Peaceful spots in Buckinghamshire

When schools have broken for the summer holidays, we notice the decibels rise with the glorious sound of children playing. Sometimes, though, we all need to escape to a quiet corner of beauty to recharge. Here are some peaceful spots around Buckinghamshire to relax in tranquility.

Half moon path in the gardens at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Silent Space at Waddesdon

We are delighted to have recently joined this scheme that encourages visitors to enjoy the gardens in a moment of quiet reflection.

Boarstall Duck Decoy Home Pipe

Boarstall duck decoy

There's a lovely natural play trail here which means you can get families visiting, but it's generally a very peaceful place with herons on the water of the decoy and butterflies flitting in the dappled shade of the trees. There's a particularly lovely picnic area with benches by one of the water 'pipes'.

Exterior of Long Crendon Courthouse, Buckinghamshire

Long Crendon Courthouse

Long Crendon Courthouse is set in an idyllic village next to a church where the swifts swoop and cry. The courthouse is a fine example of an early fifteenth-century timber-frame construction and was once a manorial court and later a poor house. Only open Wednesdays and weekends.

a view from within the Tree Cathedral

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral is situated just outside Buckinghamshire on the edge of Whipsnade Village green in Bedfordshire. The Grade II listed Tree Cathedral is composed of different varieties of trees and shrubs laid out to the plan of a cathedral, with a nave, transepts, chancel, cloisters and chapels. What could be more peaceful and unique than a cathedral composed of trees?

A black and white archive image of Chantry Chapel, Buckingham

Buckingham Chantry Chapel

If you're heading up to Stowe, it's worth calling at Buckingham Chantry Chapel on your way. It's the oldest building in Buckingham and after restoration is now a second hand bookshop and coffee shop. It's the perfect place to while away a tranquil hour with a coffee and a book. Open Tues/Wed and Fri/Sat.

Bradenham Village

Bradenham estate 

Bradenham is a pretty brick and flint village clustered around a village green. It's set in acres of countryside to explore, with beech woodland and butterfly-rich chalk grassland. The village also has a seventeenth century manor house (not open to the public) and a fantastic tea-room in a former pub.

The west front, Claydon, Buckinghamshire

Claydon

Claydon is a hidden gem of an 18th century country house set in tranquil parkland with extraordinary interiors. There's a courtyard of art galleries, plus a tea-room and gardens (not NT). It's well worth winding along the country roads to get there.