Quainton is a historic village in the north-west of Aylesbury. Known for its traditional houses and quintessential countryside cottages, Quainton is an idyllic and popular location with a variety of local amenities and shops. This area guide from our estate agents in Quainton will tell you everything you need to know about this historic and picturesque village.
Visit Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a railway museum operated by the Quainton Railway Society. At Quainton Road railway station, about 2 miles from Waddesdon, the site is divided into two halves joined by two foot-bridges, one of which provides wheelchair access. Each side has a demonstration line with various workshop buildings as well as museum buildings. While other closed stations on the former MR lines north of Aylesbury were generally demolished or sold, in 1969, the Quainton Railway Society was formed to operate a working museum at the station.
Visit Green Dragon ECO Farm
Green Dragon ECO Farm is located in beautiful open countryside where there’s plenty of space for families to explore. Most of the farm is laid out to paddocks for rare breed farm animals and includes Animal Barn and Pets’ Corner where visitors can meet the animals at close quarters. As well as the farm trail, there’s a nature trail that runs around the outskirts of the farm. An outdoor play area is ideal for children to let off steam and, for all-weather, year-round play, there are two barns, including soft play. There’s freshly made, seasonal food in the Eco Centre restaurant that’s supplied by local producers and from their own walled garden and orchard, where they grow heritage fruit and vegetables.
Eat & Drink at the George and Dragon
The George and Dragon is a free house in the heart of Quainton. It offers a warm, friendly atmosphere to enjoy a relaxing drink and home-cooked food. Dating back to the 1700’s the traditional pub offers a great atmosphere indoors with quarry tiled floor, inglenook fireplaces and beams. Outside, the beer garden continues the traditional feel overlooking the village green and windmill.
Visit Quainton Windmill
Quainton Windmill is a 188-year-old mill sitting proudly above the Village Green, there are fewer than 40 working windmills in the UK, and so it is truly a sight to behold. It is open every Sunday from 10.00 to 12.30. Quainton Windmill provides an ideal opportunity for a visit along with the George & Dragon public house & restaurant, coffee shop, village store, 14th Century church and the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. Over the last seven years, a team of volunteers have completed a major restoration, and whenever possible, the sails will be operating. The mill is fortunate in having much of its original machinery throughout its six storeys, enabling grain to be ground. The owner is Colin Dancer who is a direct descendent of James Anstiss, who built the mill in 1832.
Waddesdon is also nearby, click here to see its local attractions.
Quainton Transport Links
Quainton is a small village that is served by a regular bus service to Aylesbury and Steeple Claydon. The nearest train station is Aylesbury which has fantastic links to London.
Quainton’s nearest National Rail station is Aylesbury Vale Parkway, about 5 miles away. Quainton was once linked to London by train from Quainton Road station to Marylebone and Baker Street; in the opposite direction, travel was available to Rugby, Verney Junction and elsewhere. Passenger services ceased in 1963, but trains from Aylesbury run to connect with events at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road station on some Bank Holidays. The station was also once a junction for the light railway (closed in 1936), sometimes known as the Brill Tramway, connecting Quainton with Brill.
Quainton is served by Arriva’s 16 service between Aylesbury and Steeple Claydon via Aylesbury Vale Parkway station. There are nine buses daily in each direction on Mondays to Fridays and a reduced service on Saturdays.