Our top places to visit with kids in Buckinghamshire.
Buckinghamshire is not only enriched in history, it is mainly set in beautiful countryside surrounded by stunning greenery and architecture, and has plenty for visitors and residents to see and do.
I have lived in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for most of my life, apart from, the 10 years I lived in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Again, Kent is beautiful and known as the garden of England – I have been very lucky with the places I have lived.
Now as a resident of Buckinghamshire and a mum to twins, I wanted to share some places we have visited that we have really enjoyed local to us. I will update this list when we have explored new places so be sure to bookmark and check back again.
I have linked to each place of interest and created an overview of the experience and facilities.
We have been going to Waddesdon since the girls were born and visit a lot. We absolutely love it here. Free entry to the grounds with a National Trust membership – closed Mondays and Tuesdays and during colder months.
- Child and Parent Parking and disabled parking
- Take a private bus up to the grounds from the car park
- Enjoy the fun packed Woodland Park area
- Plenty of picnic spots
- Take in the breathtaking views
- Visit the Aviary and spot rare and precious birds
- Have a spot of lunch at The Stables
- Dive into a yummy ice cream or sorbet from the Ice Cream and Waffle Parlor
- Let the kids run free with plenty of places to run and climb trees
- Look out for themed weekends and special events throughout the year
- There are plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities located around the grounds – the entrance, near the shop at the manor (side access) and The Stables.
Check website for admissions and opening times
- Great day out for the kids
- Be sure to take the mini train at the entrance – this does bring you back so you will have to walk from the entrance to the model village
- There is also an area to eat and a place that sells ice cream
- The model village itself is quite large and intricate with lots of buildings to look at
- Take some pound coins if you think you’ll want to use the remote boats
- Check out the play park on site before leaving
- They also have a gift shop on exit
- Parking is not on-site but there is free parking close by – I would say around a 5-minute walk from the venue
We love horses and The Horse Trust is a home of rest for retired horses. Founded in 1886 to help London working horses.
- There is limited parking here so check for peak season and arrive early
- Check in advance for grooming days – this is usually in the summer months
- There is a cafe on site
- A wonderful opportunity for children to see lots of beautiful horses to say hello and some don’t mind gentle strokes
- If they are in their stables, you will need to pick the small children up so they can stroke the horses
- They only accept cash at the entrance so be sure to take cash with you – it cost £5 to enter (2018 price)
We have been a few times and really enjoy Stowe. It’s great in the autumn months capturing all the autumnal colours.
- Take a buggy ride the grounds for added fun for the kids – plus it’s a very long walk for little legs from the main entrance
- There is a cafe on site at the main entrance building which is where you can take the buggy from to the main grounds – they sometimes put craft days on, so always check the website before going to see what days they are running them
- There is a huge lake central to paths and smaller temple buildings
- Great location for exploring
- Also great for having picnics in good weather
I even have my original copies of my Roald Dahl collection from 30 years ago which I have passed down to my girls. They adore the stories and the films. When I visited the museum for the first time, I even cried a little seeing the chair where Roald Dahl once wrote I felt quite emotional to be so close to my childhood hero.
- Parking is off-site but only around a 5-minute walk to the museum
- Very interactive and perfect for older children that can follow instructions, read and write
- They have a fabulous arts and craft area
- Great fun for smaller children with lots to see, touch and learn
- There is a cafe on site
- Plus, you can enjoy the village and countryside trail and soak up even more inspiration
Currently undergoing a refurbishment, Wendover Woods is a wonderful place to take the family.
- Parking on-site
- Woodland trails, including the famous Gruffalo trail
- Go-Ape Wendover
- Expect lots of muddy puddles (expect on dry days of course)
- Cafe in the woods – this will be new by the time WW reopens.
- Beautiful views
- Toilets on-site
I am looking forward to seeing the new and improved Wendover Woods – I will be sure to update here.
Although officially Berkshire, it’s right on the tip ofBuckinghamshiree boarders. We recently went with friends and had such a wonderful time. I have shared my top tips to make the most out of your visit to Legoland Windsor. Tips and Tricks for Legoland.
- Plenty of toilets on site – which were very clean and large enough to fit all three of us in
- Lots of places to eat and picnic areas
- Very informative and plenty of staff around should you need them
- Very young child-friendly and lots of rides you can go on with two children as a lone parent
- They also have a phone app which came in handy navigating ride queues
Please check out my blog post to find out more about this super fun day out.
My girls absolutely love going to the theater. We have been twice in the past couple of years and have another event booked this Christmas.
- Child-friendly shows – especially the Christmas pantomime
- Somewhere to grab something light to eat and drink
- Parking is very close to the theater
- Very clean and airy
- Lots of friendly staff available to help if you need it
A local animal hospital open 24/7, 365 days to care for all sick, injured and orphaned British wildlife.
The Tiggywinkles visitor centre is set in beautiful gardens in the heart of the Chilterns countryside which is home to some of their permanent animals who cannot be returned to the wild.
So a blind hedgehog or 3-legged deer can live here in near-natural conditions, where they can be health-assessed regularly so they can live out the rest of their lives in safety.
Whilst it doesn’t take long to walk around, it’s great to support this wonderful charity. We have been a few times and really enjoy visiting the animals.
- Gift shop
- Parking on-site
- Animal talk sessions
- Viewing Windows into the Hospital
- Red Kite Flight Aviaries & Education Centre
- There is also a cafe there too
If you have never had the chance to explore any of these places, I really hope you can. I will update this page with any new places that we visit so be sure to check back or bookmark this page.
Of course, these are just my views based on our own experiences so please bear that in mind when visiting any of the places we have mentioned. This is not a sponsored or affiliated post, I wrote this because I wanted to share what wonderful places we have in the area.