Living in Buckinghamshire

Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire, is a historic town with narrow Tudor streets to explore especially with the 17th Century houses located around St Mary’s Square which includes the original County Hall built in 1720.

Aylesbury is an interesting combination of old and new due to the fact Aylesbury’s reputation of a sleepy town has changed in the modern ear to a commercial interest, meaning that it has one of the highest employment rates in the whole country. The closest major cities include London, Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham.

Aylesbury is surrounded by the picturesque Chiltern Hills which sits on the banks of the flood plain of the River Thames making the surrounding area a beautiful location and adding to the charm of the county.

Things to do

Aylesbury is part way through an exciting multi-million pound improvement programme. The town centre has seen major change in the last five years with the opening of the Waterside Theatre, The Exchange, a new marina at Circus Fields, as well as improvements to Waterside South, Vale Park and public spaces – and there’s plenty more to come.

You can find out more about the varied things you can do in Aylesbury by visiting

Useful information


Getting out and about around Aylesbury can be done via cycling due to its great network of cycle routes which allows you to cycle into the town centre from a number of nearby areas and villages.

If you would prefer to travel by car, Aylesbury is easily accessible from other nearby towns and cities which include Oxford, Bicester, Buckingham and High Wycombe. Aylesbury is closely located to the M25 and M40 meaning that reaching London and any of the other cities makes it very accessible.

Aylesbury train station is located a few minutes’ walk from the Market Square and has facilities such as on-site car parking. If you travel with Chiltern Railways from Aylesbury to London Marylebone it will only take an hour.

For further information regarding travelling and transport in Aylesbury can be found by visiting

Lettings and estate agents

Aylesbury is well served by local independent estate agents as well as large ‘chain’ estate agents.

Some estate agents have their own, or include details of their properties on estate agency group websites or general property websites. The following websites can help you with your search:

Places of worship

There are many places of worship in the Aylesbury area:


View a list of all schools in Buckinghamshire

Alternatively, to look at the details of specific schools or carry out a more refined search, you can use the DirectGov schools finder. This will also provide the school’s website, address, and performance scores.


Aylesbury has three main shopping centres – Friars Square, Hale Leys and Aylesbury Shopping Park, all hold many well-known high street retailers.

The Square also hosts traditional open air markets, with a vintage and craft bazaar every Thursday and a general market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Delicious local produce can also be found at the Farmers Market which is held on the last Tuesday of every month.

As well as local shopping centres within Aylesbury there is also accessibility to other shopping centres such as Reading and the Oracle Centre which also hold a wide variety of shops. London and Birmingham are also within an easy reach via train if you are looking for a shopping day in the capital. For the ultimate shopping experience Aylesbury is close to the home of the internationally renowned designer retail outlet – Bicester Village.

Page last reviewed: 8 July, 2022