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20 Muddy-approved attractions in Bucks

From the big-beast tourist destinations to our cool insider alternatives, read on for our pick of 20 unmissable attractions in Buckinghamshire.


Headliner: Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

Bletchley Park

You’ll know Bletchley as the home of the code breakers in WWII, which means there are plenty of on-site museums, exhibitions and codebreaking huts to explore. Have the littlies with you? There’s an outdoor playgrounds for kids, plus you can pick up a Top Secret Mission Pack at the front desk for an extra quid.

In-the-know intel: Claydon, near Middle Claydon

Claydon House
Image credit: Tony Chivers

There aren’t many places where you can lay on a bed owned by Florence Nightingale, but Aylesbury locals are lucky enough to have the 18th century grandeur of Claydon on their patch. As well as admiring the jaw-dropping interiors and rolling lawns, you can find out more about Florence Nightingale’s involvement with the Verney family (she had her own suite of rooms at Claydon) and explore the museum rooms for a little local history. The house hasn’t yet been reopened, but we have our fingers crossed for next year.


Headliner: Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe

Odds Farm Park cow

There’s so much on at this High Wycombe farm that you might struggle to get round it in one day! There are animals galore, naturally (to the tune of pigs, cows, goats, sheep and more), as well as a mini golf course, outdoor play area, a Halloween pumpkin patch for autumn and drive-in movie nights.

In-the-know intel: Kew Little Pigs, Amersham

Kew Little Pigs

Prepare yourself for mega-cuteness. Micro-pig breeder Olivia and her team are the geniuses behind Kew Little Pigs, a farm in Amersham that gives you hands-on experiences such as Pet and Play and Mini-Pig Keeping. You can even (whisper it) buy your own pig.


Headliner: The Hand and Flowers, Marlow

The Hand and Flowers

You can’t mention foodie haunts in Bucks without Tom Kerridge’s name popping up – to be expected when you run the country’s only pub with two Michelin stars. Surprisingly unfussy and down-to-earth, The Hand and Flowers draws gastropub-loving tourists from far and wide. One drawback is that reservations often get snapped up months in advance, but if you’re stuck head to Kerridge’s other pub The Coach, down the road – still a Michelin star and, refreshingly, a walk-in policy.

In-the-know intel: Artichoke, Amersham

Artichoke Amersham

For a Michelin-starred alternative to Kerridge’s Marlow stranglehold, Artichoke in the heart of Old Amersham is a worthy alternative. Ranked in the Top 50 UK Restaurants Good Food Guide 2020 and with Raymond Blanc as a fan, it’s still strangely under the radar – lucky you, you might get a table!


Headliner: Waddesdon, Aylesbury

Did you know that Bucks has more National Trust properties than any other county? Rothschild-owned Waddesdon is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown, with huge grounds that are home to an aviary, woodland play areas and gardens, as well as the main house itself (note to parents – no large bags or pushchairs are allowed indoors). There are excellent events all year round, but Christmas is undoubtedly a highlight – make sure you visit their brilliant light trail.

In-the-know intel: West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe

West Wycombe House
Image credit: Hugh Mothersole

Fancy a country day out? Hotfoot it to West Wycombe for a Palladian stately home, 45 acres of landscaped parkland, a 16th century village and an Iron Age hilfort overlooking it all. While the Park won’t be open until April 2022 and the House shortly after in June, you can still explore this untouched, much-filmed village for quaint shops, pubs and eateries, or pack a picnic and trek up to the top of West Wycombe Hill for excellent views and a nose around the Dashwood Mausoleum.


Headliner: Snozone, Milton Keynes

Europe’s biggest real snow slope is right here in Milton Keynes, just across from the centre:mk shopping centre (ideal for combining a ski day with a little shopping and dinner). You can hire skis, snowboards and all the equipment if you’re a total beginner, or even try sledging in their dedicated Family Fun sessions.

In-the-know intel: Rush Trampoline Park, High Wycombe

Rush Trampoline Park, High Wycombe

With 100 wall-to-wall trampolines, Rush is the perfect spot for wearing out energetic children. There are dedicated areas and sessions for toddlers and a soft play area that opened this year, while bigger kids can blitz through the assault course, wipeout zones and extreme dodgeball courts. And yes, there’s a mezzanine café for you to sit sedately while the madness unfolds around you!


Headliner: The Spa at Stoke Park, Stoke Poges

Stoke Park

This five-star spa ranked as one of Vanity Fair‘s Must-Visit Spas in the World as well as being the Muddy Award winner for Best Day Spa in 2019, so it’s well worth a day trip if you’re in South Bucks. Take a load off and lounge in the indoor heated swimming pool, Italian marble steam rooms and outdoor Scandinavian sauna and hot tub (perhaps with a glass of fizz for afters). The state-of-the-art gym has just had another facelift too and looks mighty pretty.

In-the-know intel: Bodhi Tree Spa, Chalfont St Peter

Bodhi Day Spa

Squirrelled away in the leafy village of Chalfont St Peter, this Muddy Award-winning day spa proves that glamorous things can come in small packages. Treat yourself to an Elemis facial or body treatment, a CND mani/pedi and then finish off with a spot of fine dining at on-site restaurants, The Lytton and The Langton. Marble-laden Langley Hotel spa in Iver, South Bucks is also a strong contender for an insider favourite.


Headliner: Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Willen Lake Milton Keynes

This Milton Keynes must-do is packed with family activities, from wakeboarding and water sports to treetop adventures and archery. In the mood for something slightly more sedate? While away a Sunday afternoon with their 4-mile figure-of-eight walk, or enjoy the views from their brand new Willen Observation Wheel, which stands at a whopping 36 metres tall.

In-the-know intel: Longridge Activity Centre, Marlow

For water sports on the banks of the Thames, Longridge has you covered. This outward bounds charity specialises in canoeing and kayaking, but there are activities for kids on dry land too such as bushcraft and laser mazes. If you’re after school holiday helpers, this is a Muddy go-to.


Headliner: Stowe, nr Buckingham


This is unmissable! With 750 acres of parklands, ornamental lakes and over 40 temples and follies of all shapes and sizes, Stowe is gardening on the grandest of scales. You might not be able to visit the house quite yet, but the landscape more than make up for it. Pack and picnic and take the dog. Pre-booking essential.

In-the-know intel: Turn End, Haddenham

Turn End, Haddenham

These gorgeous gardens hold a special place in our hearts, as it’s where the first-ever Muddy Awards drinks were held! Designed and built by world-famous architect Peter Aldington, Turn End’s garden is small but beautifully-formed, with courtyards, pools and garden rooms around every corner. While the visiting season is over for 2020, keep your eyes on their events page to see when you can drop by in 2021.


Headliner: thecentre:mk, Milton Keynes

Centre:MK Milton Keynes

There are plenty of shopping centres in Bucks, but thecentre:mk is one of the biggest. The massive courtyards (both inside and out) are often home to displays, fairs and food markets, and after your retail therapy you can always pop to the Theatre district over the road for a spot of culture.

In-the-know intel: Marlow


If you prefer a traipse up and down a traditional high street rather than a shopping centre, then get thee to Marlow for an excellent mix of high street hits and indie boutiques. If you get worn out flashing the credit card, there are plenty of coffee shops and eateries to recharge in too. Amersham is a 15 minute drive and a worthy contender too – it lacks the river but just nicks it for fashion boutiques over its more famous rival.


Headliner: MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

Revamped by architects 6a in 2019, this sleek town centre gallery now boasts five massive exhibition spaces, as well as an auditorium that screens films, hosts lectures and offers incredible views across Campbell Park. There are great family-friendly exhibits and workshops on offer too, and a chic cafe if you’re in need of refreshment.

In-the-know intel: Amersham Museum, Amersham

Amersham Museum

If you’re staying in the area (or you’re a local with a little free time on your hands), then Amersham Museum gives an intriguing insight into the history of the town. After its recent overhaul a few years ago, the museum is more welcoming than ever, and features a peaceful herb garden packed with medicinal plants.

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