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
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High Wycombe Things to Do

  • 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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  • Wycombe Museum

    Wycombe Museum is a local history museum operated by the local council. It is based in an 18th-century house. There are hands-on activities for children, and permanent displays about the history of furniture making in the Wycombe area (including a reconstruction of a bodger's hut*), and other local history, as well as temporary exhibitions. Limited...

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  • The Rye

    The Rye is a large park area to the east of the town centre. In medieval times the town's burgesses had the right to graze two cows and a heifer on the land.It was the site of a battle during the English Civil War in 1642. Wycombe was held by the Parliamentarians, and a small Royalist force, commanded by Lord Wentworth was sent to take the town,...

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  • Wycombe Swan Theatre

    Wycombe Swan is a 1000-seat theatre in the centre of High Wycombe. It host a range of touring productions and acts from plays to stand-up comedy and musical tribute acts.As well as the main auditorium, the adjacent Town Hall also forms part of the venue and is used for smaller productions/events.The name of the theatre comes from the swan on the...

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  • Brunel Railway Shed

    The grade II listed historic Brunel railway shed at High Wycombe station has recently been given a facelift as part of improvements to the station entrance.The shed, which was built to a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of the Great Western Railway in 1854, was the original station terminus building. After a new station was built ten years...

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High Wycombe Hotels

  • Premier Inn High Wycombe

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Holiday Inn High Wycombe M40, Jct.4

    I was flying out from Heathrow airport and the weather forecast was appalling. So, rather than...

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  • Clifton Lodge Hotel

    210 West Wycombe Road, High Wycombe, HP12 3AR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

High Wycombe Restaurants

  • Dyslexic Menu

    *UPDATE* Hacienda hass now closed, and been replaced by a fish and chip shop. I can't say that I miss it, but am keeping this tip in memory of the 'coffee sauce' incident. This is a lively restaurant, that can get a bit noisy. The food is fairly average (tip: chicken dishes are better than beef).On the dessert menu we found 'sticky toffee pudding...

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  • Nice Thai

    Eat Thai is a very good Thai restaurant, arguably the best restaurant in High Wycombe town centre. It is located in an attractive old building that was once a post office. Inside, the decor is contemporary. They offer a fusion menu and more traditional Thai dishes. The prices are a bit higher than average for Wycombe, but I have just discovered...

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  • Leave room for dessert

    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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  • Tapas, anyone?

    Update: This branch of La Tasca has now closed. La Tasca specialises in Spanish-style tapas - small dishes to share. They recommend 3-4 per person. We ordered 7 between two of us, which was about right for reasonably hungry/greedy people like us. In terms of quality, it is good for Wycombe town centre, but probably not up to the standard of a tapas...

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  • Fish a speciality

    The Red Lion is a former village pub which is now mainly a restaurant, although there is a cosy bar area. On our first visit, I had pork belly with savoy cabbage, sweet potato mash and quince for a starter. This was absolutely delicious, though it was rather robust for a starter, and the portion size was quite large. Fortunately, I am greedy!For...

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  • Greek cuisine

    The location (above a butcher's shop at a busy crossroads) is not ideal, but if you can avoid looking out of the window at the petrol station opposite, Santorini manages to provide a good Greek ambience. They provide a traditional greek menu of items such as dolmades, kleftico, moussaka etc, as well as mezze, at good prices, which makes it a good...

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High Wycombe Nightlife

  • 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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  • Pre Drinks

    The Falcon was definately the place to go before the 'big' night out. It sold the cheapest drinks out in the town! (gotta love those cocktail jugs) The staff needed a bit of work but the place was always busy and the atmosphere was friendly. A definate place to check out if you're in Wycombe.(They also serve fairly decent chicken filet - don't...

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High Wycombe Transportation

  • 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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  • 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. It is particularly convenient for Wycombe Swan, just across Queen Victoria Road. The Swan car park itself is often full and takes ages to get out of.It costs £1.50...

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  • Chiltern Railways

    Chiltern Railways run a good service to High Wycombe from London Marylebone (and vice versa, obviously). The journey takes about 40 minutes. Tickets are not that cheap (no railway service in the UK is) but Chiltern is generally regarded as one of the better railway companies.

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High Wycombe Shopping

  • Market Days

    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.Hours of Operation:8am to 4pm every Tuesday & Friday8am to 5pm Saturdays It's a general market, with a street food and produce square.

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  • Eden saw play! (well shopping, anyway)

    Eden is the new shopping centre in High Wycombe. It includes a brand new House of Fraser department store, Marks and Spencer, Jane Norman, Zara, River Island, Topman, H&M, Monsoon, La Senza, Principles, New Look, LK Bennett, Office and Gap, among many others.It may not be that impressive if you are used to Birmingham's Bull Ring, or Manchester's...

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  • Wholesome deli

    An independent delicatessen store with a cheerful owner with a good range of a select items of excellant quailty foods. Lunchtime rolls and sandwiches, local English Cheeses, coffee beans (Les will grind the beans for you if you want), olive oils, and loose tea. Expect to pay a little more for the above average quality foods.

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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 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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  • The Library

    One of the first things I did when I arrived in Wycombe was get a Library card. They have access to computers and Internet, as well as a wide selection of cheap movies you can borrow. (I think its around 1.50 pound) The selection of books is adequate, and there are archives available to read through on the upper level of the Library.OPENING HOURS...

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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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