Things to do in and around Marlow:
Bekenscot Model Village & Railway (20 minute drive)
Bekenscot is the world’s oldest model village and railway, opening for the first time in 1929. Wonderful place for kids, especially boys as there is a huge model railway and delightful gardens. See www.bekonscot.co.uk
Odds Farm Park – (15 min drive)
Our family love Odd’s Farm which is a big children’s farm where the kids can feed the animals, play on the playground, take a tractor ride, and play in the indoor play center amongst a host of other things. See www.oddsfarm.co.uk
Legoland (20 minute drive)
Legoland has over 55 rides and attractions and is a great day out for the family. www.legoland.co.uk
Windsor Castle (25 minute drive)
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years.
The Castle covers an area of about 13 acres and contains:
• Magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection
• St George’s Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs)
• Queen Mary’s Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature
For more information see www.windsor.gov.uk
Thorpe Park (35 minute drive)
Thorpe Park is a theme park, great for all ages. www.thorpepark.com
Rebellion Beer Brewery (5 minute drive)
Rebellion started brewing beer in 1993 in a small industrial unit in Marlow Bottom. They have been very successful and have expanded the brewery several times and now occupy several buildings within the same farm site. They currently produce approximately 70,000 pints per week and you can find our beers in over 400 local pubs and clubs within a 30-mile radius of Marlow. See www.rebellionbeer.co.uk to arrange a tour or to visit the shop.
Danesfield House Spa (10 minute drive away)
Treat yourself to a Spa day at the luxurious Danesfield House and stay for lunch and a visit to the gardens. If you are interested in history, it was also the location for the Photographic Recognisance arm of the Royal Airforce, analysing over 10,000,000 photos, during World War II www.danesfieldhouse.co.uk
Hell Fire Caves (10 minute Drive)
The Knights of St Francis of Wycombe or the Hell-Fire Club as it was later called was a natural progression from earlier clubs founded by Sir Francis Dashwood in the mid 18th. Century, such as the Dilettanti Society, which was started in 1733 to encourage interest in classical art.
Henley (20 minute drive)
Henley is another beautiful riverside town and home of the famous Henley Regatta, full of shops, bars and restaurants. You can hire a boat here and cruise along the river.
Wentworth Golf and Country Club (35 minute drive)
Wentworth is one of the country’s finest golf clubs and will be home of the BMW 2013 PGA. There are also some excellent restaurants. www.wentworthclub.com
Stoke Park Golf Club and Hotel (25 min drive)
Pay a visit to Stoke Park, for golf, lunch and/or the Spa. one of the premier country houses and golf courses in the UK. Stoke Park was the setting for James Bond’s epic golfing duel in the 1964 classic 007 movie ‘Goldfinger’. www.stokepark.com
Hughenden Manor (10 minute drive)
Hughenden Manor offers an insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881. Visitors can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia and there are hands-on activities for children. The formal garden has been recreated based on the original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli and there are beautiful woodland walks surrounding this fascinating country home which is now the property of the National Trust. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden/
Oxford (45 minute drive)
Take a day trip to the historic university town of Oxford. www.oxfordcityguide.com
Hampton Court Palace (40 min drive)
Discover the magnificence of Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry’s State Rooms. Tickle your taste buds in the vast Tudor kitchens, stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens, lose yourself in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth. Creep along the Haunted Gallery and discover another palace, the Baroque Palace, full of intrigue and gossip from the Stuart and Georgian era. Costumed tours and talks happen daily, whilst many more seasonal events are worth noting – visit www.hrp.org.uk/hamptoncourt
Cliveden (15 minute drive)
Cliveden is a privately owned 5 Red Star award-winning hotel. The story of Cliveden is about 300 years of power, politics and parties. A house built for entertaining. The first house was built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. A notorious rake, schemer and wit, he created Cliveden as a hunting lodge where he could entertain his friends and mistress.
Since then it has twice been destroyed by fire, only to emerge, phoenix-like, more stunning than before. The house has played host to virtually every British monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales, who created a happy family home here until his death in 1751.
Queen Victoria, a frequent guest was not amused when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America’s richest citizen. When in 1906 he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw. See www.clivedenhouse.co.uk