Visiting High Wycombe – A Guide
High Wycombe is an old market town in an enviable setting of rolling countryside, with easy access to London by rail or car. Its High Street with Georgian features and a covered retail arcade make it a pleasant shopping destination, but it also has historic treasures to delight the cultural tourist.
High Wycombe: town layout
Lively markets three times a week, set between the 18th-century Guildhall and the 1604 Little Market House, have been the heartbeat of High Wycombe since medieval times. The Buckinghamshire town is well linked to London and the rest of the region, thanks to its proximity to the M4, M40 and M25 motorways and a well-serviced train station.
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Hotels in High Wycombe
Being near major motorways M40, M4 and M25 puts High Wycombe within easy reach of Heathrow Airport, London, Oxford and Birmingham, so business visitors can combine accessibility with the delights of a countryside base.
You’ll find the parks and pools of Rye Park, Eden Centre’s shops, Wycombe Swan’s entertainment and the main train station all within the town centre.
Explore quaint towns and villages nearby – how about a lakeside setting in Marlow, or the royal charms of Windsor?
Eating Out in High Wycombe
The best way to mingle with locals is to head to the open air market and street-food court happening on High Street on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – from hog roasts to curries and homemade cakes, there is something for every taste. For coffee shops and family-friendly restaurants, wander through the Eden Centre. If you’re seeking a traditional pub experience to soak in Ye Olde English atmosphere, head to small villages on the outskirts.
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Shopping in High Wycombe
Whether you like market stalls or malls, High Wycombe has you covered. The Eden Centre offers a weatherproof setting to browse stores with plenty of options for coffee and lunch. Weekly markets on High Street are great spots for bargain hunting and to bag fresh, local produce.
High Wycombe Department Stores
Culture & Nightlife in High Wycombe
High Wycombe has a strong chair-making heritage dating back to the 17th century. You can learn all there is to know about it at Wycombe Museum, which also has local art and photography. Hughenden Manor is a treat for history and politics enthusiasts; the home of Benjamin Disraeli is a treasure trove of insights into the life of the Victorian statesman and author.
If a lively Friday night out is what you’re seeking, Frogmoor is the neighbourhood for you.
Cinema and Theatre in High Wycombe
Visiting High Wycombe with a Family
Thanks to large pedestrian areas, shopping with children feels safe and easy in the town centre. You can then walk to The Rye to burn off energy in the park, playground and heated open-air swimming pool. Beaconsfield’s model village, the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden and the great outdoors in Cliveden are all easy family day trips from High Wycombe.
Top tips for family fun in High Wycombe