10 Great Things to do in Buckinghamshire

The Palladian Bridge at Stowe – so many things to see & do.

This charming cottage sits within the conservation area of the picturesque village of Thornborough and is ideal for short breaks for business and pleasure.

Thornborough is a great location with Silverstone, Bletchley Park, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Stowe, Waddesden Manor, and Bicester Village all within easy reach

You will find a Local Activities File in Ilex Cottage which has lots of information, maps with great ideas and things to do.

Bletchley Park 10 Great Things to do in Buckinghamshire

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park was the home of British World War II codebreaking and is now a heritage attraction and museum, open daily to visitors. 


The Georgian landscape garden and park at Stowe National Trust have attracted visitors for over 300 years.  ‘Capability’ Brown learnt his trade as a gardener experimenting at Stowe before moving on to many aristocratic estates. Stowe gardens are open daily.

Places to visit

Ilex Cottage is well situated to visit many local areas of interest; Silverstone, Oxford, Bicester to name a few.

The Great Buckinghamshire Countryside

There are numerous footpaths in and around Thornborough.  Ilex Cottage has a file of walking options and a full size OS map centred on the cottage for guests to enjoy.

What has Milton Keynes got to offer?

When we first moved to the area all we knew about MK was that there were concrete cows & lots of roundabouts – since we have lived here we have discovered a host of other attractions;

Xscape MK  – Bowling, Casino, Cinema, Ski Slope, Skydiving, Trampoline Park, Shopping and Restaurants.  

The National Bowl – hosting concerts throughout the year.  

Planet Ice – ice rink & home of the MK Lightning ice hockey team.

centre:mk – home to 1000’s of shops & restaurants.

MK Theatre District – Theatre with the best of West End & touring shows, MK Gallery for contemporary visual art & numerous restaurants.

Thornborough – the quintessential English village

So much to see & do around our wonderful village.

Walk to the 14th century Medieval Bridge, the only one in the country.

Find the Dole Tree on the village green where the villagers used to gather before walking to Buckingham to sign on for the dole.

Visit our parish church, St Mary’s where at Harvest Festival you are encouraged to come by tractor if you can!