Aylesbury is a market town that’s moving with the times. Its charm lies in the combination of old and new, the conventional and the unexpected. Church Street, Kingsbury Square and Castle Street, in the old town, have some beguiling historic buildings, while Market Square still hosts regular markets. This traditional way of shopping now has some modern touches, such as the Vintage and Craft Bazaar and ‘Foodie Fridays’. There are many independent shops and restaurants waiting to be discovered in the streets around Market Square. Kingsbury, Cambridge Street and Buckingham Street are all excellent hunting grounds. At the same time, major names including Marks and Spencer, Wagamama, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s also contribute to Aylesbury’s retail and dining scene.
Less than a five minute walk away, Vale Park brings welcome green space to the town centre and includes Aqua Vale swimming pool with its exhilarating water slides, and dedicated play areas for toddlers and teenagers. Rogue Racing and Bowling is great fun for all, while quieter moments can be enjoyed strolling along the Grand Union Canal, which makes its lazy way through the town. The waterfront has been stylishly regenerated with a new canal basin next to the theatre, and a marina at Circus Fields.
The educated choice
Aylesbury’s highly rated schools make it a popular choice for parents. For primary and junior education, some of the best include: St Louis Catholic Primary School (Ofsted ‘Outstanding’), Elmhurst Primary School (Ofsted ‘Good’), St Edward’s Catholic Junior School (Ofsted ‘Good’), and Bierton C of E Combined School (Ofsted ‘Good’). Older pupils can attend Aylesbury Grammar, an academy; Aylesbury High School (Ofsted ‘Outstanding’), or Aylesbury College (Ofsted ‘Good’). For those looking to further their education, University Campus Aylesbury Vale is a striking recent addition to the town’s landscape. Located in Aylesbury’s Waterside South
development the campus hosts programmes and courses from Buckinghamshire New University and Aylesbury College’s prospectuses.
Located between The Chilterns and The Cotswolds, Aylesbury is the perfect base for anyone who enjoys country pursuits and soothing scenery. It’s a region of well-kept picturesque villages, majestic beechwoods, rolling fields, shallow chalk streams and ancient commons. Look up, and you’re likely to see red kites wheeling across the sky; this is one of the best places in England to see these magnificent birds of prey.
Historic buildings are scattered over this wonderful landscape. They range from the extravagant splendours of Waddesdon Manor and Claydon House, to the more modest examples of Long Crendon Courthouse and the medieval almshouses and school at Ewelme.
The River Thame, a tributary of the Thames, makes its way through the woods and fields, creating endless possibilities for walks, fishing and boat trips. It skirts around some of the area’s most alluring villages, where there’s always a welcoming pub to found.
Kingfisher Place is close enough to the centre of Aylesbury to make walking an option when you want to head into town to do some shopping or go out in the evening. Aylesbury station is less than a mile on foot from Kingfisher Place and can be reached by bus or by car. It’s easy to commute to London from here. Trains reach London Marylebone in 56 minutes* during peak times, and there’s an interchange with London Underground Metropolitan Line at Amersham, 21 minutes’ journey time. Aylesbury is 15 miles from the M40 (junction 8) by the A418, while the M1 ( junction 12) is 21 miles away. Luton is the nearest airport, 30 miles away, although Heathrow is only slightly further at 32 miles.
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