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  • 1. History of High Wycombe

    In about AD 150, the Romans built a villa on the site now known as The Rye, in the town centre. The remains of the villa were discovered in the 18th century. The villa was close to the Holy Well spring, whose waters may have supplied the baths, and it is thought that the villa was the centre of a large estate with several outlying farms. Roman bricks from the villa can still be...Read more seen in the tower of the parish church and in the ruins of St John's Hospital in Easton Street. Paper mills formed a big part of the town's industry from the 17th century to the end of the 20th century. Lace making and chair making are other important industries in the town's history. Read less

  • 2. Now in High Wycombe

    A development in 2006, known as Eden, provided the town with spacious new shopping and leisure facilities and a state of the art public library. High Wycombe is a bustling market town with The Rye parkland at its heart. The River Wye runs through the town and there are plans to open this up in the town centre to make it a more prominent feature in the future.

  • 3. Events in High Wycombe

    Wycombe Arts Festival runs from the end of April to the beginning of June and features a wide selection of arts events by both amateur and professional performers and artists. The festival programme includes everything from intimate storytelling sessions to huge productions and concerts. The Speen Festival takes place every two years in the village of Speen, on the outskirts of...Read more High Wycombe, and includes performances, exhibitions and outdoor activities. The Wooburn Festival takes place from the end of September to the end of October and includes music events, art exhibitions and spoken word events. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in High Wycombe

    Wycombe Museum tells the history of the district with displays, hands-on exhibits and the famous collection of Windsor chairs. The Hell-Fire Caves, at West Wycombe, take visitors 300ft underground to a series of caves containing exhibits and murals. The tale of Suki the ghost bride is among the stories told in the caves. National Trust's Hughenden Manor, is the home of the form...Read moreer Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. Attractions at the site include Disraeli's German forest, Sergeant Hadfield's wartime living room and the Ice House bunker with hands-on activities. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in High Wycombe

    The Rye, in the centre of the town, covers 53 acres and is the second largest park in the district. The land includes the River Wye, a children's playground, football pitches and changing rooms. Wycombe Sports Centre includes a 50m swimming pool, a 25m teaching pool, a 100-station gym, sports hall, athletics track, bowls hall, soft play area and more. The Hollywell Mead swimmin...Read moreg pool is an open air heated swimming pool at The Rye. It is open during the summer months. Read less

  • 6. Business in High Wycombe

    The Eden shopping and leisure complex has over 100 shops, restaurants, a 12-screen cinema and a bowling alley. The Chilterns Shopping Centre is home to many retail outlets, including high street names, and attracts thousands of visitors every day. The High Wycombe Town Centre Market is held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

  • 7. Transport in High Wycombe

    By road, High Wycombe is close to the M40 motorway, linking to London and the M25 in the east and Birmingham in the north west. The A404 runs from High Wycombe to Maidenhead to the south, while the A4010 links to Aylesbury to the north. The M1 to the north is easily reached via the M40 and M25. Rail links are good to the town and services to and from High Wycombe train station ...Read moreinclude a 35-minute train to London and a two-hour train to Birmingham. There are six international airports within easy reach of the town: Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick, Stansted, London City and Birmingham. Heathrow is the closest and takes about 30 minutes by car. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in High Wycombe

    The main venue for live entertainment in the town is the Wycombe Swan Theatre. The theatre programme includes live music, comedy, theatre, dance, pantomime and more. The Nag's Head is a venue for live music in the town centre and events include open mic sessions, afternoon jam sessions and blues nights. Concerts also take place at Wycombe Academy of Music and Art and Bucks Stud...Read moreent Union. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in High Wycombe

    The Hell-Fire caves in West Wycombe are believed to be of very ancient origin, although they became famous in the 1740s when they were extended by Sir Francis Dashwood for his famous Hellfire Club. Members of the club included Lord Sandwich, John Wilkes and other senior aristocrats and statesmen.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about High Wycombe

    The High Wycombe district is popular with filmmakers and TV producers and has been used for many movies and TV programmes including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park and The Vicar of Dibley.


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