Museum is an award-winning museum located in a 15th century building with a collection spanning 2,000 years of local history. There are hands-on activities and a packed programme of activities and events.

Ascott

Ascott

Ascott is a half-timbered Jacobean farmhouse, transformed by the de Rothschilds towards the end of the 19th century, it now houses an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture and superb oriental porcelain.

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is a vibrant heritage attraction that is open daily. Visitors can explore the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the achievements of the codebreakers whose work helped shorten the war.

Boarstall Tower

Boarstall Tower

Boarstall Tower is a 14th century moated gatehouse, built by John de Haudlo and once part of a fortified manor house, set in beautiful gardens. Visitors can discover seven centuries of history on one of the guided tours.

Buckingham Chantry Chapel

Buckingham Chantry Chapel

Tucked away in a cosy corner of the market square, discover Buckingham Chantry Chapel, the oldest building in Buckingham. While away the time in this tranquil setting with a good book and a delicious locally made snacks.

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

The Old Gaol Museum tells the story of Buckingham and rural life, including the Flora Thompson Collection and Buckinghamshire Military Trust exhibits. A number of the original cells form part of the visitor’s experience.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

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 and spend some time in the visitor centre!

Bucks County Museum

Bucks County Museum

Bucks County Museum in the heart of historic Aylesbury is a fascinating place to visit for all ages. Discover the county’s natural and cultural heritage together with an exciting programme of changing exhibitions and events.

Chenies Manor House

Chenies Manor House

Chenies Manor House is a historic and enchanting Tudor manor house Grade 1 listed building, with its award-winning gardens, is set in the charming estate village of Chenies in Buckinghamshire overlooking the Chess valley.

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a beautiful open air museum with an outstanding collection of historic buildings and a working traditional farm. The museum rescues threatened historic buildings, rebuilds and then preserves them.

Claydon

Claydon

In the 1750s Ralph Verney set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur, 30 years on he was facing financial ruin. Today the interiors that remain are among the most ambitious ever created in the 18th century.

Cliveden

Cliveden

Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age. Follow in the footsteps of royalty as you explore the series of gardens.

Cowper & Newton Museum

Cowper & Newton Museum

The Cowper & Newton Museum is based in the house where one of England’s favourite poets William Cowper lived for 20 years, enjoy his garden and imagine domestic life as he experienced it in late-Georgian times.

Hughenden Manor

Hughenden Manor

Hughenden Manor offers an insight into the charismatic personality and private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. You can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia.

Milton Keynes Museum

Milton Keynes Museum

Milton Keynes Museum is a fascinating outing for all ages, with more to see and do than can possibly be crammed into a single visit. Very popular with all visitors is the toy collection, Victorian schoolroom and the street of shops.

Natural History Museum at Tring

Natural History Museum at Tring

The Natural History Museum at Tring houses one of the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in the UK. Oddities at the museum includes hybrids and examples of abnormal coloration.

The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing houses the world’s largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the oldest working digital computer.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor was built in the 1870s for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to house his fantastic collection of 18th century decorative arts, this Renaissance-style château is the only one of its kind in Britain.

West Wycombe Park

West Wycombe Park

West Wycombe Park is one of the most theatrical and Italianate of all English country houses. Explore the village and then make your way up West Wycombe Hill for breathtaking views over the surrounding Chilterns countryside.

Wycombe Museum

Wycombe Museum

Wycombe Museum explores the history of Wycombe and its surrounding areas through nine hands-on galleries. Famous for its chair collection, the museum has all new exhibitions, an art gallery and 1920s kitchen.