Thursday 12 March 2015

Visiting Aylesbury: Top 10 Attractions

This year is already off to a flying start, and I am sure I must have blinked at some point and by passed the whole of Christmas.. Because suddenly Easter is on the horizon! I do enjoy Easter, the bank holiday weekend and getting chance to spend the time with the entire family… The chocolate also makes it that little bit more bearable, but really it’s the opportunity to get out and about and visit places and attractions together with your loved ones.

This Easter we are looking to visit Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, it’s just under a 2 hour drive from us so we will be looking to fill up a few days of the best attractions to suit the entire (extended, think Granny and Granddad!) family! Of course this means that we have to think about many different needs, we have to find attractions that will appeal to a wider audience and also keep our mischievous 3 year old entertained in the process.

Top 10 Attractions

With the needs that we need to meet in mind I have been having a look online at the attractions that will best suit us over the Easter Break.

1. Abbotts View Alpacas are a small family run farm and they specialise in breeding Huacaya Alapacas, Berkshire Pigs, Pygmy Goats, Greyface Dartmoore Sheep, Manx Loaghtan Sheep and Miniature Ponies, along with Guinea Pigs, Rabbits and Ducks! Visiting is by pre-booking only and there is so much to do once you are there, so it really is a family destionation for old and young. Fancy taking a Alapaca for a walk? No problem.

2. Waddesdon Manor is a must on our list for Granny and Granddad, and is an ideal place to spend the day with the family. You can take a walk around the formal gardens and take in the now blossoming Snowdrops and Daffodils (Spring is coming!) or enjoy the stately home. I am sure that we can persuade Leo to look around the house for a short period of time, but I think he may enjoy the garden’s more than the house it’self.

3. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a destination that I know a certain 3 year old will want to go before I even mention it. If it is a train then Leo will be one very happy little guy, and visiting a 25 acre working steam museam… Well that is just the cherry on his cake. It features one of the UK’s largest locomotive collections, rolling stock and railway memrobillia, and even on special days offers guests the chance to take a train ride!

4. Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery is a place that I myself would love to visit, never mind the kids! It’s a chance to discover the oh so magical world of Roald Dahl himself, I have such fond memories of reading his stories back in my childhood, Matilda, The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and we can’t forget his twist on the traditional fairytales. I was actually only reading those to Leo the other week, and I had forgotten how funny they are. 

If we have time we will certainly be wanting to visit:

5. Buckinhamshire County Museum

6. Stoke Mandeville Stadium

7. Whipsnade Zoo

8. Milton Keynes Museum

9. The Old Gaol Museum

10. Silverstone Race Track

So we have found a great selection of different things to do together over the Easter half term, but with the drive being around the 2 hour mark we are definitely going to want to stay over and turn it into a break.

Accommodation in Aylesbury

 When we visit a destination we like to know that we are going to have everything that we may need, a nice room, access to the local area but enough distance from the hustle and bustle so that when we return to the hotel, we can simply relax. 

We came across the Holiday Inn Aylesbury and liked that it is set in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of Aylesbury. It's easy to reach from the M25, M40 & M1 which makes it a great option for us travelling in, The hotel is a great base for visiting Silverstone, Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Whipsnade Zoo, Bicester Village Outlet Shopping Centre and RAF Halton.

The Holiday Inn hotel in Aylesbury boasts 139 bedrooms in all and they all come equipped with high speed internet! What more could a blogger neeed?  Then of course there is the Junction Restaurant, Hub bar and lounge and not to forget the Spirit Health and Fitness Club that even includes an indoor swimming pool, steam room, gym, sauna, spa and two beauty treatment rooms.

We have lot's planned for our Easter Break and are really looking forward to some time away, and of course enjoying some sights!

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