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Aylesbury

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Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire. Not to be confused with Aylesford in Kent, a small village with famous its Catholic priory.

Understand[edit]

Aylesbury Clocktower

The town dates back to the 4th century BC when it was an Iron age hill fort. By Anglo Saxon times it had grown to be a major market town. In 1529 Henry VIII declared the town the town as the county town of Buckinghamshire although, it is thought the decision was more to gain favour with Thomas Boleyn (father of Anne Boleyn) who was owner of Aylesbury Manor. 1603/4 saw the population decimated by plague. The town played a significant role in the Civil War when it was a stronghold for Parliamentarian forces (1642 say the Battle of Aylesbury, won by the Parliamentarians).

Other "claims to fame":

  • A stronghold for the Parliamentarian forces in the English Civil War (1642 say the Battle of Aylesbury - won by Parliamentarians). Nearby Great Hampden has resulted in John Hampden becoming something of a "local hero"
  • The Aylesbury duck - breed of domesticated duck bred for meat and appearance although only one breed remains active today.
  • Great Train Robbery (1963) culprits were tried in Aylesbury Crown Court (1964)
  • Home to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which includes one of the world's leading centres for research, treatment, and rehabilitation of spinal injuries. The hospital is even more notable as the birthplace of the Paralympic Games. The UK's National Centre for Disability Sport is located next to the hospital, including an athletics stadium, indoor arenas for court sports and bowls, tennis courts, and a 25-metre swimming pool.

In 2005 the town was selected to be one of 6 "Cycling Demonstration Towns" receiving significant funding to develop cycling and cycle infrastructure in and around the town. As a result of this the town is well served by local cycle routes.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

By rail[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

On foot[edit]

The Ridgeway Footpath (87 miles) running from Overton Hill in Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring passes 5 miles SE of Aylesbury through Wendover.

Get around[edit]

Walking and cycling are both popular ways for exploring nearby hinterland. There has been substantial investment in a cycle route network

On foot[edit]

Aylesbury is a fairly small town with some parts of the centre being pedestrianised, thus making it an ideal place to walk around.

By bus[edit]

Local and county wide bus service operated by Arriva Bus

See[edit]

Waddesdon Manor
John Hampden Statue

Do[edit]

Visit Butler's Cross on a sunny day to see a view of the town from a hill.

Grand Union Canal - hire a narrowboat for a day or two to cruise.

  • 1 Aylesbury Canal Society (Day Boat Hire), Circus Field Basin, Stocklake, Aylesbury HP20 1AP, e-mail: . Apr-Oct. Also provides visitor moorings, slipway, wet dock. Per day: M-Th £100. F £110. Sa Su Bank Hols £120.

Take in a play at the beautiful Waterside Theatre, opened in 2010.

Buy[edit]

A historic market town, Aylesbury has a daily market in the town centre. Products include fruit, vegetables, clothes, horticulture and media. Every so often on the weekend a French Market operates, bringing with it cheeses, bread and various other French delicacies.

Supermarkets[edit]

  • 1 Tesco (Supermarket), Tring Rd, Aylesbury HP20 1PQ, +44 345 677 9013. M 06:00-00:00. Tu-Sa 24h. Su 10:00-16:00. Petrol station (different hours). ATMs. Pharmacy (different hours)
  • 2 Morrissons (Supermarket), Station Way West, Aylesbury HP20 2HX, +44 1296 392055. M-Sa 07:00-22:00. Su 10:00-16:00. Cafe & pharmacy (different hours). ATMs

Cyclists[edit]

Eat[edit]

Restaurants are dotted around the town centre, ranging from fast food to à la carte styles.

  • 1 Desire (Indian Restaurant), 40 Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury HP20 2JE, +44 1296 482888. Daily 18:00-23:30.
  • 2 Peking Inn (Chinese Restaurant & Take-away), Cambridge Place, Aylesbury HP20 2LQ, +44 1296 421211. Restaurant: M-Sa 17:30-22:00. Su 12:00-22:00; Take-away: M-Th 17:00-23:00. F Sa 12:00-14:00 & 17:00-23:30. Su 12:00-23:00.
  • 3 The Works (Restaurant), 7-9 Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 1TA, +44 1296 437289, e-mail: . M-Th 09:00-22:00 F Sa 09:00-23:00. Su 10:00-22:00.
  • 4 Just Baguettes (Sandwich Shop), 8/10 Bourbon St, Aylesbury HP20 2RR, +44 1296 399555, e-mail: .
  • 5 Bucks Balti House (Restaurant, Take-away & Delivery), 120 High St, Aylesbury HP20 1RB 120 High Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1RB, +44 1296 337900. Daily 17:30-23:00.

Drink[edit]

The main late night venue's are situated around the cinema area, and also Kingsbury Square.

Aylesbury also has a number of excellent pubs selling locally brewed beer including

Sleep[edit]

In the town centre there are a selection of small bed and breakfast, or pub hotels. A bit further out

  • 1 Premier Inn, Buckingham Rd, Aylesbury HP19 9QL, +44 871 527 8036 (premium). Free on-site parking. Free Wi-Fi From £41.
  • 2 Holiday Inn, New Road, Weston Turville HP22 5QT (2½ miles ESE of Aylesbury), +44 871 942 9002 (premium). Check-in: from 14:00. Free Wi-Fi. Indoor swimming pool
  • 3 Best Western Garden Court, Buckingham Rd, Aylesbury HP19 0FY, +44 0844 387 6252 (premium). Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Free Wi-Fi. Free on-site parking. No pets
  • 4 House Forty One (B&B), 41 King Edward Avenue, Aylesbury HP21 7JE, +44 1296 483153, e-mail: . From £85 (double), £65 (single occupancy).
  • 5 Arngrove (B&B), 15 Vale Rd, Aylesbury HP20 1JA, +44 1296 709961 (09:00-21:00), e-mail: . Check-in: 17:00-21:00, check-out: 08:00-11:00. Single from £40; Double from £75.

Self Catering[edit]

Self-catering apartments in Aylesbury are now becoming popular alternatives to hotel stays. There are thousands of self-catering apartments available throughout the city centre and outskirts - providing accommodation for up to 8 people at a time, for stays of anything from one night to 1 year.

Connect[edit]

  • 2 Post Office, 25 - 29 High St, Aylesbury HP20 1SH. M-Sa 09:00-17:30. Su 10:00-16:00.

Go next[edit]

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