Mentmore Towers, Mentmore, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0QH, UK
About Mentmore Towers
Mentmore Towers is a 19th-century English country house built between 1852 and 1854 for the Rothschild family in the village of Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. Not abandoned and still in good condition, this Grade I listed building, and its entire estate has passed through so many owners over a two-century period, that it somehow feels detached from the real world.
Attractions near Mentmore Towers
Ascott House is a former hunting box that dates back to the 16th Century was donated to the National Trust in 1949 by Anthony de Rothschild, together with the Ascott Collection. It is set in a 3,200-acre estate. There are a few steep slopes in the gardens, however many of the paths are level and provide stunning views over the Aylesbury Vale. All visitors using the paths and grounds are asked to take care and wear the appropriate footwear.
The Leighton Buzzard Railway is one of England's longest and oldest narrow-gauge lines, with a worldwide collection of locomotives and rolling stock and so more. It also now houses one of the largest and most important collections of narrow-gauge stock in England. Both the collection and the railway itself are covered by our Accredited Museum designation, awarded by Arts Council England.
The Park is home to the very popular Splash ‘n’ Play facility, the beach, the skate park, and also the bandstand. The Splash ‘n’ Play water park is currently closed for winter. the area surrounding the green became the focus for fine houses and grounds built by merchants and the gentry within easy distance of London, yet in a more salubrious setting than the urban environs. A number of Georgian houses have survived, some of them replacing earlier Tudor and Elizabethan buildings.
A huge water source that comprises four individual reservoirs: Startop's End, Marsworth and Tringford reservoirs are all close together and Wilstone reservoir is a short distance to the west. Originally built to serve the canal system, the reservoirs have become one of the best birdwatching spots in southern England.
College Lake is widely regarded as one of the best places in Buckinghamshire for water birds, and with many hides overlooking the lake, this is a great destination for bird watchers or for families, whatever the weather or time of year. The site has more than a thousand species of wildlife on the lake, marshland, and grassland. Rare species include Lapwings, which nest on islands in the lake, and redwing.
Ivinghoe Beacon is one end of the ancient path The Ridgeway, which stretches 85 miles from Overton Hill near Avebury, Wiltshire. It is a popular spot for walkers and sightseers. Model aircraft enthusiasts also use lift generated by the wind blowing up the hill to fly their unpowered aircraft – a technique known as slope soaring.
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Buckinghamshire is a ceremonial county in South East England that borders Greater London to the south-east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north-east and Hertfordshire to the east.