Claydon has been the home of the Verney family for nearly four centuries. The current house was built by the second Earl Verney between 1757 and 1771 and was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957. The interior is notable for the ornate Rococo plasterwork and the grand staircase. The Chinese Room is particularly special. Unfortunately photography...more
The Buckinghamshire County Museum is based in some old buildings (part dating from 15th century) in the old part of Aylesbury town. There are permanent displays about the history and culture of Buckinghamshire (including furniture-making and the famous Aylesbury ducks) as well as temporary exhibitions.There is also the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery...more
There are lots of good walks in the Chilterns. One option is to walk along the scarp of the Chilterns, with great views over Aylesbury vale. You can take a train from Aylesbury to Wendover (2 stops), then walk up Bacombe Hill, Coombe Hill (the highest point of the Chilterns) and Cymbeline's mount, crossing the Chequers estate (the country estate of...more
Waddesdon Manor looks like a 16th century French chateau. This is no accident, as it was built by Ferdinand de Rothschild (in the late 19th century) to provide a fitting setting for his collection of French furniture, porcelain and carpets. There are also paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds and Dutch and Flemish masters. The house is simply full...more
The former Quainton Road railway station is now a fascinating railway museum. There are lots of special events - you can take a ride on a steam train, or even meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.Another station building has been relocated from Oxford to make a visitor centre with a couple of indoor displays (VIP carriages etc.), a 'cinema...more
St Tiggywinkles is a wildlife hospital, specialising in hedgehogs, though they look after all sorts of wildlife. If you come on your own you may not see any of their hedgehog residents, but you can learn how to make a hedgehog-friendly garden, see baby birds being fed, and visit the hedgehog museum, a shrine to all things hedgehog.I organised a...more
London Road, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, HP22 5HL, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
9 High St, Aylesbury, HP22 6DU, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
This hotel is located a little outside Aylesbury town centre. It is a low rise building, with...more
You won't leave this restaurant hungry... The food is gorgeous and the family atmosphere very festive (esp. on a Saturday night).
Favorite Dish: The "Marchant de vin" sauce is.... aahaaaa! The beef strogonoff.... The zaleh's salad dressing... The béarnaise... The sticky Toffee Pudding... Oh well, There you are:
Chargrilled Entrecôte of Scotch Beef 'Au Poivre' or Béarnaise 12.95
Beef Stroganoff Pan Fried Scotch Beef with Cream & Cognac served with Straw Chips 10.95
Steak, Mushroom & Ale Pie A rich sauce with Irish Ale & tender pieces of Beef topped with a Shortcrust Pastry 8.95
Fillet of Lamb with Béarnaise Sauce 13.95
Brochette of Marinated Lamb served with a timbale of Saffron Rice & Salad 13.95
Breast of Barbary Duck with crushed Peppercorns, Honey & Parsnip Mash 13.95
Marinated breast of Chicken in a Herb, Garlic Crust with a Tomato & Basil Sauce & fresh Tagliatelle 9.95
Brochette of Chicken brushed with Saffron Butter & Lemon served with Saffron Rice & Salad 9.95
Chicken Stroganoff Strips of Chicken Pan Fried in Cream and Cognac served with Rice 9.95
Crispy Roast Cod with Salsa Dressing 10.95
Griddled Red Mullet with a warm Gazpacho sauce 10.95
Salmon Supreme with Hollandaise Sauce & Julienne of Saffron Vegetables 10.95
Tagliatelle with roasted peppers & tomatoes with rocket, parmesan finished with basil oil 8.95
Mille-feuille of forest mushrooms with brandy and & chive cream sauce 9.95
Chiltern railways runs a good service to Aylesbury (2 trains per hour via Amersham plus additonal trains via High Wycombe) from London Marylebone.
However, there is sometimes engineering work during the weekends, when trains are replaced by buses.
Obsidian Art is an interesting little gallery which is based at the Bucks Goat Centre (yes, really). You don't have to visit the Goat Centre to get into the gallery though, if you don't want to.
They run a range of special exhibitions through the year - there is usually one about the local Chiltern landscape at some point, and usually one on horses in art in around September, though prints of art from previous exhibitions and sundries such as greetings cards and jewellery are always available. All work is for sale.
What to buy: Original art and photographs; prints, ceramics and glass, jewellery. Even the occasional piece of handmade furniture; greetings cards. It's well worth a visit to look round even if you aren't looking to buy anything, but it's also a good place to go for a special gift.
If you can't afford originals, prints are available showing the work of many of the artists they exhibit and there is a framing service.
What to pay: £50 and upwards for a framed print; original art can cost from hundreds to three or four thousand pounds depending on the artist. c.£20 and up for handmade jewellery.