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Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Country house mansions nestled into rolling hills, riverside meadows, grand gardens and mature woodland can all be found here. Discover what to see and do - there's something for all the family.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

The Temple of Friendship at Stowe Gardens, Buckinghamshire
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Stowe Gardens 

Gardening on the grandest scale in this Georgian landscape garden and park

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Fully open today
The parterre in spring with Hughenden Manor in the background, Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
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Hughenden 

Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Partially open today
Cattle grazing on the estate at Basildon Park, Berkshire.
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Basildon Park 

An estate saved from almost certain demolition and lovingly revived

Reading, Berkshire

Fully open today
View of the Parterre in Spring at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
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Cliveden 

Glorious gardens and woodlands overlooking the River Thames

Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire

Partially open today

See us on screen in two new high profile TV series'

This month sees not one, but two high-profile TV series' featuring the places we look after in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire.

Lady Danbury, Mary Sharma and Lady Violet Bridgerton in Petworth's North Gallery.

Basildon Park and Claydon in series three of Bridgerton 

Season three of Bridgerton drops on Netflix this month. Why not tune in and see if you can spot Basildon Park and Claydon taking their turn in the spotlight? Bridgerton follows the trials and tribulations of eight close-knit siblings as they navigate Regency-era London’s competitive marriage market and shows a glamorous version of how our places might have looked in their heyday. The series is based on the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn and produced by Shondaland.

Woman working on a portrait of Margaret Greville with Cliveden's Nancy Astor portrait in the background

Hidden Treasures of the National Trust 

Hidden Treasures of the National Trust returns to BBC2 for a second series on 10 May and features Cliveden in the second episode and Hughenden in the fifth. Reflecting the national scale and importance of the Trust’s many properties and the passionate staff and volunteers who help care for them, the series reveals new and compelling stories about the work going on behind the scenes to conserve these incredible properties and objects for us all.

What's on in April in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

All Saints Church, Coleshill, Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire village open days 

Monthly village open days restart at Coleshill on 12 April and then every second Sunday of each month until August. Explore the replica WWII bunker and the 18th century watermill. View an exhibition about the creativity inspired by the Coleshill estate and see fragments salvaged from Coleshill House after it was lost to fire in 1952. You can also join a guided tour of the former farm buildings and discover more about the craftspeople keeping heritage and rural skills alive today.

Two visitors walk around a bluebell woodland in spring at Castle Ward, County Down

Guided walks 

There are lots of guided walks to join in April across our counties. Head to Stowe Gardens for a wildflower walk to be shown the best places for cornflowers, fritillaries, orchids and cowslips. Or join their monthly dog walk on the third Wednesday of the month. At Basildon Park there are guided woodland walks with a volunteer showing you the best places for bluebells, or join a gratitude woodland walk at Greys Court.

Places to stay in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Hartwell House and Spa from the front, Aylesbury
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Hartwell House Hotel and Spa 

Sitting in parkland on the edge of the Chilterns, this stunning Grade 1 listed hotel and spa is part-Jacobean mansion and part-Georgian house.

The exterior of Cliveden Ferry Cottage

Cliveden Ferry Cottage 

Views over the Thames from this half-timbered former ferryman’s cottage near the Cliveden estate.

The exterior of Lock Cottage, Oxfordshire

Lock Cottage 

A charming and cosy Thames-side cottage with a pretty garden close to the Thames Path.

Outdoor activities in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Two people riding horses across a field surrounded by trees
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Horse riding at Stowe Gardens 

Exploring Stowe Gardens on horseback is a great way to experience the landscape, sightlines and views designed to reveal the buildings, statues and monuments located across the grounds.

view of boats moored on the River Thames in front of the Boat House at Cliveden
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Boating at Cliveden 

Discover all about the popular pastime of boating, links to Wind in the Willows, and how to hire a boat to enjoy the River Thames at Cliveden.

Upcoming events

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Myths & Mythmaking 

Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Join us as we explore the power of myths in shaping identities and understanding the world around us. Delve into the rich tapestry of myths, legends, and folklore.

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25 Apr to 31 Dec 2024
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Blossom week at Stowe 

Stowe Gardens, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Join us for a week of seasonal celebration as the colours and scents of blossom starts to make an appearance around the garden.

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25 Apr to 27 Apr 2024
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Wildflower walks 

Stowe Gardens, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Join us for Wildflower Walks this April. Go in search of cornflowers, fritillaries, orchids, cowslips, trefoils, etc. Learn about how we manage the gardens and parkland for nature.

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25 Apr to 30 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Wedding Cake Free Flow Visits 

Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Explore Joana Vasconcelos’ extraordinary Wedding Cake, open again this summer at Waddesdon.

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25 Apr to 27 Oct 2024
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14:00 to 17:00
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An Introduction to Plain Lime Plastering 

Heritage and Rural Skills Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire

11 - 12 October: a practical course covering the mixing and application of lime plaster to lath, masonry, and modern substrates, including pricking up and base coats, float coats and setting coats.

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26 Apr to 11 Oct 2024
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09:00 to 16:00
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Wedding Cake Morning Guided Tours 

Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Explore Joana Vasconcelos’ extraordinary Wedding Cake, open again this summer at Waddesdon. Wedding Cake, a 12-metre-tall ceramic sculptural pavilion in the form of a three-tiered cake.

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26 Apr to 27 Oct 2024
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10:30 to 13:00
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Guided woodland walks at Basildon Park 

Basildon Park, Reading, Berkshire

Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting woodlands and sprawling estate of Basildon Park with our volunteer-led estate walk.

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26 Apr to 19 Jul 2024
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Cellar Tour & History of Rothshild Wines 

Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Join us for a tour of our historic cellars at Waddesdon Manor.

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26 Apr to 4 Oct 2024
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14:30 to 16:00
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Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.