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High Wycombe

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The town of High Wycombe grew up during the 18th and 19th centuries as a centre of the furniture industry and was known as 'the furniture capital of England'. The wide High Street of mostly Georgian buildings is dominated at its western end by the Little Market House, known locally as the 'Pepperpot'.

TI Library. Tel. 01494 421892.

Accommodation in High Wycombe

Wycombe Museum ¼ mile

An 18th century house containing displays exploring the history of the local area, including a gallery devoted to furniture. Art gallery. The gardens contain the remains of a medieval Motte. Events and activities programme. Café. Tel. 01494 421895.
Open M-S 1000-1700, Sun 1400-1700, closed BH.
www.wycombe.gov.uk/museum

Hughenden NT 2 miles or by bus then ¼ mile uphill

The country home of the Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Much of his furniture, books and pictures remain. The gardens have been recreated from the colourful designs of his wife. Parkland and woodland walks. Restaurant. Tel. 01494 755565.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (closes dusk if earlier). House opens 1100 (1200 Jan-Feb).
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 300 from Bus Station (½ mile from Rail Station) to entrance drive (watch for NT sign), 8 minutes journey. M-S every 30 minutes, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Arriva.

High Wycombe map

West Wycombe Park NT by bus

A fine rococo landscape garden created in the mid 18th century by Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the Dilettanti Society and the Hellfire Club. The lavishly decorated house has Palmyrene ceilings, with pictures, furniture and sculpture dating from the time of Sir Francis. Tel. 01494 513569.
Open Jun-Aug (also Apr-May, Grounds only), MTWThSu 1400-1800.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 40 from Bus Station (½ mile from Rail Station) to West Wycombe Swan, 10 minutes journey. Daily, hourly. Operated by Carousel Buses.

West Wycombe Village and Hill NT by bus

An attractive Chilterns village with cottages and inns dating from the 16th to 18th centuries. There are fine views from the hill which is surmounted by an Iron Age hill fort and formed part of the original landscape design of West Wycombe Park. The Church and Dashwood Mausoleum on the hill do not belong to the National Trust. Tel. 01494 513569.
Open at all times.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus see West Wycombe Park above.

Hell Fire Caves by bus

Supposedly of ancient origin the caves were extended in the 1740's by Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the notorious Hellfire Club which met in the Caves. Long winding passages through the chalk lead deep underground for over ½ mile through the Banqueting Hall to the Inner Temple. Chambers contain scenes depicting members of the Hellfire Club. Café. Tel. 01494 533739.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1100-1730. Nov-Mar, SSu & BH 1100-dusk.
www.hellfirecaves.co.uk
Bus see West Wycombe Park above.

West Wycombe map