village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire, England

Great Missenden is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. Its environs include the separate, nearby settlements of Prestwood, South Heath and Ballinger.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

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Gateway School

Great Missenden and its environs are mentioned in the Domesday Book. Missenden Abbey (founded in 1133) was a major local influence until the dissolution.

In 2011, The Guardian described Great Missenden as having been "prime stockbroker belt for over a century". The Daily Telegraph put Great Missenden on its "List of Britain's richest villages" and ranked it highly in its "Best Places to Raise a Family in the UK" in 2015.

Claims to fame:

  • Used extensively for location shoots for the British TV detective series Midsomer Murders.
  • The Gateway School, one of the leading preparatory schools in the South East.
  • Home of author Roald Dahl for 36 years until his death in 1990.

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National Cycle Route 57

By car edit

Great Missenden is signposted from the A413 linking Aylesbury with Amersham.

There are 2 small "pay and display" parking facilites off Link Road.

By rail edit

1 Great Missenden Railway Station, Station Approach, Great Missenden, HP16 9AZ. Located centrally in the village, it is served by mainline services between London Marylebone and Aylesbury. Station managed by and services are operated by Chiltern Railways.    

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Map of Great Missenden

Being a small village, most of Great Missenden can be reached on foot. However, some locations are further out.

The main commercial centre in Missenden is on the High Street.

See edit

St Peter & St Paul Church
  • 1 The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Bucks. HP16 0AL, +44 1494 892192. Tu-Su 11AM-5PM. A small museum and interactive exhibits inspired by the life and works of children's author Roald Dahl (who lived near Great Missenden). Adults £6.60, children £4.40, under 5's free.    
  • 2 River Misbourne. A chalk steam which runs alongside the town.    
  • 3 The Malt Brewery Tours, Collings Hanger Farm, Wycombe Rd, Prestwood Great Missenden HP16 0HW (2½ miles W of Great Missenden), +44 1494 865063, . 4th Sa of month 3PM. £15/person.
  • 4 St Peter & St Paul Church, Church Lane, Great Missenden HP16 0BA.

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Great Missenden is in the heart of the Chilterns and so is the starting point for a number of brisk local walks, of varying difficulty.

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Missenden Abbey runs courses and weekends for adult students in conjunction with Bucks New University (in High Wycombe). These tend to be booked up fairly quickly.

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The main commercial centre in Missenden is on the High Street, whereas that in nearby Prestwood is centered on the modern precinct adjoining Wycombe Road in that village's centre.

  • 1 The Malt Brewery Shop, Collings Hanger Farm, Wycombe Rd, Prestwood Great Missenden HP16 0HW (2½ miles W of Great Missenden), +44 1494 865063, . M-W 10AM-5:30PM, Th F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5:30PM. Brewery shop, and tasting (ends at 6PM Th & F)
  • 2 Co-op, Station Approach, Great Missenden HP16 9AZ, +44 1494 864052. M-Sa 7AM-10PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Convenience Store
  • St Andrews's Bookshop (Christian Bookstore), 61/65 High St, +44 1494 862168. Small Christian bookstore, carrying books, cards and recordings.
  • 3 Sainsbury's, 9-11 Wycombe Rd, Prestwood HP16 0NZ (2 miles W of Great Missenden), +44 1494 867683. Daily 7AM-10PM. Convenience store.
  • A farmers market is held at the garden centre in Prestwood, on Friday mornings 8AM-1PM.

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  • 1 Sukhotthai, 50 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AU. Daily noon-2:30PM & 6-11PM. Thai restaurant & take-away.
  • 2 Cream Teas at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, +44 1494 862352. Small scale cream teas, offered 3-5PM Sunday afternoon May-Sept. Live music sometimes accompanies.
  • 3 La Petite Auberge, 107 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0BB, +44 1494 865370. Tu-Sa 7-10PM. Traditional French restaurant.
  • 4 The Polecat Inn, 170 Wycombe Rd, Prestwood HP16 0HJ (3 miles (by road) W of Great Missenden), +44 1494 862253, . Oct-Mar: M-F 11:30AM-3PM & 6-11PM, Sa all day (food to 9PM), Su noon-6PM (food to 3PM); Apr-Sept: M-Sa 11:30AM-11PM (food to 9PM), Su noon-6PM (food to 3PM). Restaurant & Hotel

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Black Horse Pub
The Cross Keys

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  • 1 Post Office, 35 Station Approach, Great Missenden HP16 9AZ. M-Sa 6AM-6PM, Su 6AM-2PM.

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