About Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ranks as one of the top rural areas to live in the UK. Stretching from the outskirts of London to the Midlands, the county offers a unique mix of bustling towns, alongside the Chiltern Hills and the River Thames, with London, Birmingham and Oxford just a short ride away.

From the buzz of Aylesbury and High Wycombe to the smaller market towns including Buckingham, Amersham and Winslow, and characterful villages such as Waddesdon and Brill, there are locations to suit a range of lifestyles.

Buckinghamshire has the most National Trust properties in England, and has rich history and heritage. It is also the birthplace of the international Paralympic movement and is home to Pinewood Studios – the studios behind blockbusters including James Bond, Star Wars and Harry Potter.

Buckinghamshire is a flourishing and growing county with a current population of over 528,000 expected to increase by 66,000 people by 2031, with approximately 50,000 new homes due to be built across the county over the next 15 – 20 years.

Education & Schools

Schools in Buckinghamshire offer high quality education, preparing pupils for adult life. They are amongst the best schools in the country, consistently performing above the national average - in fact, a recent statistic shows that 9 out of 10 students attend a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding' school.

Buckinghamshire is one of the few counties in England to offer grammar school education alongside upper/all ability schools. The Transfer Test (formerly 11+) decides which type of school will best meet a child’s needs.

In addition, Buckinghamshire is well-served by many independent schools for children from the ages of five to 18.

The University of Buckingham is the UK’s only private university, attracting students from over 80 countries.

Housing

Whether you’re buying or renting, there are a number of excellent locations to choose from when you relocate. From traditional properties in the smaller towns and village to modern town houses and apartments in the town centres, there is something for everyone.

If you want to know more about cost of living in Buckinghamshire, you can find out more by visiting www.home.co.uk

Growth

Buckinghamshire is a rapidly growing and developing county, and its economy is one of the strongest in the country. As a county we are bordered by a number of national infrastructure plans to improve housing, infrastructure and connectivity such as HS2, the Oxford – Cambridge Expressway, East West Rail and the Heathrow Expansion plan.

As a Connected County, superfast broadband will be available in even the most rural areas, making Buckinghamshire a great place to enjoy country living whilst staying connected.

The county is continuously improving and regenerating the large town centres to help Buckinghamshire remain a thriving and attractive place to live and work – securing good jobs, good road, rail and other essential infrastructure to meet our residents’ current and future needs.

Travel

Buckinghamshire is an incredibly well connected county. Only an hour from London on the train, you can easily access the hustle and bustle of city life, should you want a break from the serenity of the countryside. Bordered by Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, you can easily travel to other locations by bus, train or by car.

Getting here & around

By road… Lying just outside the M25, access to London, the Midlands and airports is very easy via the M40, M4 and M25. The A41 from Aylesbury is quick (25 minutes) to the M25, then onto central London (in around an hour).

By train… Central London is just over 30 minutes away by train from High Wycombe and around an hour away from Aylesbury. You can hop onto the London Underground in the south of the county with the Metropolitan line starting in Amersham.

Your Travelchoice card will save you a third off rail travel when travelling with Chiltern Railways and 50% on bus travel around the county.

Nearest airports… We are close to both Luton and Heathrow airport, convenient for family holidays or weekend European city breaks!

Local Attractions

As well as being a thriving and attractive place to live, there’s plenty of things to do in your spare time around the county and on its borders. Here are just a few examples:

  • Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour
  • Pinewood and Elstree film studios
  • Windsor and Windsor Castle
  • Around 15 National Trust properties, parks and monuments
  • Roald Dahl Museum
  • Zoos and Safari Parks

“Welcome to Buckinghamshire” guide

Local Authority Websites