This enchanting venue is used by APAC for the Certificate
in Therapeutic Play and Diploma in Play Therapy
courses. It is easily accessible by road and rail from East
Anglia, North and East London, Birmingham, the Midlands,
Buckinghamshire, Herts, Essex and Northamptonshire.
enquiries regarding the course must be made direct to APAC - 01825
The Towers is located on Buckden High Street, close to the A I, about 60 miles north
of London and two miles south of the AI/AI4 interchange. Peterborough,
Cambridge and Bedford are each about 20 miles away.
By train: The
nearest railway stations are Huntingdon and St Neots which are both on
the East Coast mainline.
The Main House
Fifteen bedrooms in the Main House have
recently been refurbished and upgraded and can sleep a maximum of 30
people. They can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast or full- board basis.
Most are twin-bedded rooms but there are also several family rooms and
two single rooms. In addition guests have use of a sitting room and
The Main House is a Victorian mansion built in 1872. It retains a wealth
of original features, especially in the ground floor function rooms
which can be hired for a variety of corporate and social events.
The Inner Gatehouse There are four apartments which can
accommodate between two and four persons each. Each apartment is fully
equipped with self-catering facilities.
The Inner Gatehouse was completed in 1480 and is one of the earliest
surviving brick-built buildings in the East of England.
The Great Tower
The dormitories in the Great Tower can
accommodate up to 40 people and are arranged on two floors each with its
own toilets and showers. There are also four single rooms for
teachers/group leaders. On the ground floor is a large activity room,
while the basement contains a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and
is owned by the Claretian Missionaries. In addition to its other
activities it is a place for retreat, welcoming people of all faiths or
Set in its own
fifteen acre estate, Buckden Towers offers seclusion and tranquillity at
an accessible location. A beautiful collection of buildings from diverse
historical periods is surrounded by a variety of gardens and natural
features including the Tudor Knot Garden, the lake, a woodland walk.
pasture and lawns.
Buckden Village and Beyond
As a staging
post on the Great North Road, Buckden has played host to visitors for
centuries. Several inns dating back to the heyday of coaching and beyond
still offer hospitality and fine food.
Just a mile east
of the village, the River Ouse flows through the Buckden Marina complex,
while to the west is Grafham Water with its nature reserves and
facilities for sailing, cycling and walking. Further afield, Cambridge
and Bedford are each about 20 miles distant, while the lovely rolling
countryside of Northamptonshire with its unspoilt villages and historic
houses is near at hand.