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Princes Risborough

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Princes Risborough

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Princes Risborough is a small town in Buckinghamshire. It's on the A4010 about halfway between High Wycombe and Aylesbury. The population is around 10,000. Why "Princes"? Because Edward the Black Prince apparently had a palace near St Mary's Church. (The site is now, in the finest British tradition, a car park.) Before then, it was "Great Risborough" on the same pattern as Great Missenden, and there was a Little Risborough, which changed its name to Monks Risborough as it had a monastery (no longer extant).

Getting information about Princes Risborough ("Risborough" for short) is very easy. No emigrants to other parts of the world seem to have called anywhere else by the same name, so a Google search for "Princes Risborough" (with the quotes) will get useful results. Unless you want to look a chump, don't say or write "Princess Risborough".

Get in[edit]

By road: A4010 from Junction 4 of the M40 south of High Wycombe, or B4009 from J6 - both about 10 miles of driving from the motorway junction.

By rail: Chiltern Line trains from London (Marylebone) or Birmingham (Moor Street or Snow Hill). There's a branch line from Risborough to Aylesbury, but trains are not frequent.

By bus: the local 300 bus route runs from High Wycombe to Aylesbury and both stop in Risborough.

Please note: Prince's Risborough operates a strict 'no trainers' policy. Hoodies may be worn in Princes Risborough, but only with the hood down.

Get around[edit]

For the town itself, you can just use your feet. For the local countryside, you need a car or bike unless the bus routes or railway lines suit.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The High Street and Duke Street - some old buildings and good local shops among the vast number of estate agents. Note the Trumpton-style market square.
  • The Manor House - National Trust property, open by prior arrangement.
  • St Mary's church - the spire is visible from almost anywhere in town and parts of the church are quite old, though there are no particular features that would get it into a list of churches to visit. Outside the church by the Mount car park is a sign about the Black Prince's Palace.
  • Manor Park Avenue and Church Lane are worth walking along for some nice private houses, and one cottage in Church Lane has a plaque commemorating Amy Johnson the aviator.
  • Red kites: the population started from a breeding programme to the west has reached Risborough, and you can quite often count six or more kites soaring above the town.
  • Whiteleaf Cross: A large chalk engraving in the side of a hill can be seen from nearly anywhere in the town. A steep uphill walk (or drive) to the top will give you views of the entire town and beyond as far as Didcot to the West and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes to the North.

Do[edit][add listing]

Get into local countryside for walks - the Ridgeway National Trail and Icknield way pass close by.

Nightlife: for anything other than pubs and eateries, you need to go to High Wycombe or Aylesbury.

Visit the Tourist Information Centre in Horns Lane opposite Marks & Spencers to find out whats on in and around Princes Risborough. Walking & cycling leaflets available.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Food: Clark's is an excellent butcher. Tesco and Marks and Spencers Simply Food supermarkets are just what you'd expect, though anyone used to modern Tesco stores should be aware that this one is tiny. There's a deli in the High Street. Thursday sees a street market with some stalls selling some more exotic items. There are about four charity shops with the usual range of stuff - reasonable quality as Risborough has plenty of wealthy people.

  • Gifts: 3 or 4 shops offering cards and/or gifts.
  • Stationery: 2 shops at present.
  • Aga stoves(!): there's a shop ready to sell you one.
  • "Granny scooters": ditto.
  • Chemists: 3 to choose from.
  • Newspapers etc.: Martins as well as the supermarkets.
  • China/glass: at David Shuttle.
  • Bikes (push-): Risborough Cycles.
  • Green grocers: 1 plus market stalls on Thursday & Saturday
  • Garden Railways: specialist shop by the station.
  • Haircuts: at least 3 choices each for ladies and gents.
  • Dentist/Doctor/Optician: all available in the High Street.
  • Hardware shop: Alternative Tools
  • Coffee shops: Several on the High Street
  • Garden Centre : Askett Nurseries. On the A4010 towards Aylesbury, 2 miles out of town.
  • Tourist Information Centre: Horns Lane opposite Marks & Spencer

Eat[edit][add listing]

Pretty much what you'd expect: Chinese takeaway. Three curry houses of which Radhuni, which replaced a Chinese in the helf-timbered old library building, is the most ambitious, and an expensive one, Coco Tamarind, on the road to Aylesbury. Snacks/sandwiches at the deli and a sandwich bar. Many pubs in and around town will serve you food.

The one chinese restaurant closed in 2009 and is to re-open as yet another curry house - so if you want a choice of fare, perhaps this is not the town for you.

Drink[edit][add listing]

About four pubs.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

No hotel in town. B&B called Drifters Lodge, a short drvie outside town centre. You can also stay at the Black Prince pub, now reborn as the Poppyseed hotel, with another (wait for it) Indian restaurant, or there is a B&B down the road in Longwick.

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