"Great Missenden" Great Missenden by SallyM

Great Missenden Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 35 photos

Great Missenden - famous mainly for Roald Dahl

Great Missenden is a small village in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, England. The countryside around is very pleasant for walking in. On Sundays in summer, cream teas are served at the parish church, so you can compensate for all the calories that you have just walked off.

Its chief claim to fame is that the author Roald Dahl lived here. At certain times of the year the garden of his former house is opened to the public. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre recently opened in the village.

Missenden Abbey, a medieval Augustinian abbey (rebuilt after a fire) offers residential courses in a range of subjects from crafts to creative writing.

According to the Evening Standard [8/8/2006] Great Missenden is one of the top five places to live in the South East of England. It only missed the top two because house prices are a bit high. The other criteria were good train service to London, good schools and interesting centre.
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Currently, Great Missenden is in the news as it is on the route of the proposed 'HS2' high speed rail link from London to Birmingham. The route will run mainly in tunnels and cuttings through the area. Local residents are campaigning against the proposals.

Great Missenden and the surrounding area are also used for filming the TV series 'Midsomer Murders'.

A bit quaint

This former garage in Missenden High Street has long since stopped selling petrol (since the price went up to £1 a gallon...!), but the pumps remain.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Attractive village, within easy reach of London
  • Cons:No hotels.
  • In a nutshell:Roald Dahl woz 'ere!
  • Intro Updated Nov 17, 2012
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  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    Lovely page , I have a good friend who lives here !

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I must admit I have never heard of Great Missenden before, but I always like places that have 'Great' in their name. See you in 2015 at the big VT meeting in Belgium.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Like the sound of the Pot Deli and at six quid for a main course I can imagine it does great business. Love yout HP BTW - nicely written and structured.

  • Knoto's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    Sounds like a lovely place.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Must be nice living in such a highly rated place. Love the opening pic.

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