Ask anyone outside of Buckinghamshire where Aylesbury is and you are likely to be faced with a blank stare or a scratch of the head. Situated deep in the home counties, Aylesbury is more than just miles from the sea. Read on for all the adventures you can have in this ancient market town.
Aylesbury may give the impression of a sleepy market town, but it was once home to one of the most famous music venues in Britain. The Friars’ Club, which formally opened in 1969, regularly hosted the biggest names in music – David Bowie, Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, The Clash and Genesis, to name just a few. Although the club officially closed in 1985 when many of the bigger names in music weren’t touring, Friars is still responsible for promoting great music in Aylesbury and hosting concerts at various venues around the town. Among others, rock band Marillion was formed in Aylesbury, the town which inspired their first hit single, Market Town Heroes.
No visit to Aylesbury is complete without a walk in the surrounding Chiltern Hills. There are plenty of walks to choose from, but one of the most popular is a circular walk incorporating the Chequers Estate – the official country residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – and Coombe Hill (once part of the estate until it was bequeathed to the National Trust). There are fantastic views covering the whole of the Aylesbury Vale and sightings of red kites overhead are virtually guaranteed. Nestled in the valley is the spectacular Chequers House; although not open to the public, most local walks incorporate the edge of the grounds. Many a rambler has stopped in the driveway to try and catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister, but with the exception of sheep, it’s rare to see another living soul.