Attending the Buckingham History Festival

The Buckingham History Festival is the guest of the University of Buckingham, which has generously provided the Festival venues.

All the Speakers’ talks will take place in either the Vinson Lecture Theatre (in the Vinson Centre, on Hunter St, Buckingham) or in the Ondaatje Lecture Theatre (at the Radcliffe Centre, on Church Lane), a few minutes’ walk away.

Details on this page include how to get here, some selected local accommodation, and frequently asked questions.

Festival Bookshop

There is a Festival Bookshop, housed within the Vinson Centre, which stocks our speakers’ recent publications. Festival speakers will be holding book-signing events at the Festival Bookshop immediately after their lectures.

The Festival Bookshop also carries a selection of other books by our speakers, and a range of books related to their subject areas.



Arrival by car

Please navigate to postcode MK18 1EG, which takes visitors to the Hunter St entrance to the Vinson Centre.

Free Parking
Free festival parking is available in the Island Car Park on the University of Buckingham main campus, a two-minute walk from the Vinson Centre.
Disabled Parking
Designated disabled parking is available at the Vinson Centre, but must be booked in advance. Please email the Festival Office directly on to arrange a pass.
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Arrival by train

Milton Keynes Central is the nearest train station and is a twenty-minute taxi ride away from Buckingham. Taxis can be booked in advance with Carlton Cars on 01908 307030.

Arrival by bus

The X5 bus (Click here details) provides links from Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, and drops off in Buckingham town centre, a short walk from the Festival venues.


Accommodation within a short distance.

The Villiers Hotel
Quoting the university while booking will offer a discount in this hotel.

Address: 3 Castle Street, Buckingham, MK18 1BS

Price: £80-£150

Contact information:
Phone Number: +44 1280 822444

The White Hart

Address: 1-2 Market Square, Buckingham, MK18 1NL

Price: £50- £100

Contact information:
Phone Number: 01280 815151

Best Western Buckingham Hotel

Address: Ring Road South, Buckingham, MK18 1RY

Price: £106-£200

Contact information:
Phone Number: 0844 387 6218

Travelodge Buckingham

Address: A413, Buckingham MK18 1SH

Price: £47-£80

Contact Information:
Phone Number: 08719 846087

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the festival?

Please see ‘Arrivals‘ above

How do I buy tickets?

Please see the Tickets Page

Will there be cashpoints on site?

A cashpoint is available in the Old Tanlaw Mill, three minutes’ walk from the main Festival site. All vendors at the festival will accept debit and credit cards.

Are there toilet facilities?

Yes, there are accessible toilet facilities in the Vinson Centre and the Radcliffe Centre.

Will food and drink be available?

Food and drink will be available at the Festival site and from nearby restaurants.

How do I organise at taxi to or from the festival?

Please contact Carlton Cars on 01908 307030.

Will there be book signings?

Yes: Festival speakers will be holding book-signing events in the Vinson Centre immediately following their talks.

Is there Wifi available at the Festival?

Yes. Full details will be available on the day.

Is the festival accessible for disabled people?

Designated disabled parking is available at the Vinson Centre. Please email us directly to arrange a pass.

Both venues being used for the Festival talks – the Vinson Centre and Radcliffe Centre – are wheelchair accessible.

How do I contact the festival organisers?

Please email us with any other questions.