The combination of picturesque villages, lively historic towns and rural scenes make the Wycombe district a great place to visit and explore.
For those looking to escape to the countryside, the beautiful walks and cosy pubs provide an idyllic rural retreat. Or if you prefer to indulge in the entertainment on offer, you will find ample facilities for a magnificent shopping spree, theatres and sporting venues as well as a full programme of local events.
The district consists of three main towns: High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough.
High Wycombe is a thriving market town providing the ideal setting for those who enjoy a bustling atmosphere, a good retail experience and lively nightlife. The Eden Shopping Centre is one of the region's top shopping destinations and includes an exciting mix of shops and restaurants, plus a bowling alley and cinema. Despite recent modern developments, High Wycombe has a long history and still retains its historic and cultural charm and traditions.
Marlow is without a doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames. Made up of historic streets and small listed buildings, you can take your time to explore the town and follow in the footsteps of writers such as TS Elliot and Mary Shelley or you can go for a riverside walk through Higginson Park, which includes a statue of Olympic rowing hero, Sir Steve Redgrave. In season you can hire rowing or motor boats from the pier or simply sit back and relax on a passenger boat trip.
The unspoilt market town of Princes Risborough lies at the centre of an extensive network of footpaths, providing an excellent base to explore the Chiltern Hills. Whether you walk along the ancient Ridgeway National Trail, sometimes called "the oldest road in Britain" or cycle along the Sustrans Phoenix Trail, you won't have to travel far to discover stunning views, historic hamlets and a variety of visitor attractions.
Locations in the Wycombe district have been the setting for many classic films and TV programmes, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders, Gosford Park and Four Weddings and a Funeral to name just a few. Among other attractions in the area are the notorious Hell Fire Caves at West Wycombe and National Trust's Hughenden Manor, once home to the former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
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