Originally the town nestled in the natural loop of the Great River Ouse, but developed past this boundary and is now the thriving town you see today.
The County town of Buckinghamshire from the 10th century, Buckingham prospered as a medieval market town, with charters from Mary Tudor in 1554, and Charles II in 1684, establishing market days and two annual fairs, which still take place today.
In the early 18th century Buckingham was in decline and following a disastrous fire, much of its centre had to be rebuilt. In spite of the coming of the canal and the railway, Buckingham was little altered until well into the 20th century. Today, it retains much of its traditional market town charm.
Buckingham has many interesting and historical buildings and features, though only two of the main buildings are open to visitors to look at internally – The Old Gaol and The Chantry Chapel.
You can download our Hidden Treasures of Buckingham leaflet or view our new online map for information on the special and historical places & features of Buckingham.
⇒ Hidden Treasures of Buckingham Leaflet
⇒ Hidden Treasures of Buckingham Online Map