History all around!
Buckinghamshire has a fascinating – and often eventful – past.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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 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 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
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 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.
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 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.