Visiting Aylesbury – A Guide
Aylesbury is a market town close to the gentle hills of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an hour from London by train and surrounded by rolling farmland.
Historic buildings like the 19th-century Corn Exchange surround its cobbled Market Square. The old town is home to Tudor and Georgian buildings and 13th-century St. Mary’s church. There’s also a modern shopping centre and two flourishing theatres.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and London Luton Airport (LTN) are both around 45 minutes’ drive away.
Aylesbury: town layout
Market Square has been the town’s focal point since Anglo-Saxon times. A neo-Gothic clock tower stands here, close to a statue of local hero and English Civil War leader, John Hampden.
South of the centre is the Bucks County Museum, home to the Roald Dahl Children's' Gallery.
West of town, the Rothschild family’s Waddesdon Manor is surrounded by formal gardens and filled with works of art.
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Hotels in Aylesbury
You'll find small hotels and guesthouses in suburban areas of Aylesbury, and popular chain hotels on the outskirts of town.
Larger hotels with restaurants, pools and off-street parking are located near central Aylesbury on highways like the A41. These have easy road access to Woburn Abbey, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Heathrow and Luton airports.
Eating Out in Aylesbury
Aylesbury is surrounded by farms, so you'll find locally-sourced produce in town-centre eateries and village gastropubs all around Buckinghamshire.
Historically, the town was famous for its plump white ducks. Richard Waller maintains the tradition at Aylesbury Duck Farm, supplying tender meat to local restaurants.
Nearby Terrick is renowned for Terrick beef, and home to craft beermaker Chiltern Brewery, which also makes Terrick Truckle cheese.
Nearby Hale Valley Vineyard makes dry white wines from grapes grown on chalky Chilterns soil.
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Shopping in Aylesbury
You can browse stalls in Aylesbury’s cobbled Market Square four days a week. You’ll find antiques and collectables at Tuesday’s Aylesbury Vintage and Craft Market and Aylesbury Farmers' Market on the last Tuesday of the month.
High-street favourites like House of Fraser and H&M can be found at Friars Square Shopping Centre.
Looking for designer bargains? Hop on a bus to the renowned Bicester Village for outlet shopping.
Gift shops around Aylesbury
Culture & Nightlife in Aylesbury
Entertainment in Aylesbury ranges from theatres presenting classical music, drama and dance to pubs hosting local bands.
Friars Aylesbury is a cavernous 1960s music club which helped launch the careers of legends like David Bowie and Genesis.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre presents West End musicals, drama, opera and ballet.
Queen's Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre promotes blues and folk nights, theatre, comedy and world music.
Live music in Aylesbury
Visiting Aylesbury with a Family
Family entertainment in Aylesbury includes attractions dedicated to children’s author Roald Dahl and parks where kids can get close to wild creatures and farmyard animals.
Kids can pet lambs and bunnies at Green Dragon Eco Farm, or zoom down zip wires and scramble over tree-top rope bridges at Go Ape! Wendover Woods.
Birds and beasts in Buckinghamshire