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Aylesbury Basin


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Planning your visit

Address: Waterside, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1AL

Opening times: Towpath is open every day

Price: Once you've parked, it's free

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

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.

Threatened with closure, a team of canal enthusiasts worked hard to keep it open. Today, their dedication has paid off with a new marina just outside of Aylesbury. Just a short walk along the towpath, Circus Field Marina is home to lotsĀ of boats and a wet and dry dock.

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.

Things to do and see

Take to the towpath:

Places to eat:

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

Wildlife spotting:

This maybe a busy town, but download our free nature spotter's guide and get spotting ducks, herons, coots and mute swans

Getting here

By car - the nearest parking is available by the supermarket and Waterside Theatre

By train - Aylesbury Station is a seven minute walk to the basin

By boat - we have some permanent moorings with boater facilies in the basin

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