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Aylesbury Basin

The Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal is a great starting point for family walks and to see the bustle of life at the water's edge. The Aylesbury Arm used to transport grain, timber, coal and building materials until the 1960s.

General information

Address: Waterside, Exchange Street, Aylesbury

Visit time: half day plus

Parking: The nearest parking is available by the supermarket and Waterside Theatre

Toilets: The nearest toilets are in the supermarket but there are also some in the town centre

Free visitor guide

Great for

Threatened with closure, a team of canal enthusiasts worked hard to keep it open and encourage recreational use of the canal. Today, their dedication has paid off with a new marina located just outside of Aylesbury. Aylesbury is home to over 60 restaurants, cafes and bars so you'll not be short of places to sit and watch the world go by. If you're interested in the town's architectural history, the Heritage Walk is a self-guided walk that will have you walking all over town.

  • Cycling
  • Walking


Aylesbury is a busy place and there are lots to do and see. It's a bustling market town steeped in history and heritage, but contains modern buildings and three main shopping centres and independent shops too. 

You may also be interested in the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, The Waterside Theatre, Buckinghamshire County Museum and the Circus Field Marina.

Spot a boat

A good place to see boats especially in the summer, but you could always take a short walk along the towpath to Circus Field Marina where there are lots of boats and a wet and dry dock.


Boat trips

Picnic spot

The nearest picnic spot to the canal is the Green Flag award-winning Vale Park. This contemporary park is not only beautiful but home to a play area, tennis courts and large open picnic areas. A perfect spot for stopping and enjoying the surroundings.


You may see:

  • Ducks
  • Herons
  • Coots
  • Moorhens
  • Mute Swans
  • Canada geese