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A picture-perfect market town on the River Ouse

This idyllic town in rural Buckinghamshire is a great place to touch base while you're in the region. With open green parkland and beautiful Georgian buildings, it's the kind of traditional English town you'd see on a postcard. Once you've explored the quirky independent shops on Buckingham's bustling high street, pack a picnic and head down to the riverbank to watch the world go by. And with plenty of traditional English pubs to choose from, there's no excuse not to stop off for a refreshment at the end of the day.

Visit the Old Gaol Museum

Buckingham is best-known for the Old Gaol, an 18th-century Gothic former prison - and now a museum. Following the museum from cell to cell, you'll learn all about Buckingham's rich heritage - from the region's Roman origins, through the industrial Victorian era to the present day. The museum is home to some fascinating artefacts, including a Viking spear and the 18th-century uniform of the Royal Bucks Hussars.

See how the other half lived at National Trust Stowe

The impressive estate of Stowe is home to one of the biggest landscape gardens in the UK. There's plenty to see and do here, from admiring the outdoor art installations to exploring the vast woodlands surrounding the estate. Choose a walk from the New Inn Near the park's entrance and make a day of it. Looking for accommodation in Buckingham? Travelodge Buckingham Hotel Near Lace Hill is perfect for exploring this charming market town. Further out, our Travelodge Old Stafford base in Milton Keynes is handily located Near the town centre.