High Wycombe

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High Wycombe is a hilly town in Buckinghamshire, England.

Get in[edit]

High Wycombe is easy to reach: it is on the railway line from Birmingham to London Marylebone and is served by both local and fast trains. Wycombe is also served by buses to and from many of the nearby towns and villages, but the sheer number of traffic lights installed along London Road and around the entrance to the bus station means that it is generally quicker to walk. There are also bus services to Oxford and to Stansted Airport.

The town boasts a spacious park and ride facility, which stops running at 19:00, rendering it almost useless to anyone wanting to have dinner, visit the cinema or go late-night shopping. It takes a delightful, meandering detour through the charming Cressex Industrial Estate on its way to and from the centre taking a couple of hours.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

There is bus service around the town.

By train[edit]

Chiltern Railways serve High Wycombe. The station is located on Amersham Hill, a short walk from thecwntre. There are usually 3 trains an hour between High Wycombe and London Marylebone and 1 train an hour between High Wycombe and Birmingham. Check timetables as trains do not run overnight.

By foot[edit]

The town centre is largely pedestrianised.

By car[edit]

There are good links with the M40 and M4.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Closed bank holidays. Free admission.
  • Hughenden Manor
  • The Rye, off London Road: this extensive park is bordered by two rivers: the Wye and the Dyke and features two attractive playgrounds and free-to-use tennis courts.

Do[edit][add listing]

The town centre offers a 12 screen cinema.[1]

The Cressex area of High Wycombe (near the main M40 junction) offers a few options close to the Holiday Inn hotel.

The Swan Theatre [2], with a capacity of 1076, offers, in the town centre, offers a varied program of entertainment.

High Wycombe also hosts two well-known professional sport teams at Adams Park, located in an industrial estate outside town:

  • Wycombe Wanderers F.C. [3] — Football club who currently play in Football League One, the third level of the sport in England.
  • London Wasps [4] — Rugby union club in the top-level Aviva Premiership. A perennial contender for top honours in the Premiership, Wasps also compete regularly in the top Europe-wide club competition, the Heineken Cup, and also contest the Anglo-Welsh Cup (currently sponsored as the LV= Cup) alongside the other Premiership clubs and the four top-level Welsh regional sides.
  • Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, Bucks HP10 0LX, 01628 520188, [5]. Open daily from 10am. There is always something new at Odds Farm Park. Meet new babies, enjoy animals activities/demonstrations and discover the giant indoor Playbarn! Located just minutes from Junction 2 of the M40, near Beaconsfield. See website for admission prices.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The town centre has undergone a major refurbishment project and now has one of the largest shopping centres in the country [6] with over 100 shops, including a large House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer. It is probably also the coldest as it has no roof in some areas, so wrap up warm. The way the building was built it acts as a wind tunnel.

John Lewis have a department store in the Cressex area of Wycombe, near the M40. The store does not stock clothing, only household goods and furnishings.

The town centre has four shopping areas: the High Street, Eden Shopping Centre, Chiltern Shopping Centre and Desborough Road. There is a market on Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays in the pedestrianised High Street.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are the traditional restaurant chains as well as many fast food restaurants in and about the town.

Drink[edit][add listing]

High Wycombe has many pubs in the town centre. There is a mix of both traditional British pubs and chains like Wetherspoons, Lloyds, Yates and Butlers. The town centre becomes quite busy with young drinkers on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Holiday Inn High Wycombe M40, Jct.4, Handycross, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1TL (Exit M40 at Junction 4. Take road A4010. The hotel is located on the left hand side), +44 (0) 871 942 9042, [7]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. An ideal location whether travelling for leisure or business. Has 112 air-conditioned bedrooms with flat screen televisions and fast Internet. Restaurant, Starbucks and a lounge bar along with an academy conference and training centre with 7 flexible meeting rooms for up to 150 delegates. (51.61306,-0.77076) edit

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