Great Missenden Travel Guide

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Great Missenden Things to Do

  • Great Missenden Christmas Event 2014

    Each year there is a pre-Christmas event in Great Missenden High Street, often with a Victorian or Dickensian theme.The 2014 event will be on Saturday 29 November from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. As well as a Christmas market and seasonal shopping, there will be festive food and drink, carol singing and live jazz, Victorian fairground organs, children's...

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  • Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

    This museum is partly about the life of Roald Dahl, and partly about the process of creative writing. There are lots of interactive things to do, from dressing up as a Dahl character to making a stop-frame animation film. Watch out for the chocolate doors - they even SMELL of chocolate!Refreshments, including snozzcumber sandwiches, are available...

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  • Church of St Peter and St Paul

    A church has always occupied the site since the 12th Century though the current one has been present since the 1500-1600s. During the 19th Century the church had undergone extensions and renovations. The church is on a hill and is accessed by a bridge over the bypass. Roald Dahl is buried at this church and his gravestone is found there. Further...

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  • The Roald Dahl Museum

    The museum opened in 2005 to dedicate Roald Dahl's career as a writer and also Great Missenden was where he spent rest of life since 1954 and wrote his famous children's books such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Friendly Giant, James and the Giant Peach and so forth.The museum celebrates his life from when he was a young boy to...

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  • The Roald Dahl Village Trail

    Before visiting the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre I did the village trail of Great Missenden. I began from the railway station (known for "Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety"); passed the library (where Matilda visited regularly while her Mum played bingo in Aylesbury ("Matilda"); and stopped at the post office (the place in receipt of mail...

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  • Gipsy House Garden

    The garden at Gipsy House, the former home of writer Roald Dahl, where he wrote his famous children's stories, is open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme on a few afternoons (2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.) during the summer.As well as the attractive gardens themselves, you can see the hut where Dahl actually did his writing, and there is a...

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  • Walking in the Chilterns

    There are lots of public footpaths around for walking in the local countryside. You can buy a detailed footpath map from the Chiltern Society http://www.chilternsociety.org.uk/, or you can download guided walks leaflets from Buckinghamshire County Council website:http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/rights_of_way/recreational_routes/index.stm

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  • Steam Rally

    A steam rally is held in the nearby village of Prestwood on the first weekend in July every year. You can see beautifully preserved historic steam engines (from huge traction engines like the one in the picture to miniature engines with rides for children) and often there is a classic car rally as well. The downside is that in the week or so before...

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  • Roald Dahl

    One thing that Great Missenden does have is the home of Roald Dahl. If you come during the summer months, there is a small fair/festival, and the Roald Dahl gardens around the house are open to the public, soif you were a fan of his, then this would be a great oppourtunity. If you want more information on this, just e-mail me, and i can give you...

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Great Missenden Restaurants

  • Classic French

    La Petite Auberge is a small French restaurant (c.30 covers) at the quieter end of Missenden High Street. It doesn't have great views, and the decor is understated. What is does have is classic food, well-cooked. Although it's been there for nearly as long as we have lived in the area (about 20 years) but we only recently visited for the first...

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  • Tasty Chinese

    Update: November 2012 - Ho Ho has closed.Don't be put off by the not particularly prepossessing exterior - this is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the area. Despite that, it's not hard to get a table. Most of their business seems to be take-aways, despite the spacious seating.The interior decor is typical of a Chinese restaurant in...

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  • The hungry commuter's friend

    Update September 2014:Sadly Pot Deli at Great Missenden Station has closed. I'm hoping it will be back soon. In the meantime, The Pantry on Platform One provides a hot food option until 8.00 p.m. Pot Deli served take-away portions of freshly-cooked healthy dishes to hungry commuters on their way home. There is usually a choice of about four main...

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  • That Dahl Experience

    Cafe Twit is part of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, but also has an entrance from the street, so you can visit it even if you aren't going to the museum.It's pretty much like any other cafe/coffee shop except for the Dahl-themed menu. Snozzcumber sandwiches, anyone?

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  • Bangladeshi specialities

    This restaurant serves Bangladeshi specialities as well as the usual Indian restaurant dishes.It's much larger inside than it looks from the street. It might only be a side dish, but the Sag Paneer was delicious.

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  • 'Trendy Wine Bar'

    How do you hide a trendy wine bar in a traditional village street? You put it in the shell of an old village pub - in this case the White Lion in Great Missenden High Street. The sparkly bar top and coloured lights can come as a bit of a shock when you enter and discover that the inside is a modern wine bar/cocktail bar. It certainly seems popular...

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Great Missenden Transportation

  • Great Missenden Railway Station

    I took the train from London Marylebone to Great Missenden. It took me approximately 45 minutes and cost me around 10.80 gbp for an off peak day return (March 2014). Trains are run by Chiltern Railways and are half hourly (12 mins past the hour and 42 minutes to the hour). It was a nice ride through the Chiltern Hills and Buckinghamshire country to...

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  • Good train service - but check first at...

    Chiltern Railways runs a good service (2 trains an hour, more at peak times) between London Marylebone and Aylesbury, stopping at Great Missenden.Sometimes maintenance work is carried out at weekends though, and trains are replaced by buses for part of the route. Check before travelling.

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