Amersham is a market town with two distinct areas. Modern Amersham-on-the-Hill developed around the Metropolitan Railway station. The Old Town is 1 mile away in the valley of the River Misbourne with a 13th century church and historic half-timbered buildings in the High Street. A map showing the Old Town's historic buildings can be downloaded from www.amershamsociety.org
Amersham is in the the Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a range of chalk hills north-west of London. The area is popular for walking with beautiful countryside, great views and picturesque villages. There are buses from Amersham station to the attractive village of Chalfont St Giles with a Norman church, village green, duckpond and Milton's Cottage Museum (see below). Also nearby is the Chiltern Open Air Museum with rescued local buildings, it is 1½ miles walk from Chalfont St Giles along the Chiltern Way.
Amersham Museum is in a medieval hall house and neighbouring Victorian building.
The museum shows what local life was like during five key years of the town's history. Garden.
Temporary exhibitions and events programme. Tel. 01494 723700.
Open Mar-Oct, WThFSSu & BH 1200-1630.
Milton's Cottage is the only surviving home of the poet and parliamentarian, John Milton.
He completed his masterpeice 'Paradise Lost' here after fleeing the 1665 London plague.
The 16th century cottage contains books, paintings and prints that give an insight into his life.
Cottage garden. Allow time to also explore the village of Chalfont St Giles. Tel. 01494 872313.
Open Apr-Oct, WThF 1400-1700.
www.miltonscottage.org | www.chalfontstgiles.org.uk
Bus 105 from station to Chalfont St Giles, London Road (ask for King's Road stop), 11 minutes journey, then ½ mile walk along the Chiltern Way. Operated by Carousel.
Buses also operate from Gerrards Cross and Seer Green stations. Chalfont St Giles is 2½ miles walk from Seer Green station.
An outdoor museum in the Chilterns countryside with rescued and reconstructed buildings that were the
homes and workplaces of ordinary local people. Buildings include an Iron Age roundhouse, a Victorian toll house, a tin chapel,
a blacksmith's forge and wartime Nissen huts. Working farm with animals. Traditional gardens. Woodland trail (with blubells in spring).
Adventure playground. Tearoom. Events programme. Tel. 01494 871117.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700, last admission 1530.
Bus 105 from station to Chalfont St Giles, London Road (ask for King's Road stop), 11 minutes journey, then 1; mile walk along the Chiltern Way. Operated by Carousel.
Buses also operate from Gerrards Cross and the Museum is 2½ miles walk from Chorleywood station.