Visit Beaconsfield: Places to stay, things to do

Rebecca Bartlett takes us to the beautiful market town of Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire to reveal its charms and local secrets

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Why go there?

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The quaint market town in the Chiltern Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a mixture of old and new. Situated exactly half way between London and Oxford, the picturesque village is mixes Tudor housing with modern, industrialisation-era architecture, separated by the train track.

Beaconsfield’s most famous tourist attraction is it’s legendary model village, which holds the title of being the oldest and most renowned in the world.

Another popular place to visit is The Royal Standard of England, which is reported to be the oldest Free House in England. It also played host to Charles I during the civil war. For the family, Odds Farm offers a variety of popular rare breeds to marvel at.

There are also numerous shops within the town centre, ranging from popular household names, to smaller, unique boutiques offering everything from musical instruments to the latest fashions. As well as that, there is also a weekly market in the Old Town every Tuesday, as well as a monthly farmers market.

Where to stay?

The Bellhouse Hotel is ideally situated for visiting the model museum and Odd Farms Park.

Where to eat?

The White Hart in the Old Town of Beaconsfield takes some beating – serving beer-battered fish and delicious roast guinea fowl.

Tell us a local secret

Enid Blyton wrote most of her novels from her home in the town. The house, however, no longer exists but the cul-de-sac built on the land is named after her.

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