Nestled between the rolling Cotswolds and the Chiltern Hills you’ll find Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire. This ancient market town has bags full of history beneath its belt, which you can discover by ticking off the town’s excellent local museum and National Trust attractions. Speaking of, the Waddesdon Manor is one of the best days out in the entire country and a must-visit for anyone staying at our Aylesbury hotel. When it comes to eating out you can take your pick from any number of excellent restaurants and cafes dotted around town, as well as a Michelin Bib Gourmand gastropub hidden away in the countryside. As if all that wasn’t enough, be sure to save some time to visit the incredible Waterside Theatre that stands out as one of the country’s most incredible entertainment venues.
Things to do in Aylesbury
When it comes to days out you’ll struggle to find better than Waddesdon Manor. It’s one of the top properties in the National Trust’s portfolio and was voted attraction of the year by Visit England. You can also visit the famous Roald Dahl gallery, the railway centre, Aylesbury Odeon cinema and more.
The Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury is one of the most impressive in the country. An incredible feat of architecture, it’s a fantastic place to see a play, or catch a legendary Friars music night. Find out more, see what’s on, and read about the rival venues in town with the help of our local guide.
As the county town of Buckinghamshire, you can bet there are plenty of retail options should you find yourself fancying a shopping spree during your stay at our Aylesbury hotel. Your main two options are in the heart of the town centre, either side of the Aylesbury Market Square. First up is Friars Square, it’s home to High Street fashion favourites such as H&M, Topshop and House of Fraser. It’s also home to several jewellers and popular branches of Pandora and Waterstones. Hale Leys pales in comparison, but it’s still good for picking up a bargain. It’s also where you’ll find Boots, as well as DUKES, one of our favourite Aylesbury entertainment venues. Last of all, the Aylesbury Shopping Park is situated just out of town with large outlets of popular stores such as HomeSense, Sports Direct, and Argos, not to mention more than 600 free parking spaces.
With some of the town’s top attractions, such as Waddesdon Manor, located short distances outside the town centre, the best way to visit Aylesbury is by car. However, if that’s a no go then there are plenty of local Aylesbury Taxi providers for you to choose from, Falcon Taxis being among the most popular. Alternatively, Aylesbury has Uber so you can always whip out your smartphone to find a ride.
In terms of your public transport options, buses run locally from Aylesbury Bus Station, which you will find next to the Friar’s Square shopping centre. Over the road, you’ll also find Aylesbury Railway Station, the town’s main train station. Every day bar Sunday, two services per hour run to London.
If you’re travelling from further afield then Luton Airport is your nearest option. However, at around a 40-minute drive away, getting a taxi to transfer from the airport may not be the most cost-effective way to reach Aylesbury. You could hire a car from one of the official rental providers at arrivals, or take the free shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway railway station where you can switch to travelling by train.