13 Best Things To Do In Buckingham, Buckinghamshire | 2024

Discover What This Unique Buckinghamshire Town Has To Offer

birds eye view of buckingham town, buckinghamshire

The historically rich market town of Buckingham is tucked away in the rural north of Buckinghamshire. 

It's an ideal tourist destination to relax, shop, dine, take leisurely strolls, or discover the many local attractions. 

In this guide we'll delve into the best things to do in the area for 2024 allowing you to make the most of your time in Buckingham - our amazing hometown here at Villiers Hotel.

Keep reading for inspiration!

Great Places To Visit In Buckingham

We've created a list of the best things to do which have been ranked in no particular order. Have fun exploring these popular Buckingham attractions:

1. Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

buckingham old gaol museum

Prepare to step back in time at the remarkable Old Gaol situated in the heart of Buckingham town centre. 

Constructed in 1748 and funded by Richard Grenville Temple who was the Lord Viscount of Cobham, this historic site originally stood as a prison.

Immerse yourself in its fascinating history as you explore the very cells that once housed poachers, intoxicated individuals, and even the occasional murder. 

Today, this iconic building has transformed into a popular museum, a tourist information centre and gift shop.

Buckingham Old Gaol Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 4pm | Sunday: Closed
Before your visit make sure to check updates on Bank Holiday hours and closures.

Pricing and Tickets: Museum ticket prices vary and can be found on their website. 

Parking: Pay and display car parking is available across the town centre. One of the nearest car parks is Cornwalls Meadows. 

2. Stowe Landscape Gardens

bridge at stowe gardens in buckingham

Step into the enchanting Stowe Gardens where history comes alive!

Spanning 250 acres of 18th-century landscape gardens this breath-taking destination offers winding paths, picturesque lakeside strolls, and historic temples to discover at every turn.

A true gem gifted to the National Trust in 1989, Stowe Gardens continues to captivate visitors and stands as a beloved attraction in Buckingham.

It's an extraordinary place where nature, history, and beauty intertwine to create an unforgettable experience.

National Trust Stowe Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Opening times vary dependant on the season and can be found on their website. 

Pricing and Tickets: Admission prices vary but free for National Trust Members. Ticket prices can be found on their website.

Parking: Parking is free for members and non-members (MK18 5EQ).

3. Meadow Walk Shopping Centre 

women holding shopping bags from meadow shopping centre in buckingham

When you're in Buckingham a visit to the Meadow Shopping Centre is an absolute must!

This spot boasts a variety of shops from independent traders, offering a warm and friendly shopping experience.

Whether you're on the hunt for a new outfit, searching for that perfect gift, or seeking hidden treasures within the charity shops, there's something for everyone at the Meadow Shopping Centre! 

Meadow Walk Shopping Centre Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm | Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Before your visit make sure to check updates on Bank Holiday hours and closures.

Parking: You can find many car parks near Meadow Shopping Centre. The nearest is Cornwall’s Meadow car park which operates on a paid for basis. 

4. Buckingham Parish Church

buckingham parish st peter and st paul church

Step into history at Buckingham's parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Built in 1777 in a classical style this was restored in 1862 with a touch of medieval decorated style.

Just a short stroll from the town centre this church boasts captivating architecture that's a sight to behold.

But that's not all as the community warmly welcomes everyone to its services and host a range of events throughout the year.

Buckingham Parish Church Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9am - 5pm | Sunday: 9am - 8pm

Parking: Onsite parking is free for Church visitors.

5. Villiers Hotel

villiers hotel in buckingham

Villiers Hotel is a charming grade II listed building in the heart of Buckingham.

Enjoy delightful afternoon teas in the Laura Ashley Tea Room, tempting lunchtime bites, and hearty meals at this tranquil 18th century coaching inn hotel.

And if you're planning to stay longer in Buckingham to explore everything this lively town offers, Villiers Hotel provides fantastic accommodation just a short stroll from town centre, historical sites, and popular tourist attractions.

Villiers Hotel Map

Important Information 

Dining Reservations: All table bookings can be made online. For reservations over 8 guests please contact the reception team on 01280 822 444 or reception@villiershotels.com

Hotel Reservations: You can easily book a hotel room online via the booking portal. 

Parking: Free parking is available for guests of Villiers Hotel. 

6. Buckingham Markets

buckingham markets

Buckingham has been a market town since the time of Mary Tudor and it takes immense pride in its rich market heritage offering a diverse range of produce.

Nestled in the heart of Buckingham these markets are surrounded by charming independent shops and lush green spaces.

You'll discover everything from fresh produce and household goods to a treasure trove of unique finds. 

Important Information 

Opening Times: The Buckingham Street Market (MK18 1JX) is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 8am - 4pm. The Buckingham Flea Market (MK18 1NU)  is held on Saturdays from 9am - 3pm and is managed by the Buckingham Town Council.

7. Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park

goats at hogshaw farm & wildlife park in buckingham

Experience the best of British farming at Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park, a perfect destination for an exciting family day out! 

Explore the collection of rare breed farm animals, encounter wildlife up close and wander through nature trails.

Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park even have two adventure play areas for kids as well as a gift shop, cafe and kitchen.

This is definitely one of the top things to do in Buckingham. 

Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday: Closed | Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am - 5:30pm
Before your visit make sure to check updates on Bank Holiday hours and closures.

Pricing and Tickets: Ticket prices vary. Head over to their website for information and to book your visit in advance. 

Parking: Large free on-site car park available. 

8. Chandos Park

chandons park in buckingham

Chandos Park is a lovely green space to explore.

The Great River Ouse flows through it, making it ideal for scenic walks and picnics.

Chandos Park also contains a playground and a dedicated games area where you can play football or basketball for free anytime you want.

Chandos Park Map

Important Information 

Parking: Cornwalls Meadow pay and display car park is conveniently located near Chandos Park.

9. Buckingham Golf Club

man playing golf at buckingham golf club

Buckingham Golf Club is a stunning 18-hole championship golf course set in picturesque parkland, offering great views of the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Whether you're after a membership or just a day pass, they've got you covered.

It's an inviting place for a round of golf amidst beautiful scenery that you won't want to miss.

Buckingham Golf Club Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 8am - 5pm
Before your visit make sure to check updates on Bank Holiday hours and closures.

Pricing and Tickets: Head over to their website for membership and day prices. 

Parking: Onsite car park is available. 

10. Stowe House

stowe house in buckingham

Nestled within Stowe's garden lies Stowe House, a beautiful piece of Georgian architecture. 

Having evolved across centuries it currently operates as a school while graciously opening its doors to visitors keen on unravelling its rich past.

Visitors can book in for a guided tour or explore the house independently.

Stowe House Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Stowe House has different opening times dependant on the season. 

Pricing and Tickets: Ticket prices for Stowe House vary. For detailed information and to purchase tickets visit their website.

Parking: Visitor parking is free and located close to the house (MK18 5EH). 

11. Buckingham Nurseries & Garden Centre

women browsing plants at buckingham garden centre

Buckingham Nurseries & Garden Centre is highly praised by gardening experts and societies alike.

With over 75 years of selling plants, this family run business have built a trusted reputation.

The garden centre remains open to the public throughout the year offering an extensive array of plants as well as a well-stocked shop. 

It's a true haven for gardening enthusiasts!

Buckingham Nurseries & Garden Centre Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm | Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Before your visit make sure to check updates on Bank Holiday hours and closures.

Parking: Buckingham Nurseries & Garden Centre has private parking for its visitors. 

12. Swan Pool And Leisure Centre 

child swimming at swan pool and lesuire centre in buckingham

At Swan Pool and Leisure Centre you'll find a modern gym, wide range of group fitness classes pool and diverse aquatic activities.

The leisure centre also boasts an outdoor five-a-side football pitch and sports enthusiasts can even enjoy a game of squash.

It's a one-stop destination for fitness, fun, and activities that cater to a variety of interests and preferences.

Swan Pool And Leisure Centre Map

Important Information 

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:30am - 10pm | Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 6pm
Before your visit make sure to check updates on Bank Holiday hours and closures.

Pricing and Tickets: Ticket prices vary dependant on what activity you choose. For full details head over to their website. 

Parking: The facility offers 126 parking spaces, including 4 accessible parking bays. Users of the leisure centre can obtain permits from reception for up to 4 hours of free parking. Permits must be displayed in your vehicle.

13. The Film Place

people watching a film at the film place in buckingham

The Film Place stands as Buckingham's very own cinema.

Showcasing films twice a week, (typically on Fridays and Saturdays) it has recently relocated to the luxurious theatre within Buckingham University's Vinson Building.

Equipped with comfy seating, surround sound, and air conditioning, it provides a great cinematic experience. 

As a not-for-profit charitable organisation it operates with the dedication of volunteers, ensuring that cinema enthusiasts in Buckingham have a great place to go to watch films. 

The Film Place Map

Important Information 

Pricing and Tickets: Tickets must be purchased online. The ticket price is £7.55 for adults and £5.39 for Children/Students. Children below 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Note that prices for special event tickets may differ.

Parking: Free car parking is available at the Island Car Park which is a short stroll from the theatre.

We hope our guide on the Best Things To Do In Buckingham has inspired you! 

Once you've explored all Buckingham town has to offer why not venture to other top attractions in the surrounding area like Bicester Village, Silverstone Interactive Museum and Bletchley Park.

At Villiers Hotel, we adore our hometown and wish you an amazing time in Buckingham.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related To: Best Things To Do In Buckingham

Is Buckingham a nice town?

Buckingham is a great place to visit. The historic market town boats a wealth of must-see attractions, great dining spots and river walks.

What is Buckingham famous for?

Buckingham was formerly the county town of Buckinghamshire as granted by Alfred the Great. It boasts a rich history spanning many centuries and is renowned for its fine array of Georgian buildings, including the historic Old Gaol and Town Hall.

Does Buckingham have a train station?

The nearest railway to Buckingham is Milton Keynes Central Station which is approximately 13 miles away. 

What areas are nearby Buckingham?

Some great towns and villages to explore near Buckingham include: Milton Keynes, Silverstone, Aylesbury, Northampton, Bicester and Bletchley. Approximately an hour's drive away is Marlow and High Wycombe which are also nice areas to explore!