Tourism and things to do (Wycombe District)
Set in the glorious county of Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wycombe's combination of picturesque villages, lively historic towns and rural scenes make the area a great place to visit all year round. With loads of things to do, Wycombe certainly doesn't disappoint.
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 and things to do.
- For places to stay during your visit download the Wycombe district accommodation guide [PDF |1.84MB] or contact the visitor information service at High Wycombe, Marlow or Princes Risborough libraries for a copy
- Visit Buckinghamshire (external link) for more information about visiting and staying in Wycombe area and Buckinghamshire.
- Visit Thames (external link) an essential guide to places to visit, things to do, accommodation and events in Marlow and along the Royal River Thames.
The district has 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, providing lots of things to do. Wycombe's most southerly town is made up of historic streets and small listed buildings, offering an array of shops, restaurants, wine bars and pubs. The town's main landmarks are the graceful suspension bridge, which spans the Thames and 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 historic market town of Princes Risborough is set at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in the centre of an extensive network of footpaths. You won’t have to travel far for spectacular views, historic hamlets and a host of nearby visitor attractions. The centre of the town itself is well-served with a variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Local attractions and things to do
There are a range of exciting visitor attractions in and around the district including the notorious Hell Fire Caves in West Wycombe village, National Trust's Hughenden Manor, once home to the former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and, just a short drive away, Bekonscot Model Village and Railway. Highlights also include Wycombe Museum, Lacey Green Windmill, The Horse Trust and Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway.
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, Gosford Park and Bridget Jones's Baby.
A whole host of locations in the Wycombe area have been used to film scenes in Midsomer Murders. These include Marlow and the Hambleden Valley. Download a self guided trail leaflet (external site) to discover Marlow's Midsomer secrets and and explore the locations.
Walking and cycling
Located in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and set on a wonderful broad sweep of the River Thames Wycombe district is a perfect destination for walkers and cyclists. Strolling along the Thames Path, hiking the Ridgeway National Trail and riding the Chiltern Cycleway are just a few of the district's greatest pleasures.
Food and drink
With Michelin-starred restaurants, gastro pubs, cafes serving locally produced food and drink, elegant afternoon tea venues as well as wineries and breweries, the best places to eat and drink can be enjoyed throughout the Wycombe area.
Travel and transport
Travelling to and around the district is made easy by excellent road, rail and bus networks.
The district is easily reached from London, Oxford and the Midlands via the M40 motorway.
Offering so many things to do, Wycombe is lucky to be easily accessible by rail, so you can start your visit with ease. High Wycombe and Princes Risborough railway stations sit on the Chiltern line with travel from London Marylebone to High Wycombe taking as little as 25 minutes. Marlow sits on the First Great Western branch line with services running every hour between Marlow and Maidenhead before joining the London Paddington to Reading mainline.
Regular buses serve the district's towns and villages. A Park and Ride service is available from High Wycombe Coachway, (junction 4 of the M40 on the A404) to High Wycombe town centre and railway station.
National Express operates coach services from High Wycombe Coachway to a range of destinations including London Victoria, Birmingham, Heathrow Airport and Glasgow.
Looking for more things to do in Wycombe?
You might also be interested in: