A grand day out: the best historic houses in the Chilterns

The Chilterns is home to some of England’s oldest and most spectacular historic houses, all of which boast famous residents and visitors.

Getting outdoors in the Chilterns & the Thames Valley

Here are some of the best features of the great outdoors you can find in the Chilterns and the Thames Valley.

From space to syrup – a natural success

This local Chilterns producer is well-known for her range of unique fruit syrups.

How to become a big cheese

This local cheese company has earned itself a reputation since its launch in 2016.

Greys Court

The intriguing Greys Court juxtaposes a comfortable family home with fragments of a larger estate from centuries past. 

Henley River and Rowing Museum

A visit to the Henley River and Rowing Museum tells all about the history of this market town and rowing in the area.

Carry on Boating: the Bradt Travel Guide to Henley

A day trip to Henley is not complete without taking to the water on a river cruise, as we did on our annual company outing.

A day out in Midsomer

Take a tour around Henley-on-Thames to discover some of the familiar filming locations for the famous crime drama, Midsomer Murders.

Exiled heads of state: from Beneš to Zog

The Chilterns have welcomed exiled leaders, many fleeing Axis occupations during World War II.

Bletchley Park

Thanks to the blockbuster movie The Imitation Game and the ITV series The Bletchley Circle, the vital role Bletchley Park played as a codebreaking centre during World War II is known to millions.

King of the Goths

Buckinghamshire was the home of Sir George Gilbert Scott, the leading architect of Gothic revivalism.

One man and a book

If any single book has immortalised the Thames in literature, it’s Three Men in a Boat (1889). 

Musical interlude: The Vicar of Bray

For those of us who learnt it at school it’s impossible to visit Bray without thinking of this song.

Exceptional places to visit in 2019

Planning a trip for 2019? Take a look at our favourite destinations to travel to this year, as recommended by our expert authors.