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Visitor attractions & museums

All over the Chilterns there are fantastic opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, orienteering, Nordic fitness, running, geocaching and more.

The Chiltern Society already organises lots of walks and cycle rides, and we hope to develop links with clubs offering other activities in the near future. When your preference is for indoor activities, we have listings for a huge variety of museums and visitor attractions, several of which offer discounts for Chiltern Society members as indicated below.

We also run a programme of guided events and activities, details of which can be found here.

Please click on one of the tabs below to find out about things to do in your area. For further information click a venue's name to open its website an additional window.

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FREE ENTRY Free*   CAFE Refreshments   SHOPPING Shop(s)   Member discounts Chiltern Society member discount(s)

* May apply to certain visitors only, eg., children. Check before your visit if necessary.

  • Visitor attractions
  • Museums
Bedfordshire  
Mead Open Farm
CAFE
Stanbridge Rd.,
Billington, LU7 9JH. Tel: 01525 852954
Wide range of fun activities for children.
The Chilterns Gateway Centre NT
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
Dunstable Rd.,
Whipsnade, LU6 2GY. Tel: 01582 500920
Extensive chalk downs with stunning views. NT Visitor Centre.
Olde Watermill Shopping Village
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
off Faldo Rd., Barton-le-Clay, MK45 4RF. Tel: 0840 507 5872 Dickensian style shopping village. Regular events.
Priory House
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
33 High Street, Dunstable, LU6 3RZ. Tel: 01522 891420 Permanent town history exhibition, Tourist Information Centre, gardens, tea room and venue
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral NT
FREE ENTRY
Whipsnade, LU6 2LL. Trees, hedges and shrubs planted in the form of a medieval cathedral.
Whipsnade Zoo
CAFE SHOPPING
Dunstable, LU6 2LF. Tel: 01582 872171 600 acre park where you can see over 2,500 animals. Events.
Wrest Park (English Heritage)
CAFE
Silsoe, Luton, MK45 4HR. Tel: 01525 860000 19th century French style mansion (unfurnished) with 90 acres of gardens and a sculpture gallery.
Berkshire    
Beale Park
CAFE SHOPPING
Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NW. Tel: 0844 826 1761 Wildlife Park and Gardens.
Cliveden NT
CAFE SHOPPING
Cliveden Rd., Taplow, Maidenhead, SL6 0JA. Tel: 01628 605069 Gardens and woodlands with wonderful river views.
Dorney Court
CAFE
Dorney, Windsor, SL4 6QP. Tel: 01628 604638 15th century Tudor manor house and gardens, home of the Palmer family.
Mapledurham House
CAFE SHOPPING
The Estate Office, Mapledurham, Reading, RG4 7TR. Tel: 0118 972 3350 Historic house, water mill and church. Regular events.
The Herb Farm
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
Peppard Rd., Sonning Common, Reading, RG4 9NJ. Tel: 0118 972 4220 Display gardens, Saxon Maze, Nursery.
The Stanley Spencer Gallery
SHOPPING
The Kings Hall, High St., Cookham, SL6 9SJ. Tel: 01628 471885 Works by Stanley Spencer.
Waltham Place
CAFE SHOPPING
Church Hill, White Waltham, SL6 3JH. Tel: 01628 825517 Organic farm and gardens. Seasonal events and courses. By prior appointment only. See website for details.
Buckinghamshire    
Bekonscot Model Village
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
Warwick Rd., Beaconsfield, HP9 2PL. Tel: 01494 672919 Model Village and Railway.
Chenies Manor
CAFE SHOPPING
Chenies Village, Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER. Tel: 01494 762888 Tudor manor house and delightful gardens. Events.
Denham Country Park
CAFE
Denham Court Drive, Denham, UB9 5PG. Tel: 01895 833375 69 acre park. Walks through fields and woods alongside the Grand Union Canal. Walks, cyle rides, orienteering tracks,events, visitor centre.
Ford End Watermill
Member discounts
Ivinghoe, LU7 9EA. Tel: 01442 825421 The only remaining working watermill in Buckinghamshire, with its original machinery. Milling demonstrations.
Hughenden Manor NT
CAFE SHOPPING
Hughenden Park, High Wycombe, HP14 4LA. Tel: 01494 755573 Victorian Gothic home of Benjamin Disraeli with gardens and woodland walks.
Lacey Green Windmill
Member discounts
Lacey Green, HP27 0PG. Tel: 01844 275871 The oldest smock windmill in the country, restored by the Chiltern Society
Odds Farm Park
CAFE SHOPPING
Wooburn Common Rd., Wooburn Common, HP10 0LX. Tel: 01628 520188 Children's farm with hands-on activities such as feeding and petting.
Pitstone Windmill NT Off B488, Station Rd., Ivinghoe, LU7 9ER. Tel: 01442 851227 17th century post mill
The Bucks Goat Centre
CAFE SHOPPING
Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville, HP22 5XJ. Tel: 01296 612983 Wide variety of goat breeds. Hands on activities such as feeding and grooming. Picnic area.
Wendover Woods
CAFE Member discounts
Forestry Commission Office, Upper Icknield Way, Aston Clinton, HP22 5NF. Tel: 01296 625825 Walks, cyle rides, fitness trial assault course, Go-Ape treetop adventure.
West Wycombe Caves Church Lane, West Wycombe, HP14 3AH. Tel: 01494 533739 Tunnels hewn from the rock of West Wycombe Hill in the 19th century, descending to 300ft.
West Wycombe Park NT West Wycombe, HP14 3AJ. Tel: 01494 513569 Country mansion in landscaped park, home of the Dashwood family.
Hertfordshire    
Ashridge Estate NT
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
Visitor Centre, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, HP4 1LT. Tel: 01442 851227 Countryside estate, Visitor Centre
St Alban’s Cathedral
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY. Tel: 01727 860780 Ancient abbey church in a mix of architectural styles, shrine of St Alban, wall paintings, events.
Hitchin Lavender Farm
CAFE SHOPPING
Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, SG5 3UA. Tel: 01462 434343 The Hitchin tradition of lavender growing has been revived by the Hunter family. Vistors can enjoy walking through 12 acres of lavender fields.
Kingsbury Watermill
CAFE SHOPPING
St Michael's St., St Albans, AL3 4SJ. Tel: 0871 572 5516 Historic working watermill, artefacts and farm implements.
Redbournbury Mill and Bakery
FREE ENTRY SHOPPING
Redbournbury Lane, St Albans, AL3 6RS. Tel: 01582 792874 Working flour mill on the River Ver with 4 floors to explore.
Rickmansworth Waterways Trust
Batchworth Lock Canal Centre, 99 Church St., Rickmansworth, WD3 1JJ. Tel: 01923 778382 Historic canal boat, boat trips on The Pride of Batchworth, annual festival and other events, towpath walks.
The Gardens of The Rose
FREE ENTRY CAFE
Chiswell Green Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans, AL2 3NR. Tel: 0845 833 4344 Gardens of the Royal National Rose society displaying many varieties of rose.
The Henry Moore Foundation
SHOPPING
Dane Tree House, Perry Green, Much Hadham, SG10 6EE. Tel: 01279 843333 Outdoor sculpture and gardens.
The Paper Trail
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
Frogmore Paper Mill and Visitor Centre, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9RY. Tel: 01442 234600 The oldest mechanised paper mill in the world. Hands-on displays.
Oxfordshire    
Chinnor Pr Risborough Railway
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
Station Rd., Chinnor, OX39 4ER. Tel: 01844 353535 Heritage Railway. Station buffet.
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway Wallingford Station, Hithercroft Rd., Wallingford, OX10 9GQ. Tel: 01491 835067 Heritage Railway linking the riverside towns of Cholsey and Wallingford
Ewelme Watercress Beds
CAFE Member discounts
High St., Ewelme, OX10 6HQ. Tel: 01491 275871 Historic watercress beds and local nature reserve owned by the Chiltern Society. Visitor centre.
Greys Court NT
CAFE SHOPPING
Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG. Tel: 01491 628529 16th century mansion and gardens.
Nuffield Place NT
CAFE SHOPPING
Huntercombe, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 5RY. Tel: 01491 641224 1930's house of William Morris of Morris Motors.
Stonor Park
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
Stonor, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6HF. Tel: 01491 638587 Historic country manor house with deer park.
Waterperry Gardens
CAFE SHOPPING
Waterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1JZ. Tel: 01844 339254 Historic 8 acre gardens and nursery. Events, gardening courses.
Bedfordshire  
Leighton Bzd Railway MuseumCAFE SHOPPING Member discounts Park Station, Billington Rd., Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN. Tel: 01525 373888 Railway history. Train rides. Special events.
Stockwood Discovery Centre
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
Farley Hill, Luton, LU1 4LX. Tel: 01582 548600 Garden history. Sculptures. Crafts. Horse-drawn and vintage vehicles.
Wardown Park Museum
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
Wardown Park, Old Bedford Rd., Luton, LU2 7HA. Tel: 01582 546722 Textiles. Ancient Greek artefacts. Beds and Herts Regiment Gallery.
Berkshire  
Maidenhead Heritage Centre
18 Park St., Maidenhead, SL6 1SL. Tel: 01628 780555 Wartime memorabilia. Spitfire simulator (charges)
Buckinghamshire  
Amersham Museum
FREE ENTRY SHOPPING Member discounts
49 High St., Amersham, HP7 0DP. Tel: 01494 723700 Local history. Medieval floor tiles. History of lacemaking and strawplaiting.
Bucks County Museum
FREE ENTRY SHOPPING
Church St., Aylesbury, HP20 2QP. Tel: 01296 331441 Local history and Roald Dahl Children's Gallery.
Bucks Railway Centre
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
Quainton, HP22 4BY. Tel: 01296 655720 Working Steam Museum. Special events.
Chesham Museum
15 Market Square, Chesham, HP5 1HG. Tel: 01494 792549 Local history, wartime exhibits, past industries
Chiltern Open Air Museum
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
Newlands Park, Gorelands Lane, HP8 4AB. Tel: 01494 871117 Over 30 historic buildings on an open-air site. Special events.
Marlow Museum
FREE ENTRY
Opposite Court Garden Leisure Centre, Pound Lane, Marlow, SL7 2AE, Local history. Special exhibitions.
Milton's Cottage Museum 21 Deanway, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4JH. Tel: 01494 872313 Life and works of John Milton
Pitstone Green Museum
CAFE Member discounts
Pitstone Green Farm, Pitstone, LU7 9EY. Tel: 01582 605464 Museum of rural life.
Amersham Fair Organ Museum
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
Unit 1, Plantation Rd., Amersham, HP6 6HJ. Tel: 01494 433948 Collection of fairground organs.
The Living Chair Museum
FREE ENTRY
Kitchener Works, Kitchener Rd., High Wycombe, HP11 2SJ. Tel: 01494 537957 History of the Windsor Chair industry
The Roald Dahl Museum
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
81A-83 High St., Gt Missenden, HP16 0AL. Tel: 01494 892192 Life and works of Roald Dahl. Fun events.
The Trenchard Museum
FREE ENTRY
RAF Halton, Halton Camp, Wendover, HP22 5PG. Tel: 01296 624095 History of RAF Halton
Wycombe Museum
FREE ENTRY SHOPPING
Priory Ave., High Wycombe, HP13 6PX. Tel: 01494 421895 Beautiful gardens. Local history. Collection of Windsor chairs. Hands-on activities.
Hertfordhire  
Museum of St Albans
FREE ENTRY
Hatfield Rd., St Albans, AL1 3RR. Tel: 01727 751814 Local history. Wildlife garden
Natural History Museum Tring
FREE ENTRY CAFE SHOPPING
The Walter Rothschild Building, Akeman St., Tring, HP23 6AP. Tel: 020 7942 6171 Natural history collection.
St Albans Organ Theatre
SHOPPING
320 Camp Rd., St Albans, AL1 5PE. Tel: 03003 656565 Live performances with commentary using theatre organs, musical boxes etc.
The British Schools Museum
CAFE SHOPPING
41-42 Queen St., Hitchin, SG4 9TS. Tel: 01462 420144 History of education and childhood. Historic schoolrooms. Events.
The Redbourn Village Museum Silk Mill House, The Common, Redbourn, AL3 7NB. Tel: 01582 793397 Local history.
Three Rivers Museum
FREE ENTRY SHOPPING
Basing House, High St., Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL. Tel: 01923 727333 Local history, 17th century wall painting.
Tring Local Museum
FREE ENTRY
Brook St., Tring, HP23 5ED. Tel: 01442 827601 Local history, Church tiles, wartime exhibits.
Verulamium Museum St Michaels St., St Albans, AL3 4SW. Tel: 01727 751814 Life in Roman Britain
Oxfordshire  
River & Rowing Museum
CAFE SHOPPING Member discounts
Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF. Tel: 01491 415600 History of the River Thames and Rowing.
Thame Museum
FREE ENTRY
79 High St., Thame, OX9 3AE. Tel: 01844 212801 Local history
Wallingford Museum
FREE ENTRY SHOPPING
Flint House, High St., Wallingford, OX10 0DB. Tel: 01491 835065 Local history. Victorian Street. The Wallingford Story sight and sound experience. Special exhibitions.

 

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