Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is a county in the South East of England, located to the north west of London.

Towns

Map of Buckinghamshire

Understand

Bucks (shorthand for Buckinghamshire) is a middle-size county, stretching from West London, near Heathrow Airport, to the outer reach of the Midlands. It borders, going clockwise from London, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London. It is home to about 712,000 people with substantial residential growth in the centre. It is known as Leafy Bucks to some, due to the idyllic rolling hills and vast woodlands but also contains several large towns, mainly High Wycombe (pop. 118,000), Milton Keynes (184,000) and Aylesbury (pop. 65,000) which all have great tourist attractions as well as shopping opportunities. Bucks is also home to Chequers Court, the Prime Minister's country residence and Pinewood Studios where many world famous films and television shows are filmed. It has homed many famous people including Roald Dahl, the children's author, who lived (and died) in Bucks for 30 years.

Get in

By plane

The main international airport is Heathrow, just outside Bucks in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Other international airports within easy reach include London Luton to the east and Birmingham to the north west, and further afield Gatwick, Stanstead, East Midlands as well as London City Airport. Smaller airports and airfields are dotted around the county.

By train

Most rail services in Bucks radiate out from London. The north of the county (Milton Keynes) is served by the West Coast Main line with services to London Euston and north to Scotland. The middle and south of the county are served by Chiltern Railways' two main lines: one between London Marylebone and Aylesbury, and the other between London Marylebone and Birmingham/Stratford-upon-Avon calling at High Wycombe. There are plans to extend the Aylesbury line north to meet the West Coast Main line at Milton Keynes and possibly even further north to Rugby and Leicester using the old trackbed of the Great Central Main line, which closed in 1966. The very southern tip of the county is served by the Great Western Main line, although only two stations (Taplow and Iver) are in Bucks, with services to London Paddington and west to Reading.

By car

Four motorways venture into Buckinghamshire, although only two run in the county for a reasonable distance:

Other notable roads include:

By bus

Arriva services cover most of the county and Milton Keynes, with Carousel in the south and centre of the county. The north of the county is served by a frequent Stagecoach linking Oxford to Cambridge via Milton Keynes and Buckingham. National Express services have a major interchange at the Milton Keynes Coachway.

See

Palladian Bridge, Stowe Gardens

Eat

The large areas of countryside include many country pubs, serving excellent food. Restaurants are also found in rural areas but are more common in the urban areas.

Drink

Like most of England, almost every village in Bucks has a local pub, larger ones having more.

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