Aylesbury, situated in the picturesque rolling Chiltern Hills at the heart of Aylesbury Vale, sits on the banks of the River Thames upstream of London.
With its rural setting, there are several charming attractions on the outskirts of town: Waddesdon Manor offers the combination of historic architecture and immaculately manicured ornate gardens; the Oak Farms Rare Breeds Park is a fascinating day out for animal-loving children and adults alike.
For an overnight stay in Aylesbury, there is the Five Bells Inn, offering the full traditional country pub experience with excellent accommodation onsite.
Based around its historic cobbled market square, which to this day plays host to a highly popular outdoor street market, Aylesbury is an interesting combination of old and new. In fact, Aylesbury's long-time reputation of little more than a sleepy market town has changed in the modern era as large commercial interests move in, meaning that it has one of the highest employment rates in the whole country. Much of this employment is in the industrial and manufacturing sector, but the banking and service industries are also well represented here.
Children's book enthusiasts should certainly take a look at The Roald Dahl Museum in the town, where you can take a ride in the Great Glass Elevator from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, climb inside James' Giant Peach, even thumb through some of the volumes in Mathilda's library.