7 Best Market Towns & Villages in Buckinghamshire to Live
21st February 2021

7 Best Market Towns & Villages in Buckinghamshire to Live

Are you thinking of moving to one of the villages in Buckinghamshire?

Buckinghamshire regularly places as one of the best places to live in the UK.

There are a variety of reasons that the region is so widely loved.

If you have decided to start living in Buckinghamshire you will certainly know at least a few of these reasons.

So, you have made the decision to start living in Buckinghamshire.

Where are the best places to live?

In this article, we explore the best towns and villages to consider when living in Buckinghamshire.

We hope to provide a thorough guide to some of the best areas the region has to offer.

This is the perfect article for you if you are thinking of living in Buckinghamshire and are not sure what town or village to call home!

So, these are our 6 best market towns and villages to consider when living in Buckinghamshire.

High Wycombe

High Wycombe

Don’t let the fact that High Wycombe is a large industrial town put you off. There is much more to it than that.

High Wycombe is a historic town that combines metropolitan sophistication with olde worlde charm.

It makes an ideal commuter location. Fast routes by road and rail ensure a swift trek in and out of London.

It is also surprisingly scenic.

Lying in the valley of the River Wye surrounded by the Chiltern Hills.

Half of the region is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a rival to the Cotswolds.

High Wycombe takes part of its name from the River Wye, which now runs mostly underground through the town.

Retail shopping in High Wycombe? Head to the popular Eden centre home, to over 300 stores.

Complementing the centre is the weekly market, held on Fridays and Saturdays.

Residents have plenty of historical attractions and outdoor activities on tap. the unique Hell-Fire Caves and Hughenden Park are just a couple of places to visit in the area.

Having such a huge range of sophisticated eateries, a plethora of local pubs and cocktail bars at your fingertips, unless you really want to there is no need to travel far for a good time.


Another popular Buckinghamshire location.

Burnham is a large village wedged between Maidenhead and Slough, just north of the great River Thames.

Close to Junction 7 of the M4 Burnham offers good access to the M25 and M40.

Rail links are excellent with mainline stations at Burnham and Taplow, connecting to London Paddington in 35 minutes and also to Maidenhead, Slough and Reading.

Once a very important village, The Great West Road from London to Bath passed through it.

As a result, in 1271, a Royal charter to hold a market and an annual fair emerged.

Evidence of its former importance is in the centre of town.

This is home to some very attractive buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Within the village are Burnham Abbey, a 13th-century church and the grade I listed Huntscombe Manor are great places to learn about the town’s history.

Properties in the village range from period and Victorian properties to contemporary houses.

Unlike many locations in Buckinghamshire, homes here are much more attainable at an average cost of £363,717.

Several nearby green spaces ensure residents are well catered for when it comes to getting out and about.

Burnham Beeches National Nature Reserve, an area of 540 acres of protected ancient woodland, lies just north of the village, a much-loved area for walking.

There are three golf courses Huntswood, Lambourne, Burnham Beeches) to the north and west of the village.

The River Thames is about two miles south and west of the village centre.

The major rowing venue of Dorney Lake is nearby for those who enjoy something a little more active.



Aylesbury’s residents commute to London, Oxford, or Milton Keynes, or work in the town, where major employers are the county council, HBOS and British American Tobacco.

Once a major market town in Anglo-Saxon times, Aylesbury is the burial place of Saint Osgyth, whose shrine attracted pilgrims.

The town has grown substantially.

To demonstrate the scale of this growth, as recently as the 1960s the town held a population of no more than 28,000 but in recent years has grown closer to 75,000 thanks to a number of new housing estates both in and around the town centre.

Facilities do not disappoint either.

As the county town of Buckinghamshire, you can bet there are plenty of retail options should you find yourself fancying a shopping spree.

Friars Square and Hale Leys are the most popular shopping hot spots.

Aylesbury’s attractive market square is overlooked by the Old County Hall and The Corn Exchange building.

In terms of transport connections, it is well known that Aylesbury offers easy rail access to London via Aylesbury railway station and Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station; but it also makes getting around the rest of the county and wider very efficient too.

Luton Airport is your nearest option when it comes to the closest airport 22 miles east of Aylesbury.

There is no time to experience boredom in this lively town.

Stacks of green space, an annual calendar of events, two theatres, an Odeon cinema, a fitness centre and swimming pool and two local golf courses are more than enough to keep everyone happy.

Hambleden Valley

This location has to be one of the best villages in Buckinghamshire!

Hambleden is one of its prettiest villages of brick and flint cottages, in one of the most attractive valleys in the Chiltern Hills.

Hambleden was the home village of William Henry Smith, founder (in 1821) of the book chain W H Smith.

This is not the only claim to fame.

This and several other villages in the area feature in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and other movies and TV shows.

The Hambleden valley extends north from the River Thames and, like most Chilterns valleys, was largely sculpted by glacial meltwaters during the recent Ice Age.

The parish is entirely rural and lies within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is truly an astoundingly beautiful location just perfect for outdoor activities.

You could be a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, however, there are larger towns not too far away.

Hambleden lays 4 miles west of Marlow, and about 3 miles northeast of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire and 12 miles from Reading.

The village enjoys a close-knit community where homes rarely come onto the market.

When they do, they are very expensive.

Currently, there are only three homes for sale ranging from £495,000 – £795,000.



An extremely comfortable and well-heeled Buckinghamshire commuter destination.

The area has become moulded by its transport links.

Likened to London’s Mayfair due to the high cost of properties.

Beaconsfield’s attractive surroundings have been captivating stars of stage and screen for a long time!

Among just some of its notable residents are Dirk Bogarde, Barry Gibb, Enid Blyton and Zoe Ball.

Beaconsfield has retained its Old Town village feel twinned with all the modern conveniences in the new town.

Since the railway first arrived back in the early 1900s, Beaconsfield has grown exponentially.

Those drawn here benefit from its practical and fast route into London, a journey of 25 minutes by rail and Heathrow is just over 15 miles away, ideal for both business and pleasure.

To cater to its rich clientele, 20 high-end restaurants cater for even the pickiest eater.

The town also has a large variety of small, independent boutiques in addition to larger, more popular shops; providing you with copious amounts of places to explore at your leisure.

Bekonscot Model Village, the oldest model village in the world is located in the town and becomes a popular attraction in the summer months.

Beaconsfield sits adjacent to the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This means you can be sure of a wide choice of activities to fill your spare time.


The region of Amersham has to be on our list of best towns and villages in Buckinghamshire.

Occupying prime commuter territory, the small market town offers speedy travel to work (London is just 30 minutes by train.)

Combine this with the close proximity of some very beautiful greenbelt locations.

Sitting within the Chiltern Hills, 27 miles (43 km) northwest of central London, 15 miles (24 km) from Aylesbury and 9 miles (14 km) from High Wycombe.

Early trade at Amersham Market was in local grain, London merchants bought much of this.

During the 17th century and 18th century a key industry in the town was brewing.

Residents have access to two main areas.

The ancient old Amersham, quintessentially British, with a local watering hole such as the Elephant & Castle and Kings Arms, and the impressive 13th-century parish church of St. Mary’s.

The other side of town, in Amersham-on-the-Hill, offers a more 20th-century lifestyle, a busy spot with shops that developed with the arrival of the railway

The Times noted that Amersham has some very sought-after schools.

Several are “outstanding” with the majority rated by Ofsted as “good”.

The housing market is an expensive one.

With the average price paid for a home being £626,766 buying a home in Amersham is not cheap.



An ancient town, Marlow is recorded in the Domesday Book as Merlaue.

Historically, Marlow owed its importance to its location on the River Thames.

The main road from Reading to High Wycombe crosses the river here.

Its population currently numbers around 15,000.

Set amongst the rich meadows of the river Thames valley.

Marlow sits alongside the woodlands of the Chiltern Hills, it is a very enviable place to reside.

The town benefits from being a quick hop into the capital.

It is also a relatively short journey to Slough, High Wycombe and Maidenhead.

Marlow has become one of the trendiest places to live outside London.

A vibrant Georgian market town, Marlow is made up of historic streets.

There is an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bistros all adding to the town’s unique charm.

Alongside an array of great amenities, for non-retail relaxation, there is the very pleasant and green Higginson park.

Packed with play facilities, and connection to the Thames Path and rural walks.

Ideal for families, Marlow has excellent schooling options at both the primary and secondary level.

It is home to the outstanding Sir William Borlase’s co-educational grammar school.

The popularity of this town reflects in its property prices.

The average price paid is around £950,000!

This is up by 7.54% since this time last year.

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