High Wycombe Travel Guide

  • High Wycombe town centre
    High Wycombe town centre
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  • Dashwood Mausoleum at dusk
    Dashwood Mausoleum at dusk
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  • Pann Mill
    Pann Mill
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High Wycombe Things to Do

  • Frogmoor

    Frogmoor is a square (well, paved area) towards the west of the town centre. It is notable for a failed attempt at a fountain (now removed), and some rather dodgy pubs. Sometimes a 'French Market' is held here. To celebrate the opening of the Eden development, they set up a ferris wheel, and for Easter they had old-fashioned funfair rides.

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  • Hellfire Caves

    These artificial caves were dug into the side of a hill at West Wycombe during in the 1740s, on the orders of the local landowner, the notorious Sir Francis Dashwood, who wanted to create employment for the locals during an economic slump following three failed harvests. The excavated chalk was used to build a road to the neighbouring town of High...

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  • Hughenden Manor

    Hughenden Manor is the former home of Victorian novelist and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, which he bought in 1848. It is located a mile or two outside the town. Part of the parkland is now owned by the District Council as a public open space. The manor itself and the remains of the park are owned by the National Trust. If you are visiting on...

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  • Wycombe Museum

    Wycombe Museum is a local history museum operated by the local council. It is based in an 18th-century house. It has just re-opened after refurbishment, with a spacious new cafe and shop on the ground floor, and exhibition space above. They have also installed a lift. As of January 2016 they were still in the process of arranging the display...

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  • All Saints Parish Church

    There has been a church on this site since the 11th century. It was consecrated by Archbishop Wulfstan in 1087. The current building dates from the late thirteenth century, with later additions. There was originally a centre tower, but after it became unsafe, a new one was built. Work started in 1521, and took about 14 years to complete. The...

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  • Hospital of St John the Baptist

    From c.1180 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the poor and infirm were cared for by the monks of the Hospital of St John the Baptist. After the Dissolution, it the town authorities wished to take over, and in 1562, Queen Elizabeth granted it to the town 'for the support and maintenance of four poor persons, and a master for the good...

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High Wycombe Hotels

  • Ambassador Court Hotel

    145-147 West Wycombe Road, High Wycombe, HP12 3AB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Travelodge High Wycombe Central

    Travelodge is a budget chain. It can be relied upon for a reasonably sized room with private...

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  • Premier Inn High Wycombe

    Thanstead Farm - London Road, Loudwater - Bucks, High Wycombe, HP10 9YL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

High Wycombe Restaurants

  • Noodle Nation, formerly Noodle Bar

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is literally a 'fast food' restaurant. It used to be known as 'Noodle Bar' but changed its name to 'Noodle Nation' as they couldn't trademark the old name. You choose either soup noodles or stir fry noodles: tthere are several choices of noodle (mai fun, yo min etc), which you can have with chicken, vegetables, beef, duck, seafood etc. ....

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  • ASK Italian

    3 out of 5 stars

    There are several coffee shops in the Eden Centre, including Starbucks and Cafe Nero, but if you are looking for something to eat as well, Muffin Break offers rather more choice. Food and snacks include a good choice of muffins (obviously), cakes and other baked goods, sandwiches, quiches and wraps. They even offer a savory cheese, tomato and ham...

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  • Zizzi

    Wycombe's Eden centre has a little cluster of chain restaurants between Marks and Spencer and the cinema and the Bus station: Pizza Express, Nandos, Wagamama and Zizzi. Zizzi is easily the best. Despite being part of a chain, they serve interesting and tasty pasta dishes and great desserts. I took my mum, who normally finds something to complain...

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  • Zara Indian Lounge

    The restaurant was just truly beautifully designed. The owners thought of every little detail. From the small little décor pieces, to the beautiful fish tank. The food is just delicious. The blend of spices was just magical. The waiters were really friendly and offered a perfect service. I will definitely visit again. Old Delhi Fatimah Murg...

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  • Pizza Express

    OK, it's a chain, but in my opinion it is the best pizza chain in the UK. You can even save Venice by eating pizza! The Wycombe branch of Pizza Express has moved into the premises in the Eden Centre that was formerly La Tasca. Their main business is pizza (obviously), of the thin based variety, but they also do pasta. They do a 'light' version of...

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  • Villagio

    Villagio is the latest occupant of the rather odd little stand-alone restaurant building in the Eden Centre. I think it is the fourth (or maybe fifth) since Eden opened in 2008. It's part of a small chain of Italian restaurants. We dropped in for lunch on a Saturday lunchtime, and found it rather better than expected. They were offering a grilled...

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High Wycombe Nightlife

  • The Falcon

    Yes, the staircase to the toilets is creaky. Yep, it's full of poker machines. To-tal, the tall bloke behind the bar is a rude bastard. But, The Falcon is a down to earth British pub (even if it is a Wetherspoons!). The food is cheap and rather yummy (nachos are especially qual, as is the low fat veggie pasta). But most importantly the drinks are...

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  • School Disco

    The local pubs usually had theme nights every so often....School Disco was by far my favorite....All my girls and I went down to Oneils for their School Disco we were already half pissed as you may imagine from our fine selection of alcohol shown below..Us gals were the light of the pub in our little school girl outfits....(supplied by Godstowe) I...

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  • Friday Night Ritual

    Every Friday night me and my gals would drinkie drink in one of the boarding houses before going down to the Local....Alco-pops would always be invovled but I stuck mostly to neat vodka...every 15 minutes after 9:30 baby~~ I definately miss those times.This picture depicts the first time I ever finished off a 30 cl on my own of vodka....it was a...

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High Wycombe Transportation

  • Chiltern Railways

    Chiltern Railways run a good service to High Wycombe from London Marylebone (and vice versa, obviously). The journey takes about 30 minutes, depending on the number of stops. Tickets are not that cheap (no railway service in the UK is) but Chiltern is generally regarded as one of the better railway companies.If, like me, you happen to live in...

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  • Parking space near Swan Theatre

    At evenings and weekends the public can park in the Council Office staff car park (a right turn from Easton Street, by the Law Courts). This is a little-known car park and is never full (the photo was taken on a Saturday afternoon). It is particularly convenient for Wycombe Swan, just across Queen Victoria Road. The Swan car park itself is often...

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  • The Bus Station

    The old Wycombe bus station was dark, smelly and horrible. The new one is much nicer, with an enclosed waiting area with seating and departure monitors, where you do not get gassed by the diesel fumes. There is also a cafe.Bus routes round the Wycombe area are colour-coded (red, green, orange, etc.)

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High Wycombe Shopping

  • Eden Shopping Centre

    Eden is the main shopping centre in High Wycombe, which opened 2008. At one end, it incorporates the ugly old 1960s Octagon Centre, but the western end is brand new (and ugly in a whole new way). It includes a brand new House of Fraser department store, Marks and Spencer, Wallis, Zara, River Island, Topman, H&M, Monsoon, Lush, Principles,...

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  • Market

    Markets are held in High Wycombe High Street on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Friday market has been held since 1237 by Royal Charter of King Henry III. It's a general market. In recent years they have added a street food area. Hours of Operation: 8am to 4pm every Tuesday & Friday 8am to 5pm Saturdays There's an excellent cut flower...

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  • The new(ish) shopping centre

    Eden is the main shopping centre in High Wycombe, which opened 2008. At one end, it incorporates the ugly old 1960s Octagon Centre, but the western end is brand new (and ugly in a whole new way). It includes a brand new House of Fraser department store, Marks and Spencer, Wallis, Zara, River Island, Topman, H&M, Monsoon, Lush, Principles,...

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High Wycombe Local Customs

  • Weighing the Mayor

    On the third Saturday of May, the incoming and outgoing Mayors, along with the Mayoresses (or Mayors' consorts) are weighed at a public ceremony in the town centre. Wycombe is the only town in the country to have this custom. The story goes that Queen Elizabeth I stayed in Wycombe (why not - she is said to have stayed everywhere else!) and...

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  • Weighing the Mayor

    On the third Saturday of May, the incoming and outgoing Mayors, along with the Mayoresses (or Mayors' consorts) are weighed at a public ceremony in the town centre. Wycombe is the only town in the country to have this custom. The story goes that Queen Elizabeth I stayed in Wycombe (why not - she is said to have stayed everywhere else!) and noticed...

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  • WINE & more WINE

    Wine and alcohol is a big part of the English cuture....so whenever there was a school party the Gaps would make the most of the free wine...Wouldn't you?

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High Wycombe Warnings and Dangers

  • Theives on the Metro!

    Be EXTREMELY careful if you travel by metro with all your luggage to the airport, especially in rush hour. The trains are packed and its hard to keep all your bags safe. I bent down to move a bag and someone carefully took out my video camera from a shoulder bag that was done up and secure and I didnt feel a thing. Now Ive been told they work in...

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  • Groundsman Alan!!

    This was the grounds keeper at the school I worked at....what a WEIRDO!Honestly he looked like a creep and his actions weren't any better.One time I was taking a shower and he came in and asked "are you taking a shower'....I was like UHHHhhh what do you think!?!scary guy...so watch out

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  • HOT BUTTER BANG!

    Rosie and I decided one night that we would try to make use of a nice slab of hash......I think that was one of the more dumb things I've done in my life:So we tried to smoke it to begin with but our attempts were unsuccessful...So cooking it was!We got out the frying pan and threw in some butter, vodka and hash...YUM doesn't it sound good....well...

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High Wycombe Off The Beaten Path

  • Pann Mill

    The River Wye used to run with some force through the valley. There used to be some 35 mills: for grinding corn, fulling cloth and later making paper. Most of these are now long gone - remembered only in the name of business premises or housing.Pann Mill is an old water mill that has been lovingly restored by the High Wycombe Society.There are...

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  • Boneyard

    The High Wycombe Cemetary, at the end of Shrubbery Rd (off Amersham Hill) is a peaceful place to chill out and relax. It is built on a slope and from the top you can see the whole of Wycombe (not so pretty), otherwise it is just an interesting place to wander around. Also a good shortcut from town to the top of Amersham Hill.

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  • This should have been an absolute must...

    The finest TV comedy of all time is of course "Fawlty Towers". The actual building used in the series was not in fact a dodgy hotel in Torquay (with a sea view of course), but was actually just outside Wycombe (and you would have to use a very powerful telescope to see the sea from there!)The buliding was located in a village called Woburn Green,...

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High Wycombe Sports & Outdoors

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    Play BASKETBALL

    by taryn_treloar Written Feb 14, 2004

    This was one of the best decisions that I made while I was in England. Joining a Basketball club. I met so many great people and had lots of incredible times. The competition was really good as well seeing as most of the ladies playing were late 20's to late 30's.....

    Many a good time had! This picture was at a tournament that we went to in Caister.....

    Read more about that in another tip!

    So join a team if you're in england for an extended period of time!

    bball gals

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High Wycombe Favorites

  • Santa at Hannibal School

    In 1991 we went to a school Christmas Bazaar at my sister's kids, Shane and Miranda's school. The rage of toy Trolls was back in fashion again at this time, it was like that back in the early 1970s, when I was at school too. All of the little kids were coming out of Sanata's Grotto with small plastic toy trolls. I wanted one too! So I gave the...

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  • My birthday cake

    Yes, this is exactly what you think it is, it's a 'Sh!t cake'! My sister's husband, Simon, kindly made it for me for my 29th birthday. I did get a normal cake from him whilst we were in the pub, but when I went around to my sister's house the day after, this was awaiting for me. There is a story around this cake however.One night; when I had gone...

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  • Commemorative windows

    In the Oak Room at the civic buildings called The Swan I came across this set of windows commemorating local dignatories of the past.

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