This Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe is close to London and, even though some of the industries have changed, it has always been heavily involved in manufacturing of some kind. It is this that makes stays in High Wycombe serviced apartments so popular.
High Wycombe, also referred to as just Wycombe, is the second-largest town in the county of Buckinghamshire, less than thirty miles northwest of London. The town’s approximate 125,000 population also fall under the local government Wycombe district. The council is based in High Wycombe, within easy walking distance of Wycombe High School and the town’s hospital. The council offices are also not far from the where the railway line and River Wye run alongside each other through the town.
High Wycombe train station, based along the Chiltern Main Line, runs services to Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone, whilst Heathrow Airport is not far away also. Our apartments in High Wycombe are conveniently near to the M40 motorway too.
With the M40 being so close, those staying in High Wycombe aparthotels can not only travel simply in opposite directions to Oxford and London (and beyond) but also through the beautiful Chiltern Hills which surrounds High Wycombe. The Chilterns is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and plays a significant role in attracting people to the area and High Wycombe.
High Wycombe is a town so steeped in industry that the Latin motto on the town’s crest actually reads ‘Industry Enriches’. It is no wonder that many describe the area as the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain. It was firstly a furniture making town, and although it continues to some extent, this has now been joined by industries such as paper production and the manufacture of precision instruments, among others. A range of businesses thrive across the area though, focused mainly on four key sectors, which are advanced engineering; ICT and software development; Biopharma; and food and drink.
However, it is not just the range of sectors that have room for success that encourage businesses and corporates to relocate here. People choose to stay in High Wycombe corporate accommodation as they acknowledge that both the location and business climate are key to the success of the town’s economy. As previously mentioned, High Wycombe benefits from having great connections to London and other business hubs thanks to direct rail links, the underground network and the nearby major M40 road. This ultimately makes the town an ideal place to reside for commuters. However, thanks to a strong public transport network and wide-ranging coverage of business support, High Wycombe and the Wycombe district as a whole also prove to be strong places for business themselves.
The Wycombe District Council emphasise this level of support. On their website, businesses can find information about the area’s economic strategy and plans for development, details about support schemes such as the Buckinghamshire Business First and the benefits of the likes of the easy accessible High Wycombe Hub. All of this and more is on the doorstep of even those staying in open-plan High Wycombe short term accommodation.
The believed origins of High Wycombe’s history stems from around 150AD when the Romans built a settlement on Rye park. It was discovered that these settlements were home to a typical Roman bathhouse which was reliant upon the nearby, all-important River Wye. The Wye also proved vital for the success of mills and their production from the 11th century onwards. This enabled the town to progress industrially, branching out to new forms of manufacturing. Paper production was one of the more substantial industries, which continues to flourish today since first operating in 1627.
It was industries such as this which dominated the social scene in High Wycombe for many centuries. Therefore, the negative impacts of key events such as the Black Death plague and the World Wars on industry were overwhelming, causing social unrest and loss of jobs. A positive to come out the World Wars in particular however was the town’s hosting of the RAF Bomber Command and US Air Force headquarters.
Recent times though have seen High Wycombe mature in a bid to support itself and its population. Developments took place in 1960 and 2006, mostly targeting the town centre. New state of the art infrastructure and facilities have not only helped High Wycombe continue to excel in existing industries, but also develop in new modern-day sectors. It is worth popping by the Wycombe Museum if you get the chance, just across the road from the town’s train station and a range of High Wycombe corporate housing, to gain a detailed insight into exactly how the town truly came to be.
It is hard to paraphrase the large variety of things to do in High Wycombe. It is most important to remember though that, as well as the main attractions, there is an abundance of High Wycombe restaurants, pubs, shops and cafes which are ideal to be used as meeting places, to socialise, get some work done or even just relax for a few hours. Those staying in fully equipped High Wycombe extended stay apartments will be sure to benefit from these places, particularly across the Eden Shopping Centre, throughout their stay in the town.
Included within the ‘main attractions’ is the historic, beautiful River Wye. Flowing from where the Thames meets at Bourne End, the River passes through High Wycombe, underneath the town centre. It runs parallel to the railway line, and the best place to enjoy it would be to relax on The Rye, a large green space. The River flow ends at the National Trust West Wycombe Park, the home of an extravagant 18th-century mansion and estate, as well as stunning gardens which featured on the popular TV show, Downton Abbey. Not only is it pleasant on the eye, but the land is also jam-packed with nature and greenery much like the other National Trust owned site, Hughenden Manor, north of High Wycombe. Hughenden Manor is famous as the home of a former Prime Minister in the 19th century.
Both beautiful attractions are just a small part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of which they are attached to, the Chiltern Hills. Those staying in SITU’s apartments in High Wycombe can enjoy being just a short walk or car journey away from this stunning countryside area. Anyone here can go hiking, cycling, as well as lodge and dine amongst some of the beautiful landscape in the country.
All in all, it is evident that apartments in Wycombe enable their guests to be surrounded by a range of remarkable, historic attraction which is exclusively unique to the town. What’s more though is corporates can take comfort from knowing that they are also based in a town that enjoys a strong economy and business climate, a close commuting distance to the capital and rich, industrial history.
The closest of the major London airports is Heathrow (LHR), twenty-five miles southeast of High Wycombe. This means guests staying in High Wycombe corporate housing can be just a short car or train journey away from access to a gulf of domestic and overseas flights.
The next nearest to High Wycombe is London Oxford (OXF) and Luton Luton (LTN) airports, both around forty miles to the north of the town. London Stansted (STN) and London City (LCY) are not that much further away to the east.
Based along the Chiltern Main Line, the London Marylebone and Oxford Line and the Greenford Line (Monday-Friday), High Wycombe Train Station is the sole railway function in the town.
Along the Chiltern Line, High Wycombe sits between Saunderton and Beaconsfield stations. On the Marylebone to Oxford Line, the station sits between Bicester Village and London Marylebone, whereas on the Greenford Line, the station is the northern terminus preceded by South Ruislip station.
The nearest underground station facility to High Wycombe is Uxbridge Underground Station, just fourteen miles southeast of the town. With it being in the direction of Central London, Uxbridge station is a convenient mode of transport into the town.
There are two bus stations in High Wycombe. One is based on Bridge Street in the town centre, whilst High Wycombe Coachway is an interchange station close to junction 4 of the M40.
Many bus routes pass throughout these stations and the abundance of other bus stops across the town, operated predominantly by companies such as Carousel Buses, Red Eagle, National Express and Arriva. High Wycombe Park & Ride is also a convenient mode of transport for those wanting to access the town centre easily.
Even guests planning to stay temporarily in High Wycombe short term accommodation can arrange to be within proximity of stops of their choice.