Welcome to Buckingham
Nestled in the heart of South East England, Buckingham is a picturesque county town brimming with history and charm. Known for its vibrant markets and stunning 18th-century buildings, Buckingham is a haven for tourists, students and locals alike.
Buckingham: A Market Town with a Rich History
Buckingham is the historic county town of Buckinghamshire, known for its lively market days held in the town’s bustling centre.
Originally the county town, this title was later passed on to Aylesbury, in the 18th century, which holds the position to this day.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it is steeped in history, with an allure that lasts year-round. But the town’s history isn’t just confined to books – it lives on in the stones of the Castle House, the Castle Hill, and the Old Gaol.
As you explore Buckingham, you’ll feel the history seep through the cobblestone streets, as the whispers of Mary Tudor, Charles II, and King Edward float in the air. Buckingham town council has been instrumental in preserving these stories, giving you the chance to step back in time and walk the paths of monarchs and nobility.
Situated in the far north of the largely affluent county, close to the borders with Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, Buckingham can sometimes feel like the poor cousin.
The Town and Its Surroundings
Buckingham, a charming market town, is set on the banks of the River Great Ouse. It’s the perfect base to explore the surrounding area of Buckinghamshire, including the nearby towns and picturesque villages of Aylesbury Vale.
South of Buckingham, you’ll find the cosmopolitan city of Milton Keynes, renowned for its modern architecture and bustling shopping centres. Heading east, the countryside unfolds into the beautiful Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with breath-taking views and wonderful walk trails.
The town boasts a rich history and a thriving (and growing) community. Buckingham’s many attractions include a plethora of independent shops, bars and eateries. If you’ve not made time to visit yet, it’s time you did.
Attractions in Buckingham
Discover Buckingham’s attractions, starting with the Old Gaol. Located in the town’s centre, this 18th-century building now serves as a museum, presenting fascinating exhibits of Buckingham’s history. The Radcliffe Centre, formerly a church dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, is now a vibrant music and arts venue, marking the town’s commitment to cultural enrichment.
Make sure to visit the charming Stowe Landscape Gardens, owned by the National Trust. Located on the outskirts of the town, these magnificent gardens showcase the best of 18th-century landscape design. Further north, on the outskirts of the town centre, is Castle House, a hidden gem offering unique views of the town from Castle Hill.
The proliferation of coffee shops, barbers and gyms in Buckingham suggests a population with ample time for leisure.
The skyline of the town, especially in the ‘historic quarter’ is dominated by the church of St Peter and St Paul. Also known as Buckingham Parish church, it stands on the site originally occupied by Buckingham’s sadly long lost castle.
Buckingham’s Market Square
The heart of Buckingham is its Market Square, where the town comes alive on market days. Here, you’ll find an array of stalls selling local produce, crafts, and antiques. On the south side of the square is the Chantry Chapel, a beautiful 15th-century building.
Short(ish) Drive Attractions
A short drive from Buckingham lies the village of Padbury, bisected by the tranquil Padbury Brook. You’ll also find the hamlet of Stowe, with its historic Stowe House, surrounded by majestic gardens and parkland. Film enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Princes Risborough, a village frequently used as a film place and known for its quaint countryside charm.
Living in Buckingham
Buckingham offers a high quality of life, with excellent amenities such as cafes, restaurants, and gift shops. The tourist information centre provides detailed information about events and attractions in and around Buckingham. With its great schools, strong sense of community, and close proximity to major cities like London, Buckingham is a wonderful place to call home.
Concluding the Journey
From its rich history to the scenic countryside, there’s so much to discover in Buckingham, England’s beloved market town. Whether you’re exploring the charming streets, browsing the markets, or enjoying the beautiful gardens, Buckingham is a delightful destination full of treasures waiting to be discovered.
Exploring the Buckingham Countryside
The county of Buckinghamshire boasts a diverse landscape, offering a variety of experiences for nature lovers. Take a walk along the River Great Ouse or hike the hills surrounding the town for a breath of fresh air. If you’re in search of picturesque scenery, head to the Chiltern Hills located in the East, a natural wonder steeped in history and charm.
Buckingham’s Rich Architectural Heritage
Buckingham’s architectural heritage reflects its rich history, with an array of beautifully preserved buildings. A must-visit is the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, which stands proud on the south side of town. Its impressive spire overlooks the town centre, providing a poignant reminder of the town’s vibrant past.
Further down the road, you’ll find Castle House, a characterful building that was once the heart of Mary Tudor’s reign. Here, you can explore the rooms where she once walked and take a stroll through the beautifully maintained gardens.
Nearby Towns and Villages
For those willing to venture a bit further, the towns and villages surrounding Buckingham offer unique attractions of their own. A short drive away lies the vibrant city of Milton Keynes, famous for its modern architecture and cultural attractions.
Equally enticing are the smaller villages scattered around the county, each with their own unique charm. From the ancient hamlet of Aylesbury Vale to the village near Princes Risborough, these villages offer a glimpse of traditional English life.
Buckingham: More than Just a Town
Buckingham, a market town situated in Buckinghamshire, is more than just a town – it’s a community. The Buckingham Town Council works tirelessly to maintain the town’s historical charm while ensuring modern amenities for the families who call this place home.
Whether you’re exploring the town centre, taking in an event, or discovering the nearby attractions, you’ll find something to love in Buckingham.
The Wealth of Buckingham
Buckingham, along with the rest of Buckinghamshire, is considered one of the wealthier areas in the UK. This wealth is evident in the beautifully maintained 18th-century buildings, the grandeur of the Stowe Landscape Gardens, and the quality of life that the town offers its residents. Having said that, the wealth of Buckinghamshire is primarily concentrated in the southern parts of the county.
Dining and Shopping in Buckingham
Complete your Buckingham experience by enjoying the town’s local cuisine. With a variety of restaurants serving everything from traditional English fare to international dishes, there’s something to suit every palate.
Shopping enthusiasts can find pleasure in the town’s array of market stalls, boutiques and gift shops. Be it a souvenir or a special treat, you’re sure to find something special amongst the town’s independent shops.
From the majesty of Stowe Landscape Gardens to the charm of Castle Hill, Buckingham is a town that invites you to immerse yourself in its history, its culture, and its community. This is Buckingham – an English gem waiting to be discovered.
This post captures the spirit of Buckingham, highlighting its rich history, cultural attractions, natural beauty, and friendly atmosphere. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, there’s always something new to discover in this charming English town.
Here on Buckingcam, we aim to publish a daily photograph of Buckingham, via our Instagram feed. Our selections are random, and designed to give a flavour of what a visitor to the town might find if they take the time to explore.
From time to time we will also wander further afield into the surrounding areas and capture images of those as well.