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Chesham is a town in Buckinghamshire, England and is 25 miles to the north-west of London.


Chesham is a market town set at the convergence of several valleys in the Chiltern Hills. The nearest towns are Amersham and Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. The River Chess rises just to the north of the town. Its history can be summed up by the phrase "the four Bs of Chesham. boots, beer, brushes and baptists" which relates to the growing prosperity of the town in the 18th century and being a focus for religious dissent and nonconformity. The population has doubled to around 20,000 since the Second World War. Politically, control of the town has swung between Conservative and Liberal.

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By train[edit]

Chesham is a terminus for the Metropolitan Line. Trains arrive from London Baker Street every 15 minutes peak periods and 30 minutes off-peak. Train times for stations to London are available from Transport for London

By bus[edit]

Bus services connect the town with Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead, Heathrow Airport and Watford.

By plane[edit]

Heathrow and Luton are the nearest airports.

By car[edit]

The A416 runs through the town connecting it to Amersham the A41 to connect to and from London and Aylesbury. The M1 and M40 motorways are also within easy reach.

Get around[edit]

By local bus[edit]

Arriva, Carousel Buses, Woottens and Redline provide local and connecting bus services.Timetables avaialable via

By taxis[edit]


  • Chesham Museum15 Market Square, HP5 1HG +44 1494 792549. Open between: Sunday 31st March to Sunday 27th October 2013 - Tuesday - 11am until 4pm; Wednesday - 11am until 4pm; Saturday - 11am until 4pm. With a unique history of the people, pastimes, the social reform and industry of the town of Chesham. £2.50.
  • The ElgivaSt Mary's Way, HP5 1HR +44 1494 582900, e-mail: . Open between: Sunday to Saturday subject to current programme of events. The Elgiva is a 300 seated theatre, with digital cinema facilities. It is owned and managed by Chesham Town Council. The Elgiva put on professional and amateur productions, comedy acts, musicals, ballet/dance, one night shows, a pantomime, exhibitions, weddings and other public and private events.
  • Lowndes Park. A major historic feature of Chesham donated to the town in 1953 by the Lowndes family. It has 36 acres comprising parkland and recreational facilities including children's play areas, a multi-sports court, a skateboard park, the historic avenue (also a cycle route), public toilets and Skottowes pond. A series of free, open air concerts is staged in the bandstand area during July and August each year. The upper park provides views across the town, places to walk and habitats for local wildlife and a barrow an Ancient Scheduled Monument. Managed by Chiltern Town Council it is looked after by The friends of Loundes Park


  • Chesham Moor Swim and GymMoor Road, HP5 1SE +44 1494 776975. Monday 06.00 - 21.00, Tuesday 06.00 - 21.00, Wednesday 06.00 - 21.00, Thursday 06.00 - 21.00, Friday 06.00 - 20.00, Saturday 08.00 - 18.0, Sunday 08.00 - 17.00.. There is an open air swimming pool. A multi court marked out for tennis, netball, 5-a-side football and basketball. A gym for exercise and fitness classes.
  • Chesham LibraryElgiva Lane, HP5 2JD +44 1494 776975. Monday/Thursday 09.30 - 19.30, Tuesday/Wednesday 09.30 - 17.30, Saturday 09.00 - 17.00, Friday/Sunday closed..


The main retail areas is the pedestrianised High Street, The Broadway and Market Square, all close to the Underground Station. Other shops can be found along the Berkhamsted Road. C

Chesham is a traditional Chilterns Market Town, with a market charter granted in 1257 by Henry III. There are three regular markets, as well as occasional continental markets during the year:

  • General Market - every Wednesday & Saturday
  • Local Produce Market - 4th Saturday of the month
  • Street Market - 2nd Saturday of the month


  • SainsburyElgiva Lane, HP5 2YA +44 1494 793052. Monday - Saturday 0700-2200; Sunday 1000-1600.
  • WaitroseThe Backs, HP5 1DR (extra directions if necessary),  +44 1494 791711. Monday - Saturday 0730-210; Sunday 1000-1600.



  • The Drawing RoomFrancis Yard, East Street, HP5 1DG +44 1494 791691.
  • Brown Sugar74 The Broadway, High Street, HP5 1EG +44 1494 794722.
  • Rumbles Sandwich Shop & Tea Room6-8 Church Street, HP5 1HT +44 1494 793380.



Go next[edit]

Nearby villages
Ashley Green
  • Chenies Manor
  • Chiltern Hills
  • Natural History Museum Tring
  • Waddesden Manor
  • Whipsonade Zoo
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Routes through Chesham
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