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With so many places to visit in Berkshire, you can easily forget you're right on London’s doorstep. Just 45 minutes by train from London, you'll discover a wealth of towns, villages and countryside to explore, making this county the perfect antidote to UK city life.  A county with unique connections to the British Royal Family, where you will find the River Thames meandering along its northern edge and beautiful parks and gardens ablaze with colour. 

The North Wessex Downs (AONB) to the west of the county, a rich mosaic of chalk habitat, woodland, pastures and common land and the world famous historic town of Windsor to the east.  You'll find a year round events calendar, along with vibrant riverside towns of Reading and Maidenhead, the famous college of Eton and the place where the historic Magna Carta was signed.  Today this romantic county offers the perfect escape from the everyday, combining royal heritage, a slice of luxury with the great outdoors.  To get the most out of your stay, start planning your days out in Berkshire here.

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Windsor , Berkshire, the weekend home of the British Royal family, home to the iconic Windsor Castle, the world famous long walk and the beautiful Windsor Great Park.  With history and heritage at every turn, beautiful parks and gardens, riverside walks and great shopping, this beautiful historic town makes for a great South East short break destination.

Berkshire is the birthplace of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, raised in the quaint village of Buckleberry where her parents’ home is still located today. It was in the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire where she spent her school days at St Andrew’s School. Situated on the River Thames, Pangbourne has been cited as the inspiration of many famous authors’ novels including Kenneth Grahame and Jerome K. Jerome.  Full of character, Pangbourne is a great place to visit.

Vibrant Reading , Berkshire, a modern destination with a medieval history, packed full of in or on the water activities, adrenaline fuled attractions, rich history and great places to stay.  Located on the River Thames it is home to the 900 year old Reading Abbey ruins, the Reading Festival, and the departure point for modern pilgrims and walkers retracing the steps of medieval pilgrims along St James’ Way to Southampton.  

Berkshire is also home to many other picturesque towns and villages such as  Newbury , Hungerford ,  Ascot , Hurley, Cookham, Bray, Littlewick Green, and Waltham St Lawrence. Find out more about towns and villages in the county with our interactive map of Berkshire .

Things to do in Berkshire this weekend

Many of Berkshire's tourist attractions are open all year round so find the best days out in Berkshire with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Or why not browse our Berkshire events guide to find out what's on this week.

Top 10 things to do in Berkshire

For things to do in Reading, Newbury, Maidenhead , Bracknell and other Berkshire towns, browse our pick of the best attractions below or find a more comprehensive list of what to do and places to visit at the bottom of the page.

  • The Savill Garden , Windsor
  • Windsor Castle and the Changing of the Guard , Windsor
  • Thames Rivercruise Boat Trips , Caversham
  • Kennet Horse Boat Company , Hungerford
  • Kris Cruises , Slough
  • Newbury Racecourse , Newbury
  • Norden Farm Centre for the Arts , Maidenhead
  • The Coconut Tree , Reading
  • Ascot Racecourse , Windsor
  • Museum of Rural Life , Reading

List of things to do & places to visit for days out in Berkshire

For more about Berkshire, including ideas on days out, where to stay and things to do in Berkshire, browse through the below selection of attractions and towns and villages that collectively make Berkshire such a memorable destination to visit. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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Streatley

Streatley-on-Thames

The village of Streatley-on-Thames stands on the opposite side of the River Thames to Goring; Oxfordshire on one side and West Berkshire on the other, linked by a bridge which was built in 1923

Novello Theatre, Sunninghill

Sunninghill

Sunninghill means 'the home of Sunna’s people'. Most of the development around the large country houses of the 18th century was accelerated by the discovery of health-giving salt springs and rapidly increased with the advent of the railway in 1841.…

Thatcham

Thatcham is a town in the historic county of Berkshire and is situated just three miles east of Newbury.

The Coconut Tree

The Coconut Tree

Vegan Friendly

Experience an explosion of flavours in our vegetables, meats & fish along with sweet & fiery Cocktails… a naturally abundant vegan & vegetarian cuisine. INTRO YOUR CREW’ TO SRI LANKAN SREET FOOD 50% off every Mon-Wed: INTRO YOUR CREW *eat in only.…

The Reading Room

The Reading Room

Opened in 2020, The Reading Room at the Roseate Hotel Reading  offers delicious modern cuisine revolving around the freshest, seasonal ingredients and best of British produce from Executive Chef Rajesh Maharjan.

Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company

Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company

Here at the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company, we like to make your day out one to remember. We operate a beautiful vessel called the Georgian, which is more like a floating restaurant rather than a boat that you might expect. We offer four types of…

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While the magnificent Windsor Castle is this majestic town's main attraction, don't miss the tranquil Savill Garden, or the family-friendly Legoland just a short drive away.

Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

Museum of English Rural Life

The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) is England’s most extensive museum dedicated to farming, food, craft, rural life and countryside issues.

Woodley is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Wokingham, Berkshire, England

Woodley is a town and civil parish in Berkshire, England. It is a suburb of Reading and is located near the towns of Earley and Wokingham.

Crowthorne

Crownthorne

Crowthorne is a village and civil parish in the Bracknell Forest district of south-eastern Berkshire.

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Greenham and Crookham Common

Nature Reserve

After many years as a military site, Greenham and Crookham Common has been restored and reopened to the public. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and cattle and Exmoor ponies graze here.

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse

Sports Ground

Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out. The highlight is Royal Ascot in June with five days of tradition, pageantry and style. Outside of Royal Ascot spectacular racing takes place throughout the year.

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Thames Rivercruise

Caversham, Reading

Thames River Cruise was established in 1974 when it all started very simply with one small open launch operating from Caversham to Mapledurham.

Things have moved on considerably. All our vessels are of the finest standing on the Upper Thames and…

River Thames, Windsor and Maidenhead

River Thames, Windsor and Maidenhead

Throughout history people have tended to live on or near great rivers. This is true of the River Thames and as it flows into the west of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

The National Animal Welfare Trust

The National Animal Welfare Trust

Set in 10 acres of farmland on the edge of the Lambourn Downs, Trindledown Farm is dedicated exclusively to caring for those animals enjoying the twilight years of their lives. Our centre is home to both field animals and domestic pets. Elderly…

Horton

Despite the rather unfortunate Saxon meaning of its name, Hor-tun or 'Dirty Farm', the village today is a clean and wholesome place clustered around its small triangular green, but with more modern houses on the roads to Wraysbury and Colnbrook.The…

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Wokingham is a market town and civil parish in Berkshire It is about 7 miles east-southeast of Reading and 4 miles west of Bracknell.

Sunningdale

Sunningdale

In the southeastern corner of the Royal Borough, Sunningdale borders the county of Surrey and until 1894 was included within the parish of Old Windsor. As in neighbouring Ascot and Sunninghill, the area is noted for its fine displays of trees and…

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St Thomas' Church

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Alabaster nobles and wall paintings in a rural idyll.

This simple little church, with pre-Norman origins, stands in an idyllic spot beside a water meadow next to the River Lambourn.

Its village has long since vanished, but the spirit of the…

Water Parks and Theme Parks in Berkshire

Coral Reef Bracknell's Water World

Adventure Park / Playground

Find out why this has become one of Berkshire's most popular attractions with with 3 giant water slides, pirate ship, erupting volcano and water rapids.

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Places to visit in Berkshire

Visit Berkshire for castle estates set in oak-lined deer parks and picturesque country downs with grazing horses. There's something regal about Berkshire. Dress to impress with top hat and tails on royal race days. You'll see the training yards and gallops in the Berkshire Downs and Lamborne on your country rambles. Drop into bustling Reading for sporting fixes from football to rowing and half marathons. Pack wellies and tents for rock festival season. The chalk ridgeways, meandering rivers and downs make for great walks. Get your bearings of this south eastern county from the summit of Walbury Hill, a former Iron Age camp. Top places to visit in Berkshire include Windsor Castle, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Highclere Castle and the scrumptious Fudge Kitchen.

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24 hours in Windsor

A sprawling royal town with elegant landmarks and riverside pubs, Windsor is so much more than just Legoland.

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Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Discover a country house in Berkshire with a chequered past.

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

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See the changing of the Guards at Windsor

If there’s one essential experience in Windsor, it’s taking in the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. This tradition brings history and the public together.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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June events: Enjoy a flutter on the horses at Royal Ascot

Enjoy a quintessentially British day out at Royal Ascot – a highlight of the summer social calendar and one of the most exciting events of the year.

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

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See London in miniature at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

See the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge made entirely of LEGO in the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort's Miniland attraction.

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See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

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Investigate The Most Noble Order of the Garter in Windsor

The Knights of the Garter, the most senior and oldest British order of Chivalry, has its colourful and historical base at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

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Head to Royal Windsor for a truly memorable heritage break

Discover a rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun on a short break in Royal Windsor.

Location: The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Berkshire

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Enjoy Afternoon Tea with a twist in Windsor

Indulge in the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea from a wooden river boat, or whilst dressed in your best vintage clobber this spring.

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15 Best Things To Do In Berkshire, England

Welcome to Berkshire, England, a place full of history, culture, and adventure! From the majestic Windsor Castle to the ruins of Donnington Castle, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful county. I’m here to tell you about the 15 best things to do in Berkshire – so grab your walking shoes and let’s explore!

From boat trips on the River Thames to picnics in Ashdown Forest, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more cultural, check out the Tate Gallery at Cliveden or the Stone Circle at Avebury. There’s also plenty to explore in the historic town of Marlow, and the Cotswolds are a great place to take in the countryside. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something to do in Berkshire – so let’s get started!

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Visit Windsor Castle

Round Tower, Windsor Castle

Taking a tour of Windsor Castle is a must-do if you’re visiting Berkshire, England; it’s a great way to learn about the region’s rich history!

Located in the borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been the home of the British royal family for almost 1,000 years.

The castle is definitely worth a visit; it’s a stunning example of traditional architecture, with a number of fascinating features, including the Round Tower, the Grand Reception Room, and St. George’s Chapel.

You can explore the State Apartments, the Semi-State Rooms, and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – one of the most impressive miniature houses ever made.

There’s also a beautiful garden, with plenty of opportunities to take some amazing photos.

Plus, you can learn about the rich history of the castle, from its time as a royal residence to its use as a military base.

So, if you’re looking for a unique and memorable experience, a visit to Windsor Castle is the perfect way to experience the rich heritage of Berkshire, England.

Explore the Ruins of Donnington Castle

Donnington Castle gatehouse

Explore the fascinating ruins of Donnington Castle and unlock its rich history! Built in the late 14th century by Richard Abberbury, Donnington Castle stands as one of Berkshire’s most historic attractions. Located on the outskirts of Newbury, the castle boasts stunning views of the nearby countryside.

Visitors can explore the ruins of the castle, taking in the fascinating history and architecture of the walls, towers, and gatehouse, all of which are still standing today. Inside, visitors can find the remains of a great hall, chapel, and several other buildings, as well as a large, grassy courtyard.

Donnington Castle is also home to some of the most interesting artifacts and artwork from the Middle Ages. The castle’s walls are adorned with stunning tapestries, paintings, and other artworks, including a 15th-century painting of Richard III. Visitors can also explore the nearby dungeons, which feature a number of fascinating artifacts from the time of the castle’s construction.

In addition, visitors can take part in a variety of activities, such as candlelit dinners, guided tours, and re-enactments of historic battles. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a day of exploration, Donnington Castle is sure to provide a memorable experience.

Take a Boat Trip on the River Thames

Boats on the River Thames

Experience the serene beauty of the River Thames with a boat trip along its tranquil waters.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon on the river or an adventurous day out, there’s something for everyone.

From small boats to full-size river cruises, there’s a range of options to suit every budget.

Take a leisurely paddleboat ride and take in the stunning scenery of the Thames Valley, or go for an exhilarating speedboat ride and enjoy the thrill of cutting through the waves.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience.

You can choose to explore the river on your own or join a guided tour.

There are a variety of tour companies who offer boat trips along the Thames, taking you to historical sites, providing commentary on the area’s rich history, and pointing out wildlife along the way.

From the picturesque village of Bray to the vibrant city of Reading, take in the beauty and tranquility of the river as you cruise along.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of gliding through the water, so don’t miss out on this amazing experience.

Check Out the Tate Gallery at Cliveden

Take a break from the river and marvel at the spectacular works of art at Cliveden’s Tate Gallery.

Set in the grounds of Cliveden House, an 18th-century estate surrounded by stunning gardens, the Tate Gallery is a great place to explore the many different artworks on display.

From the works of the Pre-Raphaelites to modern masters, the gallery offers something for everyone.

The exhibits are constantly changing and evolving, so there is always something new to discover.

Visitors can also take part in guided tours, listen to talks, and attend special events, such as workshops and family activities.

With so much to see and do, the Tate Gallery at Cliveden is a must-visit destination for art lovers.

Tour Highclere Castle

Immerse yourself in history at Highclere Castle, an iconic Victorian-era estate located in Berkshire, England. Built in the early 19th century, the castle is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and has been featured in a number of films and television shows.

As you tour the castle, you can explore the many rooms and gardens filled with stunning artwork and antiques. Stroll through the grand halls and corridors, marveling at the intricate woodwork and ornate decorations.

The grounds are also a sight to behold, with lush gardens and sprawling lawns that provide the perfect backdrop for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. During your visit, you can take a guided tour of the castle and learn about its fascinating history.

You can also visit the on-site café for a bite to eat and a cup of tea, and pick up some souvenirs from the gift shop. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for an interesting day out, Highclere Castle is sure to provide a memorable experience.

Explore the Town of Hungerford

Discover the picturesque town of Hungerford, located in the countryside of Berkshire, England.

Stroll along its cobblestone streets and admire the charming Tudor buildings, traditional pubs, and independent shops. It’s the perfect place to experience quintessential English countryside life.

Take a stroll down its main street, and take in the sights and sounds of the local community.

Explore the local boutiques for unique gifts, or take a break from shopping with a visit to one of Hungerford’s traditional pubs. The pubs are a great place to relax and chat with the locals.

There’s also plenty of history to explore in Hungerford. Visit the local museum to learn more about the town’s history, or take a guided tour to get an even deeper understanding of the area.

Hungerford is a great destination for a day trip, offering a unique experience of rural life in England.

See the Historic Town of Newbury

After a delightful exploration of Hungerford, I set off to check out the historic town of Newbury. It is located in the center of Berkshire, England and is an easy drive from Hungerford.

Newbury is known for its many historic sites, such as the Newbury Racecourse, which is the oldest racecourse in the country. The town is also home to the picturesque Highclere Castle, which is featured in the popular TV series, Downton Abbey.

The town of Newbury is a great place to explore. There is plenty to see and do, such as shopping in the unique boutiques, browsing the antique shops, or strolling along the River Kennet. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the town and offers a peaceful walk along the scenic towpath.

There are also several historic monuments and buildings to visit, such as Donnington Castle and the West Berkshire Museum. In addition, the town hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Newbury Spring Festival and the Newbury Real Ale Festival.

Newbury is the perfect spot for a day trip or weekend getaway to experience the best of what Berkshire, England has to offer.

Go Shopping in Reading

For a great shopping experience, head to Reading – a vibrant city in Berkshire, England. Whether you’re looking for something special or just want to window shop, you won’t be disappointed.

Reading’s Oracle Shopping Centre has a wide variety of stores, including high street favourites like Topshop, Zara, and River Island. It also has a number of independent stores selling unique items and souvenirs. The Oracle is a great place to pick up some great bargains – there’s often a sale or two going on.

If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, head to the historic Broad Street. Here, you’ll find a mix of high-end and vintage stores, as well as plenty of pubs, cafes, and restaurants. There’s also the traditional covered market, where you can find local produce and handmade crafts.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something special in Reading.

Hike the Ridgeway Path

After a day of shopping in Reading, it’s time to explore the outdoors! One of the best things to do in Berkshire, England, is to hike the Ridgeway Path.

This ancient path has been in use since prehistoric times and is now designated as a National Trail. It’s 87 miles long and stretches from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of rolling fields, woodlands, and hills. The trail meanders through ancient sites such as the Uffington White Horse and Wayland’s Smithy, as well as a number of charming villages.

You can tackle the entire path in one go, or break it into sections and take your time. It’s a great way to explore the beautiful countryside of Berkshire and enjoy some fresh air!

Visit the National Trust Properties at Basildon Park and Basildon House

Head to Basildon Park and Basildon House for a fun day out!

These two National Trust properties are situated in the village of Basildon, located on the outskirts of Reading.

The impressive Georgian mansion at Basildon Park dates back to 1776, while Basildon House was built in the 16th century.

Visitors can explore the gardens, take a guided tour of the house, and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.

For the kids, there is a nature trail and an adventure playground.

So why not spend a day in Basildon for a truly memorable experience!

Make sure you don’t miss out on the stunning views, historic architecture, and plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Go Bird Watching at the Berkshire Downs

Explore the Berkshire Downs and experience the beauty of nature as you go bird watching! Take in the stunning scenery and marvel at the array of species in their natural habitat.

Enjoy the tranquility of the area as you discover new species of birds like the Kingfisher, Skylark, or even the rare Red Kite. With a pair of binoculars and a bird book in hand, you can easily spot the different birds in their own habitats.

Depending on the season, you can witness the majestic flight of a flock of geese, or the loud and colorful song of the nightingale.

Look out for the resident birds of prey like the Buzzard, as they soar overhead in search of their next meal.

Bird watching in the Berkshire Downs is a truly unique and unforgettable experience that will make you appreciate the beauty of nature.

Visit the Cotswolds

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Cotswolds, an area of England that’s renowned for its stunning rolling hills, idyllic countryside, and charming villages.

A visit to the Cotswolds is a must when visiting Berkshire.

Explore the picturesque villages, each with its own unique character, and discover the local culture and traditions.

Take in the stunning views of the countryside, from rolling hills to vast meadows and fields.

Visit the local pubs for a pint of ale or a cup of tea, and sample some of the delicious local cuisine.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the countryside, or take a bike ride along the winding roads.

The Cotswolds has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to relax, explore, or simply enjoy the scenery.

From historic churches and castles to quaint tea rooms and traditional gardens, the Cotswolds is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

See the Stone Circle at Avebury

Experience the ancient mystery of Avebury, a Stone Age circle of standing stones located in the Cotswolds, and marvel at the incredible history and beauty of this sacred site.

A truly awe-inspiring sight, the Avebury stone circle is one of the largest and most impressive of its kind in Europe. Not only is it the largest stone circle in the world – it’s also thought to be one of the oldest.

Built by Neolithic people thousands of years ago, this impressive circle has been standing for over 4,000 years. The stones were carefully placed in an outer circle, and arranged in two inner circles, surrounded by a ditch and bank. It is an incredible feat of engineering, and a testament to the skill of the ancient people who built it.

Walking around the stones, you can feel the energy and mystery of this ancient site, and imagine the rituals and ceremonies that took place here. It is a wonderful experience and a must-see for anyone visiting the Cotswolds.

Visit the Historic Town of Marlow

Nestled in the heart of Berkshire, Marlow is a charming historic town full of character and charm. With its picturesque riverfront and quaint cobbled streets, Marlow is the perfect place to spend a day exploring its rich history.

The town is home to a variety of notable landmarks, including the iconic Marlow Suspension Bridge and the Church of St Peter. Visitors can also explore the Marlow Museum, which showcases the town’s fascinating past with exhibits of local artifacts and art.

Marlow is also a great destination for shopping, with many independent boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. Whether you’re looking for a unique souvenir or an interesting piece of art, there’s something to suit every taste.

After a day of exploring, visitors can relax and enjoy a spot of tea in one of the town’s lovely tearooms. With its beautiful scenery and wealth of culture, Marlow is an ideal destination for a day of sightseeing and relaxation.

Enjoy a Picnic at Ashdown Forest

Spend a day at Ashdown Forest and enjoy an idyllic picnic surrounded by nature. Ashdown Forest is one of the largest areas of open heathland in Southern England, located in East Sussex.

It is best known as the home of the famous Winnie the Pooh stories, and the Hundred Acre Wood is a popular attraction here. The area is a great place to have a picnic, as it offers stunning views of the English countryside, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.

You can take a leisurely walk through the lush grasslands and woods, or explore the many trails and paths. There are plenty of spots to stop and take in the views, and plenty of wildlife to observe. The forest is also home to a variety of wildflowers and plants, and has a wide range of bird life.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot a deer or two. With all the beauty and serenity that Ashdown Forest has to offer, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic and soak in the natural beauty of England.

It’s been an amazing day exploring the best of what Berkshire has to offer.

From marvelling at the grandeur of Windsor Castle to exploring the ruins of Donnington Castle, there’s something for everyone.

A boat trip on the River Thames is a must, and the Tate Gallery at Cliveden is sure to impress.

Highclere Castle is a sight to behold, and the Cotswolds, Stone Circle at Avebury, and the historic town of Marlow are all worth exploring.

To top it off, a picnic in Ashdown Forest is a perfect way to end the day.

The best of Berkshire is here, and it’s absolutely worth the visit.

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33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Most visitors to England come to Berkshire to visit the Queen’s Royal residence Windsor Castle and although Berkshire is considered a Royal County it would be a shame to miss some of the best things to see in Berkshire because it is a county full of history, incredible landscapes, and stunning architecture.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

The county town is Reading which is ideally located to explore the Great West Way, the Chilterns , Silchester Roman City walls , the Thames Path or nearby Windsor , Henley or Oxford.

Historically, the English county of Berkshire has been bordered to the north by the ancient boundary of the River Thames. However, much of the border with Oxfordshire in the western part of the county was moved in 1974. This does lead to some confusion when exploring Berkshire as several sites that were in Berkshire are now considered to be in Oxfordshire.

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The county is one of the oldest in England. It is believed that it dates back to 848 when King Cenwalh granted “three thousand hides by Ashdown” to Cuthred his kinsman. The county is first mentioned by name in 860 and the name was probably originally Bearroc which means hilly and was related to a large forest that used to take up most of the County. Berkshire was alternately claimed by the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex and it was in Wantage which is now in Oxfordshire that Alfred the Great was born in 848.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

With the Norman Conquest of 1066 , the Thames River Valley became a strategically valuable site and William the Conqueror built the first Windsor Castle on the River Thames. The castle has been home to British royalty for over 1000 years.

During the middle ages, Abingdon and Wallingford were in Berkshire and they were the leading towns of the area. Berkshire England is also home to Eton College, England’s best-known boys’ school, endowed by Henry VI and dates in part from the 15th century.

Berkshire borders six other counties: Hampshire directly to the south; Surrey to the southeast; Wiltshire to the southwest ; Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, which lie to the north, across the Thames; and Gloucestershire.

How to get to Berkshire

If you drive from Heathrow Airport to Berkshire it will take you around 45 minutes. It’s not a bad drive although around the airport can be quite scary but no worse than Toronto Airport or any other major airport around the world.

If you don’t have a car, the easiest – and cheapest – way to get to or from Heathrow is by bus or coach. Reading Buses runs a service from Bracknell and Slough to Heathrow. The 703 bus travels from Bracknell to Terminal 5 via Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, Winkfield, Legoland, Windsor and Langley. Buses to the airport run from 4.40 am to 9.05 pm, every day of the week.

Trains in Berkshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Reading Station has services between Reading and London Paddington station with a journey time of 30 minutes. There are also services to Bristol, Bath, Cardiff Bournemouth and Oxford. Manchester, London and Liverpool.

There are so many amazing things to do in Berkshire, and it is well worth getting out of London and visiting. From historic sites to cultural events, fine English manor houses, ancient Neolithic monuments to gorgeous villages Berkshire has it all. You’ll also find a wide range of family activities and perfect days out for kids. There’s Legoland, Wellington Country Park, Beale Wildlife Park, Go Ape Bracknell a forest adventure and loads of adventures and activities on Bray Lake.

Berkshire is filled with beautiful villages that make for an enjoyable holiday, whether you’re looking for something with high-end offerings or something more quaint and charming. You can find an ideal village destination for your holiday when you search along the banks of the River Thames, which is home to numerous English villages and market towns.

RIVER THAMES, WINDSOR, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 2018: Scenic view of a person feeding swans and geese on the riverbank of the River Thames near Windsor

Thanks to the county’s boundaries being changed in 1974 many of the sites and monuments that were originally in the Royal County of Berkshire are now in different counties. For example, Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey was in Berkshire but now is in Hampshire. Even the British can’t keep it straight.

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Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the entire world and has been around for over 1000 years. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. This was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s favourite place to spend time and if she wasn’t in Buckingham Palace or Scotland she was here. You know when the royal family is in residence as the flag will be flown from the towers.

Garden in the Windsor Castle

Windsor Great Park is a beautiful green space of over 4,800 acres. This is where the Kings and Queens of England used to hunt, fish and ride their horses. There is a herd of red Deer, loads of walking paths, gardens, a lake and a bridleway.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Although the centrepiece of Windsor is the great Windsor Castle there is actually a lot more to see and things to do in Windsor than you realize and it’s a charming small town nestled beside the Thames River in Berkshire.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Just outside the castle stands the iconic statue of Queen Victoria looking over the Royal Town. Wander down to the River where you can take a cruise down the Thames and pass by Ascot, and Eton College. Feed the swans and learn all about the royal swans of Windsor.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

The ancient tradition of ‘Swan Upping’ is carried out each year on the river, under the Shadow of Windsor Castle. The tradition dates back to the 12th-c when the crown claimed ownership of all the swans in the country.

In medieval times swans were served at royal banquets and feasts and often were the centrepiece of royal dinners. Fortunately, swans are no longer eaten by royalty and these days Swan Upping is an annual census that consists of rounding up the swans to collect data and assessing the health of the birds. The Swans have their own protector on the Thames (Queen’s Swan Marker), who is responsible for their protection and conservation.

5 June 2019: Windsor, UK - Swans and Canada Geese on the River Thames

You have probably heard of Frogmore as it was the contentious home of Harry and Meghan before they moved out of England.

Frogmore Cottage is located in Windsor Great Park about a mile from the castle and can be visited by tourists. Queen Charlotte purchased the house in the 1800s and the house was a favourite of Queen Victoria her mother lived there for over 20 years.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

You can see Queen Charlotte’s passion for botany reflected in both the house and the gardens where flower paintings by Mary Moser decorate one of the rooms. The Cross Gallery was painted with garlands by Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte.

Queen Victoria often visited Frogmore during her long widowhood and worked on her papers there. You can also see watercolours by her daughters, Princess Victoria and Louise in the house.

The historic plantings, including tulip trees and redwoods, provide a rich setting for the garden’s seasonal variations. An 18th-century summerhouse in the form of a Gothic ruin is covered in wisteria in the summer, and a teahouse made for Queen Victoria are both still standing.

The Savill Garden sits in the heart of Windsor Great Park and it is one of the great ornamental gardens of England, designed by Sir Eric Savill, who was commissioned by King George V and his Queen Mary. Within the garden, you can visit the Queen Elizabeth II Temperate House, the Golden Jubilee Garden, and the Rose Garden opened by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2010. The Savill Garden covers 35 acres and contains distinctive interlocking gardens including the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

One of Britain’s most well-known racecourses, Ascot holds a special week of races in June each year called Royal Ascot, attended by The Queen, who has had an interest in horses since childhood.

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - Aug 26, 2016: The Red Bull Air Race in Ascot, UK

Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs. The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911.

A Down is a grass-covered hill and in southern England, they are mainly composed of chalk. The name comes from the Old English dūn which means hill. The main areas of chalk downs lie in Berkshire, Wiltshire, and northern Hampshire. Chalk hills of a similar type are called Wolds in Lincolnshire and in Yorkshire.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Prehistoric sites in the Berkshire Downs include Wayland’s Smithy (Neolithic), numerous tumuli (Neolithic or Bronze Age), the Uffington White Horse which is actually considered to be in Oxfordshire now.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

The Berkshire Downs contained many prehistoric settlements that were linked by ancient ridgeways which led from Wiltshire along the chalk ridge of the Berkshire Downs to the River Thames at the Goring Gap, part of the Icknield Way. Settlements uncovered in the river valleys and eastern Berkshire also date from the Iron Age. Roman ruins have been found at Silchester, southwest of Reading, which became a Roman crossroads.

This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is a designated protected landscape. It straddles the boundaries of Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and covers an area of 668 square miles (1,730 square kilometres). Within the area of the Downs, you will find historic homes such as Highclere and Ashdown House along with natural sights such as the Avebury stones, Wayland’s Smithy, the Uffington White Horse and Silbury Hill to mention a few.

The white horse on Hackpen Hill at the Ridgeway on the Malborough Downs in the Wiltshire countryside

The Berkshire Chalk Downs form part of The Ridgeway National Trail follows the ancient Ridgeway from Overton Hill, near Avebury, and its stone circle to Streatley then follows footpaths and parts of the ancient Icknield Way through the Chiltern Hills in Berkshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. This National Trail is 87 miles (140 km) long.

Another charming English Village Pangbourne is on the Roman road from Silchester to Dorchester-on-Thames and signs of Roman occupation have been uncovered on Shooters’ Hill.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Pangbourne means Paega’s People’s Stream, which indicates that an early Anglo-Saxon chieftain of that name first lived here. The place is first recorded in a grant of land there to Bertwulf, the King of Mercia (the Midlands) in AD 844. This relaxing little village is the perfect place to stop for lunch, perhaps fish in the Thames or shop till you drop in one of its lively boutiques.

This 18th-century Bath-stone house run by the National Trust was inspired by Italian Palladian architecture. It was restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, who acquired a collection of fine furnishings and carefully selected Old Masters. Basildon Park has been used in several films and TV shows including Bridgerton and Downton Abbey the house was used as the Grantham’s home in London for Rose’s coming out ball.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

The gardens today, include a rose garden , and a formal Italianate terrace, built of large stone blocks, which enclose a formal lower lawn and give wide-ranging views over the Thames Valley hills.

Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Bisham Abbey is a Grade I listed manor house and its name is taken from the now-lost monastery which once stood alongside. This original Bisham Abbey was previously named Bisham Priory and was the traditional resting place of many Earls of Salisbury.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Bisham Manor House pronounced bizzam is currently run as a Centre of Sporting Excellence and a Conference Centre. The manor house was built around 1260 as a community house for two Knights Templar. In 1310 the building was used as a place of confinement for Queen Elizabeth of the Scots, wife of King Robert the Bruce, who had been captured on Rathlin Island of the coast of Northern Ireland during the Scottish Wars of Succession.

Henry VIII granted the manor house to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement from him, and it was later bought by the Hoby family, who lived there until 1768. Elizabeth I was a regular visitor at the time of the Hoby family.

The pretty town of Eton is located on the other side of the bank of the River Thames from Windsor and they’re connected by a bridge.

Eton, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. 2020. The Windsor and Eton bridge located between the two towns. Arched bridge made of iron and granite crossing the River Thames.

Standing on the pedestrian bridge offers beautiful views of the castle’s water edge, and a walk down will lead you to the world-famous Eton College.

Eton College Chapel in spring, UK

Also, spending time exploring the small village of Eton with its relaxing atmosphere with its art galleries, bookshops, antique shops, and a small museum take a moment to enjoy a quintessentially British dessert Eton Mess during an afternoon tea break.

Buscot Park is a late 18th-century house, set in enchanting landscaped grounds. Extensive pleasure gardens surround the late eighteenth-century house with a Four Seasons garden, water gardens and an Italianate terrace combined with English parklands. The grounds roll down to the Thames plain and incorporate the Little Lake. Buscot Park is one of those locations that was in historic Berkshire but is now in Oxfordshire. You can visit the House & Grounds for £12.00.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Another former Berkshire historic town now considered Oxfordshire . Didcot Railway is a living history museum and heaven on earth for train fanatics with over 21 acres of fascinating railway yards, steam train displays, carriages, wagons and locomotives.

The Steam Engine Didcot Railway Vintage

Highclere Castle is more of a “country house” than a castle and is built in Jacobethan style of Bath stone combined with several towers built in an Italianate style, it was completed in 1842, with a stunning park designed by Capability Brown.

The location for Downton Abbey Highclere Castle and the grounds - things to do in Berkshire

Highclere Castle is just one of the filming locations used for the fabulous Downton Abbey Series and films visiting Downton Abbey is easy and makes for a wonderful trip from Windsor. These days Highclere is located in Hampshire and not Berkshire its original location.

You may have heard of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp at the RAF Greenham base which began in 1981. The USA had located Cruise Missiles at the base and it became the focus of the anti-nuclear protests.

After realising that marches and protests alone were not going to get the missiles removed they began to stay at Greenham and blockade the base. Over 250 women joined the protest in 1982 during which 34 women were arrested and one killed. The Camp closed in 2000 and the site was turned into a Commemorative and Historic site.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

There are seven standing stones encircling the “Flame” sculpture representing a campfire. Next to this, there is a stone and steel spiral sculpture, engraved with the words “You can’t kill the Spirit”. There is also a memorial plaque for activist Helen Wyn Thomas, who was killed near the site.

Nowadays there are free-roaming cows, horses and ground-nesting birds in place of aircraft, and beautiful lakes, greenery and wooded areas to enjoy along the myriad of footpaths spanning both commons. It’s a dream for walkers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers, wildlife fanatics, and history lovers, and if you’re lucky enough to catch the sunrise on a good day, you’ll be transported to another world entirely.

Greenham Common, particularly its redundant nuclear missile bunkers, is also famous as a filming location, having most notably provided a backdrop for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in 2015.

Sonning is a quintessentially British Village where you will find several celebrities have set up home. From George and Amal Clooney to ex-Prime Minister Theresa May and Jimmy Page and even Boris Johnson lived here.

Although you can’t see Jimmy Page’s garden or house it is called Deanery Gardens. It is an Edwin Lutyens-designed house with a Gertrude Jekyll garden, well hidden by high walls apart from a good view from the top of the church tower and very private.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

There has been a mill at Sonning for many centuries. The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions three mills at ‘Sonninges and Berrochescire’. The mill closed in 1969 and remained empty until 1977. The Richards purchased the Mill and they decided to convert it into a live theatre venue.

Check out the historic Bull Inn which dates back to the 16th century it is immediately next to the church away from the river and is owned by the church. The Bull Inn, is the perfect place to enjoy a pint and a Sunday roast dinner.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

The French Horn is another great place to stay and dine in Sonning and it has provided hospitality for two hundred years. Originally, a coaching inn, it sits next to the bridge on the banks of the River Thames, which provides a stunning backdrop and wonderful views from the rooms above.

The French Horn Restaurant in Sonning Berkshire covered in Virigina Creeper

Legoland is one of England’s most famous theme parks whose attractions consist of a mixture of Lego-themed rides, models, and building workshops targeted at children between three and twelve.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

The Maidenhead Heritage Centre is a museum dedicated to regional history dating back to the Roman era. The Museum emphasizes World War I and World War II, offering high-definition photos and in-depth narrations of the men and women who fought in past century wars.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

One of the most popular exhibits is a Spitfire simulator, where you can get into the cockpit of a replica Spitfire and see what it was like to dogfight and manoeuvre.

It was at Woodley that the legendary Battle of Britain fighter pilot, Douglas Bader,  lost his legs in a flying accident in 1931. Bader was 21 at the time and was attempting some acrobatics, the crash was a result of the wing hitting the ground and causing the plane to roll.

Museum of Berkshire Aviation plane flown by Prince Phillip

The Museum’s main focus is on the Miles Aircraft, which from 1932 until the late 40s was called Reading Aerodrome. Many of the projects worked on by MLA were for the Ministry of Defense and were classified as top secret. These included black boxes, ejector seats, pressurized helmets, a flying jeep and a remote-controlled flying surveillance unit, called the Sprite.

Silchester was first dug up by the Victorians. The staff and students from Reading University have, over the years, found many incredible items including the first olive stone ever found in the UK, proving that the people were eating these delicacies long before the Romans arrived.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

They discovered little bones with marks on them that indicated puppy fur was taken to make fur cloaks, there were ritual burials of cats, dogs and ravens at the site.

In the 19th century the site, Roman Calleva Atrebatum, produced magnificent finds now on display at Reading Museum, including superb mosaics and one of the most famous Roman finds in Britain, a gilt bronze eagle which inspired the novel The Eagle of the Ninth, and the film The Eagle.”

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Reading Museum holds almost 500,000 historic objects from archaeology, art, natural history, social history, and world cultures. Including the Roman finds at Silchester and a fabulous copy of the Bayeux Tapestry.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

In medieval times, Reading was the site of a great royal Abbey that was one of the largest monasteries in Europe. In 1121, King Henry I announced that he wanted to have a new abbey built at Reading.

King Henry, I died before the Abbey was finished and was buried here in 1136 in front of the high altar. The building work continued and the Abbey Church was officially opened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, in 1164. The ceremony was attended by King Henry II (grandson of Henry I) and his retinue.

View of Reading Abbey Ruins in town centre of Reading, United Kingdom

The Abbey was the fourth largest church in Britain. It was such a large and ornate construction that the building continued for almost 200 years after the original foundation in 1121.

In 1539 Henry VIII had the abbey slighted during his Dissolution and ordered all its valuables and riches sent to him. The Abbey was converted and Abbot’s lodgings were converted into royal accommodation. Out of Henry VIII’s children, Elizabeth I was the most frequent visitor to Reading. Edward VI and Mary with her husband Prince Philip of Spain visited the palace only once.

The Living Rainforest is an indoor greenhouse tropical rainforest located in Hampstead Norreys in Berkshire, England. It is an ecological centre, educational centre and visitor attraction consisting of three glasshouses, operated and run by the Trust for Sustainable Living.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Experience the sheer beauty of this unique conservation project in 2 different rainforest climates under 20,000 sq ft of glass. A stunning collection of dramatic and rare plant species and creatures of the rainforest that thrive in tropical temperatures.

The imposing 14th-century gatehouse of Donnington Castle stands on the crest of a high hill overlooking the Lambourn Valley, across the river from the market town of Newbury. The castle was built in 1386 by Sir Richard Abberbury to control a major road junction and river crossing.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

The most famous owner of Donnington was Thomas Chaucer, son of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who held the castle in the early 15th century. Ownership later passed to the crown, and several monarchs are known to have stayed here, including Henry VIII (1539) and his daughter Elizabeth I (1568).

Cliveden sits on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire and it is an English Manor House dating back over 350 years. These days it is a hotel and you can tour the gardens and grounds and see the ancient stone clocktower.

Cliveden has often been used for entertainment and for filmmaking. In 1965 the Beatles filmed part of ‘Help’ the movie at the house and famously held races on the Parterre between themselves and the film crew in-between scenes.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Newbury Racecourse was founded in the 18th century and hosts races all year round. A championship racecourse for over 100 years the races include chase and hurdles, and flats.

Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom - May 22 2022: Aerial view over Newbury Racecourse

Wellington Country Park is a country park in Riseley, near Reading. The park consists of 350 acres of coniferous and deciduous woodlands with attractions, several nature trails, and a lake. Perfect for kids up to 8 years old the park contains an Animal Farm, Arthur, a Miniature Railway a splash zone, mini jeeps to drive a dinosaur zone and many more fun activities for kids.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Another beautiful town on the bank of the Thames River. It’s a sleepy 16rh century village whose only landmark is the ancient flint church, but Bray holds two of Britain’s 3-star Michelin restaurants and is a picturesque way to enjoy some fine dining and walk the lanes full of flower-filled gardens.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

A really cool way to cruise the River Thames. The Kennet Horse Boat Company has all kinds of river cruises that are horse-drawn. You can cruise the Thames or the Kennet and Avon Canal. Enjoy a romantic cruise , a dinner cruise or simply a cruise to see the sites.

33 beautiful places to visit in Berkshire, England

Berkshire has several ancient and important military institutions, including the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The Royal Military Academy organizes historical tours every year where you can immerse yourself in the history of the place. Military training has taken place here for over 200 years since 1812 and you can visit rooms where Winston Churchill, HRH Prince of Wales, King Charles and King Abdullah II of Jordan have trained to become officers.

Wing of the Victorian New College buildings at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst where officers for the British Army are trained.

Berkshire is a beautiful county in England that offers a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors. From exploring the historic Windsor Castle to take a stroll along the River Thames, there is something for everyone here. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures or cultural experiences, you will find plenty of options in this charming region. So, if you’re planning a trip to England anytime soon, be sure to add Berkshire to your itinerary – it’s definitely worth a visit.

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10 Best Things to Do in Berkshire

What is berkshire most famous for.

If you haven’t discovered these amazing things to do in Berkshire, you are missing out. History and culture await you at historic English manors and royal theatres staging classic live productions. Head into the Berkshire countryside to find plenty of green areas and some tropical beauty to enjoy. 

You'll find a wide range of family activities, such as Wellington Country Park, as well as destinations for a romantic evening, such as touring the Basildon Park, the mansion from 'Downton Abbey'.

Newbury Racecourse

See a race and grab a pint.

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With races held year-round, Newbury Racecourse is a great destination for a bit of fun and healthy wagering no matter when you take your holiday. Many events are free to the public, and you can come to enjoy the incredible spectacle and sip a cold pint. 

Newbury has been the spot for racing in Berkshire for over 200 years, and Newbury Racecourse has been a championship racecourse for over 100 years. Dozens of notable races take place each year, including flat, chase and hurdle, so don’t hesitate to include Newbury Racecourse in your holiday plans.

Location: Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Rd, Newbury RG14 7NZ, UK

Open: Hours vary according to events

Phone: +44 (0)1635 40015

Cliveden Estate

Explore a historic manor dating back over 350 years.

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One of the most brilliant places to spend a few days when you are visiting Berkshire is the Cliveden Estate. Also known as the Cliveden House, this historic English manor has been an architectural icon of the region for over 350 years. 

It's operational as a hotel nowadays, and you can tour the grounds to witness the beauty of the gardens and the architecture of the stone clocktower that have been attracting visitors year after year.

Location: Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JF, UK

Phone: +44 (0)1628 668561

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The living rainforest, visit an actual rainforest in berkshire.

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You don’t need to travel thousands of miles to a tropical climate to experience the rainforest when you can visit The Living Rainforest in Hampstead Norreys in Berkshire. Focused on educating visitors about the rainforest and promoting conservation efforts, The Living Rainforest offers the chance to see the natural habitat of fauna and flora and how it can thrive. 

With monkeys, birds, butterflies, sloths, lizards and all sorts of creepy-crawlies, The Living Rainforest is fun and exciting for kids and adults of all ages.

Location: Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham RG18 0TN, UK

Open: Open daily from 9.30 am to 4 pm

Phone: +44 (0) 1635 202444

The Savill Garden

Stroll through serene and vibrant gardens.

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For over 90 years, The Savill Garden has been bringing peace and happiness to those fortunate enough to visit. The interconnected gardens are beyond what is typically thought of as a botanical garden, and there’s a reason why it’s the hidden gem of Windsor Great Park. Each garden section is vibrantly themed to reflect British or international flora. 

Within each garden section, you might find art and sculptures depending on the season, and some have bridges that allow you a birds-eye view of the soothing sights and smells of The Garden.

Location: Wick Ln, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UJ, UK

Open: Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm

Phone: +44 (0)1753 860222

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Basildon Park

Visit an 18th-century marvel.

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The immaculate country house of Basildon Park in Lower Basildon is an 18th-century marvel of one of the most prominent families in Berkshire at the time. Nowadays, you can visit the impressively kept grounds of Basildon Park and experience the home seen in the hit show 'Downton Abbey', as well as other productions designed to capture the atmosphere of Victorian England. 

The massive manor has prominent stone columns to the front that act as an entryway and are visible from the long, winding drive. Come discover the reason that Basildon Park is a national heritage site.

Location: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, UK

Open: Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm

Phone: +44 (0)1491 672382

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Wellington Country Park

Venture through woodlands and nature trails around a serene lake.

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You and your family can enjoy the 350 acres of Wellington Country Park as you explore the forested woodlands and hike nature trails around a serene lake. You can also visit the petting zoo that has real and fanciful animals to feed and interact with. To get a unique and fun view of the park, you and your kids can take a ride on the miniature railroad that chugs its way to a miniature town. 

On hot summer days, the splash zone is the perfect way for kids to cool off as they run and leap through waterspouts and jump in the water fountains.

Location: Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP, UK

Open: Open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Phone: +44 (0)118 932 6444

Kennet Horse Boat Company

Take a scenic cruise along the river thames.

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One of the best ways to get a fun unique view of the area is to take a scenic river cruise. The River Thames is London’s most famous waterway for commerce and pleasure, and there are all types of cruises that may suit your fancy. You might take your romantic interest on a dinner cruise, or perhaps you would enjoy a cruise down the Thames to enjoy the sights with family. 

The River Thames is not the only boat trip, though, as you can check out Berkshire’s own Kennet Horse Boat Company, with its unique horse-drawn cruises on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Location: 1 Holt Rd, Kintbury, Hungerford RG17 9UY, UK

Phone: +44 (0)1488 658866

Highclere Castle

Explore a prominent example of italianate architecture.

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Built in the 19th century, the Highclere Castle harkens back to the Italianate style of architecture, with a distinct castle appeal with tall spires on each corner of the manor. 

Every detail of Highclere Castle is intricately intended, from the massive stone frame with noble insignia surrounding the iron-accented wooden front doors to the interior tower with sharply-carved, erect stone spires that contrast the peaceful country grounds. If you wanted to tour the grounds, you can easily follow the finely crushed stone paths to see the extent of the over 2,000-hectare estate.

Location: Highclere Park, Highclere, Newbury RG20 9RN, UK

Open: Open Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm

Phone: +44 (0)1635 253210

Theatre Royal Windsor

Enjoy a live show in one of the biggest venues in britain.

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You’ll find proper live entertainment at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, which has provided cultural entertainment for over 100 years. With a nice shot of the Windsor Castle, Theatre Royal Windsor gives you a fresh taste of the British stage, hosting many future hits that are later featured on London's popular West End. 

The auditorium is immaculate, with velvety red seats, prominent VIP booths and an eye-catching chandelier that's as glamorous as the on-stage performances. The exterior is unassuming, but once you walk in, you’ll see where the magic happens.

Location: 32 Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PS, UK

Open: Hours vary depending on showtimes

Phone: +44 (0)1753 853888

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Maidenhead Heritage Centre

Explore history all the way back to the roman era.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre is a museum dedicated to regional history dating back to the Roman era. Since 1993, Maidenhead Heritage Centre has provided a fun and educational look at the history and cultural contributions of Berkshire. Especially emphasising World War I and World War II, the centre offers high-definition photos and in-depth narrations of the men and women who fought for liberty over the past century. 

One of the most popular exhibits is a Spitfire simulator, where you can get into the cockpit of a replica Spitfire and see what it was like to dogfight and manoeuvre.

Location: 18 Park St, Maidenhead SL6 1SL, UK

Open: Hours may vary

Phone: +44 (0)1628 780555

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Historic Berkshire Guide

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Welcome to ‘Royal’ Berkshire, so called because Berkshire is home to Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. Built by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle has been a royal home and fortress for over 900 years. The monarch stays here every June for Royal Ascot and also to attend the service of the Order of the Garter .

Situated to the west of London, this romantic county boasts some lovely countryside. The River Thames meanders through the north of the county; towns and villages such as Pangbourne and Cookham sit prettily on its banks. For walkers, the ancient Ridgeway passes through Berkshire, and the Berkshire Downs offer many opportunities to explore.

Historic attractions in Berkshire include Shaw House and grand Highclere Castle, TV's Downton Abbey . Newbury is at the heart of England's 'Silicon Valley' and is surrounded by pretty villages such as Sonning, which enjoys a beautiful situation on the River Thames. Sonning is described by the author Jerome K. Jerome in Three Men in a Boat as "the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river".

Legoland is a great attraction for children of all ages. Beale Park near Reading is also a great day out for the family, as is the Tropical Rainforest attraction near Newbury. And adults can enjoy a flutter on the horses all year round at Newbury Racecourse.

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10 of the Best Historic Sites in Berkshire

From the resplendent windsor castle to the historic site of runnymede, berkshire is crammed with historic sites that make for an essential visit..

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The Royal County of Berkshire in southern England lies along the south bank of the River Thames. Usually regarded as one of the home counties, the prefix ‘Royal’ dates to at least the 19th century, because of the presence of the residence of the majestic Windsor Castle in the county. Berkshire has been the site of many battles throughout history, such as King Alfred the Great’s campaign against the Danes, including the Battle of Englefield, the Battle of Ashdown and the Battle of Reading.

Berkshire is crammed with a number of historic sites to boot. Among the county’s most notable sites is the stunning Highclere Castle, perhaps best known for serving as the location for the television programme Downton Abbey . Another highlight is Runnymede, known as the site of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Here’s our pick of 10 of the best historic sites that Berkshire has to offer.

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1. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world – home to over 900 years of royal history. Covering an area of approximately 13 acres, it contains a wide range of interesting features. These include the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s dolls house and the beautiful St George’s Chapel. It is also the burial place of 10 monarchs, including  Henry VIII  and his beloved wife (the one who gave him a son),  Jane Seymour .

The building of Windsor Castle began in the 1070s at the behest of  William the Conqueror , with the intent that it was to guard the western approach to London. Since that time, the structure of Windsor Castle has been embellished by many of the monarchs of England and the UK, and has been the home of 39 monarchs. Windsor Castle remains a favourite home of Queen Elizabeth, and she spends most of her weekends there. There was a huge fire at the castle in November 1992 which took 15 hours and 1.5 million gallons of water to extinguish. It began in the Private Chapel and soon spread to affect approximately one fifth of the castle. It took 5 years to restore the castle, and was finished in late 1997.

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2. St. George's Chapel

St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is a castle chapel built in the late medieval Perpendicular Gothic style. Founded in the 14th century by King Edward III and extensively enlarged in the late 15th, the castle has belonged to the monarchy for almost 1000 years and has served as a principal residence for Queen Elizabeth II. In the 19th century, St George’s Chapel superseded the nearby Westminster Abbey as the chosen burial place for the British royal family.

A place of worship today, at least three services take place in the chapel daily, and worshippers are welcome to attend, except on Sundays, when the chapel is closed to visitors.

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3. Cliveden House

Cliveden House in Berkshire, UK is a 19th century historic home which operated at the heart of the cultural and political elite of the country. The first construction to be built on the site of Cliveden House was a hunting lodge built by the Duke of Buckingham in 1666. This incarnation survived for over 100 years before being destroyed in a fire in 1795. Rebuilt in 1824, the second building unfortunately saw the same fate, being destroyed in 1849. Two years later a new house was commissioned and this is, for the most part, the Cliveden we see today.

Today Cliveden operates as both a luxury hotel and a National Trust-operated park and gardens. The house itself can be accessed by pre-booked tours and features a collection of fascinating art, from 18th century Brussels tapestries to portraiture of its past inhabitants. The vast parkland also includes a host of beautiful gardens, scenery and even an impressive maze, offering a variety of curiosities from season to season.

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4. Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle is a picturesque Jacobean style country house in Hampshire, which in more modern times has become well known as the location of the television series Downton Abbey. The main house that is seen today was built in the mid 19 th century though the site itself has a history dating back several centuries and an entry for the location was recorded in the Domesday Book. The architect, Sir Charles Barry, is also known for having designed the Houses of Parliament. The exterior and interior work took decades to complete, and the castle became known for its opulence. Notably, the Saloon now features 17th-century Spanish leather wall coverings collected by the 3rd earl, and the walls of the Music Room are hung with 16th-century Italian embroideries.

In more recent history, Highclere Castle has become the location of Downton Abbey. Visitors can view the castle, the Egyptian Exhibition and the surrounding Grounds and Gardens. Records show the gardens were first developed there during the 13th century. Visitors can explore the original Monks’ Garden, the White Border, the Wood of Goodwill, the Rose Arbour, the Wild Flower Meadow and, nearer the house, the Healing Herb Garden.

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5. Dorney Court

Grade I listed Dorney Court was built in the 15th century and has been continuously lived in by the Palmer family for more than 450 years over 13 generations. ‘Dorney’ is an ancient Saxon word for ‘island of bees’, and the estate remains famous for its honey. It was also the site of the first pineapple to be grown in England, which was then presented to Charles II in 1661.

Though much of the building appears medieval, some of it is actually a Victorian reconstruction. Remodelling of the house took place at the end of the nineteenth century, and the original bricks were restored to the front facade of the house. However, the interior is much the same as it was in 1500, with the oldest part, the panelled parlour, containing some exquisite antique furniture pieces. Today, the house and gardens are still in private hands, but are open to the public.

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6. Runnymede

A little downstream from Windsor is Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215. Magna Carta was an attempt by feudal barons to limit the power of the king, and contained clauses to protect the historic privileges the barons had enjoyed. The site of Runnymede was approximately half way between King John and the barons from Staines. The name also suggests that there was a tradition of meeting there, and may have been where the Anglo-Saxon parliament once met.

Today, the picturesque site is home to a collection of memorials that commemorate various struggles for liberty: as well as a monument to Magna Carta, there are memorials to JFK and the Allied Air Forces of the Second World War.

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7. Shaw House

Situated in Shaw, outside Newbury in Berkshire, Shaw House is an important example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion. Built by a wealthy cloth merchant, Thomas Dolman, it was completed in 1581. It is known as being a headquarters during the Second Battle of Newbury, and for Elizabeth I having visited there. Later, it became a school for a long time.

Today, the house is owned and managed by West Berkshire Council as conference centre and public attraction.

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8. Basildon Park

Situated outside the village of Goring-on-Thames and Streatley in Berkshire, Basildon Park is a Grade I listed building that was built between 1776 and 1783. It is Palladian in style with neoclassical ‘Adamesque’ interiors. Never fully completed, the house passed through a succession of owners, and in 1914, the then-empty house was requisitioned by the British Government as a convalescent hospital. It was sold again in 1928, and following a failed attempt to dismantle and rebuild the house in the US, in 1929 the house was stripped and effectively abandoned. During World War Two, it was requisitioned and served as a barracks, and later a prisoner of war camp. By 1952, it was entirely derelict.

Today, Basildon Park is known for its mid-twentieth century restoration by Lord and Lady Iliffe, and for its architecture. In 1978, the couple gave the house to the National Trust, who now open the house to the public.

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9. Donnington Castle

A ruined medieval castle situated near the small village of Donnington, Donnington Castle was founded by Sir Richard Abberbury the Elder in 1386 and was bought by Thomas Chaucer before the castle was taken under royal control during the Tudor period. During the First English Civil War, the castle was held by royalists and withstood an 18-month siege. Parliament voted to demolish the castle in 1646, and today, only the gatehouse survives.

The site today is a scheduled monument under English Heritage. It is easily accessible.

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10. Reading Museum

Reading Museum is a museum that details the history of the town of Reading in Berkshire. It is located within Reading Town Hall and contains galleries containing items such as artefacts discovered during the excavations of Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester Roman Town) and a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry. The town hall itself was built in several phases between 1786 and 1897, though the principal facade was created in 1875.

The museum opened in 1883, and first displayed a large, eccentric collection from the late Horatio Bland, a merchant and collector of artefacts from around the world. Today, it is a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike.

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15 Best Things to Do in Windsor (Berkshire, England)

The very word “Windsor”, instantly calls to mind the British Royal Family, as the name of the Royal House currently on the throne.

Thirty-nine monarchs have lived at the enormous Windsor Castle since it was raised as a royal palace by Henry I more than 900 years ago.

Step into this storied palace for an audio tour narrated by Prince Charles himself, and visit St George’s Chapel, scene of royal weddings, funerals and the tombs of monarchs known the world over.

Windsor Great Park is an equally vast former hunting ground, obligatory for the Long Walk and its sensational view back to the castle.

The Thames River, traced by romantic water meadows, has its own appeal, while there are museums, sights and cultural venues to keep you occupied in the market town.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Windsor :

1. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Europe’s longest-occupied palace, Windsor Castle has been a residence for the English and British Royal Family since the reign of Henry I at the start of the 12th century.

At 13 acres Windsor Castle is also the largest inhabited castle in the world, with some 500 people living and working here.

There’s a good chance that the Queen will be home when you visit, and her presence will be indicated by the Royal Standard flag.

A monument on this scale can be daunting, but there are a few sights and experiences to prioritise.

The State Apartments have been home to 39 monarchs and owe their current Baroque decor to Charles II who wanted his quarters to rival Versailles.

Art by Rubens, Rembrandt and Canaletto graces these walls.

The theatrical Semi-State Rooms from the reign of George IV are used for official receptions by the Queen and have been restored after a fire in 1992.

2. St George’s Chapel

St George's Chapel

Included in the ticket to Windsor Castle is one of the masterworks of English Gothic architecture, infused with centuries of royal history.

St George’s Chapel was ordered by King Edward III in the 14th century and was augmented in the century that followed.

The stupendous fan vaulting in the choir dates from that period, as do the iron gates in the sanctuary, forged by the 15th-century metalsmith John Tresilian.

Dozens of royal funerals have taken place at St George’s Chapel, and the tombs of Henry VIII, Edward IV, George III, Charles I and the Queen Mother are all here , to name a small fraction, at the altar, Royal Vault, choir, Gloucester Vault and memorial chapels.

Beginning in 1863 with the future King Edward VII, a long line of Royal Weddings have taken place at St George’s Chapel, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

3. Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park

Leaving Windsor Castle from the south you can strike out on the Long Walk, a dead straight 2.65 mile path, continuously flanked by rows of trees and leading into rolling, 5,000-acre Great park.

This land was the private hunting ground for Windsor Castle from the middle of the 13th century and there’s still a large herd of semi-wild deer towards the northern end of the park.

At the southern end of the Long Walk is Snow Hill, topped with a copper statue of King George III in Roman attire and with a jaw-dropping view back to the castle in the distance.

It’s impossible to see everything in Windsor Great Park, and many of its royal properties are private, but you could drive round to view the flower displays in the Valley Gardens and Virginia Water lake and its man-made waterfall.

4. Savill Garden

Savill Garden

Within Windsor Great Park is an enclosed garden planted in the 1930s by the park manager Sir Eric Savill and opened to the public in 1951. The garden charges a small entrance fee and has plenty to enjoy, like trees planted by royal family members, a New Zealand garden and the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House.

The Queen was present in 2010 to open a contemporary rose garden, which can be enjoyed from an elevated walkway.

Also recent is the sinuous visitor centre, the Savill Building (2006), containing a restaurant, shop, garden centre, seminar and endowed with superb views over the gardens from its raised terrace.

5. Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal

Britain’s only unsubsidised producing theatre to function all year round, the Theatre Royal (1910) is an elegant Edwardian venue with a very large repertoire.

It sits between the castle and the Thames and has musicals, well-reviewed plays, dance, comedy acts, touring bands, kids’ shows and cover acts.

The director is Bill Kenwright, a high-regarded West End producer In the advent period there’s an annual traditional pantomime, which is held as one of the best in the UK.

6. Guildhall

Guildhall

Windsor’s ceremonious English Baroque town hall was completed in 1689. After its previous architect died, the project was taken over by Sir Christopher Wren, who grew up in Windsor.

In a niche above the arcade on the east side there’s a memorial statue to Prince George of Denmark, the husband of Queen Anne, added in 1713, five years after his death.

The Guildhall is licensed to hold weddings, and hosted one of the UK’s first same sex civil partnership ceremonies in December 2005, between Elton John and David Furnish, while Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were wed here several months earlier.

7. Windsor and Royal Borough Museum

Windsor And Royal Borough Museum

This small but absorbing museum was installed in the Guildhall in 2011 and has archaeological and natural history exhibits unearthed around east Berkshire.

On display are a mammoth’s tusk dating back 100,000 years, prehistoric tools and objects from the Bronze Age, Roman times and Anglo-Saxon period.

The museum also has figurines, paintings, busts, military regalia and every day utensils relating to Windsor and the Thames, from the early 19th century to the present day.

8. River Thames

River Thames

Up to the 1800s the Thames was the main thoroughfare for the English monarchs, navigating between Windsor Castle, Westminster, Hampton Court, the Tower of London and Greenwich Palace.

So it would only be right to spend some time on the river, and even more so if it’s a sunny day.

Windsor Borough has 20 miles of Thames riverside and on the banks you can take a cruise with French Brothers Boats, hire a motorboat or rowboat with John Logie or go on a guided kayak trip with London Kayak Tours.

The ever-popular Windsor Duck Tours is a sightseeing trip on an amphibious vehicle dividing its time between road and river.

Or you might decide to stay on dry land and walk a piece of the National Trail, heading southeast to Runnymede, or west past the Brocas Meadows to Dorney Lake, which hosted the 2012 Olympic rowing and canoe spring events.

9. St John the Baptist Church

St John The Baptist Church

On the high street, St John the Baptist Church stands where a church has stood since at least long ago as the reign of Henry II in the second half of the 12th century.

That Norman building was sadly torn town in the 1810s because of the cost of repair works, and this new monument was consecrated in 1822. Many of the monuments from the old church were rehoused in the new one, and on the west and south walls of the nave there are 16th and 17th-century stone memorials to a mason, mayor and guardsman.

In the West Gallery is a Baroque painting of the Last Supper, a national treasure, although the artist is unknown.

It may be the work of the German-born Francis Cleyn, and was kept at St George’s Chapel for more than a century before George III donated it to this church.

10. Runnymede

Runnymede

This water meadow three miles southeast of Windsor is the place where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. This charter created the English parliament and was an early, and very small step towards freedom through law, as it granted a group of Rebel Barons protection from illegal imprisonment, limited payments to the crown and safeguarded church rights.

This location’s value has been recognised with monuments, both in the meadow and on Cooper’s Hill to the west.

There are ceremonial tree plantings, an Air Force memorial, a monument to John F. Kennedy and the Magna Carta Memorial by the American Bar Association and unveiled in 1957. The National Trust maintains two walking trails in this landscape, through pasture, wildflower meadows and ancient woodland.

11. Eton College Natural History Museum

Eton College Natural History Museum

Cross the Thames and you’ll be on the high street of Windsor’s twin town of Eton.

This place is synonymous with Eton College, an independent boarding school founded in 1440 and with a prestigious alumni list that includes David Cameron, one of 19 Old Etonians prime ministers.

On Sunday afternoons Eton College welcomes the public to its Natural History Museum, which opened in 1875 and has a riveting assortment of specimens like bird eggs, fossils and insects, together scientific artefacts in its glass cabinets.

There’s a very rare page from Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species, and pieces relating to an Old Etonian, Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain James Cook on the First Voyage of Discovery.

12. Fudge Kitchen

On Thames Street in Windsor you may be tempted by the cute Fudge Kitchen shopfront.

This company makes fudge on the premises in all sorts of flavours, from salted caramel to maple walnut.

Behind the small shop floor is a larger fudge-making area, where you’ll be able to go back, see the fudge being made and ask a few questions of the enthusiastic staff.

The Fudge Kitchen also organises more in-depth fudge-making experiences, when you can sample all the different flavours, learn about the fudge’s history and try making some fudge to take home.

13. Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor

In the top ten most-visited theme parks in Europe Legoland is of course themed on the world-famous Lego toy system.

It’s a day out for kids between the ages of 3 and 12 and has rides, shows, amusements and shops across 12 themed “lands”. Miniland for instance is a miniature park with monuments like St Paul’s Cathedral at a 1:20 scale, using a total of 40 million bricks.

Duplo Valley is for the youngest children, while at Lego City allows children to control a Lego fire engine and drive their own car at the City Driving School.

14. National Trust Cliveden

National Trust Cliveden

Traffic permitting, this princely estate lies about 15 minutes northwest of Windsor and is one of the National Trust’s most visited properties.

After the previous house burnt down in 1795, the current Cliveden House is a three-storey Italianate mansion over a magnificent terrace pavilion, balustraded stairways and fronting a formal parterre.

It was the work of Charles Barry, most famous for the reconstruction of the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament). Cliveden House is an extremely plush country house hotel, but can be visited on 30-minute tours to view the stately decor and hear about former guests like Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin.

Around the house are five formal gardens, an enormous yew tree maze and acres of woodland to wander in.

15. Royal Windsor Horse Show

Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Home Park is the venue for the largest outdoor horse show in the UK, taking place across five days early or mid-May.

The event stages international competition in three different equestrian disciplines: Show jumping, dressage and carriage driving, while there’s “National Showing” and a two-star endurance event.

The show is a favourite of the Queen’s and coincides with her birthday celebrations.

Coinciding with the main competitive events are military cavalry and horse artillery demonstrations and the Shetland Pony Grand National, a jump race ridden by child jockeys every day in the arena.

An abundance of equestrian-oriented companies and upmarket clothing and accessories brands also set up stalls during the show.

15 Best Things to Do in Windsor (Berkshire, England):

  • Windsor Castle
  • St George's Chapel
  • Windsor Great Park
  • Savill Garden
  • Theatre Royal
  • Windsor and Royal Borough Museum
  • River Thames
  • St John the Baptist Church
  • Eton College Natural History Museum
  • Fudge Kitchen
  • Legoland Windsor
  • National Trust Cliveden
  • Royal Windsor Horse Show

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What is Sonning famous for? Top 12 things to do in Sonning on Thames!

Nestled by the beautiful Thames, Sonning is a picturesque gem waiting to be discovered in the heart of Berkshire, UK. Brimming with English charm, it’s undoubtedly a must-visit spot.

Just a brief jaunt east of Reading, you’ll find this delightful village. Beyond the river from the town lies a charming island on the Thames. This island cradles the hamlet of Sonning Eye, a distinct yet inseparable part of the Sonning experience.

Looking for things to do? From the elegance of the French Horn in Sonning to the quaint atmosphere of the Mill House in Sonning Eye, there’s a diverse mix of attractions. So, why not add this vibrant British village to your UK adventure list?

There’s no denying that Sonning, along with its scenic hamlet Sonning Eye, offers an enchanting escape. Perfect for a day trip from London , it’s a chance to explore England’s tranquil countryside.

Oh, and here’s a fun fact for movie fans – Sonning Eye is home to none other than George Clooney! Talk about a star-studded village!

Whether you’re journeying from Sonning to Reading or simply losing yourself in the quaint corners of this English paradise, you’re in for a beautiful backdrop at every turn. So, are you ready to dive into the allure of Sonning and Sonning Eye? These tranquil havens are just waiting to share their English charm with you!

What is Sonning famous for?

Sonning is a village located in Berkshire, England. It is primarily known for the following:

  • The Mill at Sonning : The Mill at Sonning is a historic theater located on the banks of the River Thames. It is renowned for its unique setting within a converted 18th-century watermill. The theater hosts a variety of productions, including plays, musicals, and comedy shows.
  • George Clooney’s residence : Sonning gained additional fame due to actor George Clooney choosing it as his primary residence in the UK. Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, purchased a mansion in Sonning in 2014, attracting attention from media and fans.
  • Scenic location : Sonning is situated in a picturesque setting along the River Thames, with beautiful countryside surroundings. It is known for its charming riverside walks, scenic views, and quaint village atmosphere.
  • Historic sites : The village of Sonning has a rich history, and there are several notable historic sites to explore, including Sonning Bridge, a Grade II listed structure dating back to the 18th century, and the Norman-era St Andrew’s Church.
  • Idyllic setting for boating : The River Thames flows through Sonning, making it a popular spot for boating enthusiasts. Visitors can rent boats or take boat tours to enjoy the river’s tranquil beauty and explore the surrounding area.

Overall, Sonning is famous for its historic theater, celebrity residents, scenic location along the River Thames, and its appeal to those seeking a peaceful and picturesque English village experience.

Where is Sonning-on-Thames?

Sonning-on-Thames lies on the edge of Berkshire county. A short walk over the bridge will take you into Oxfordshire as you enter the neighbouring village of Sonning Eye. As you might guess from the name, the bridge in Sonning goes over the Thames. The banks of the river define the northern edge of the village.

The nearest major town to Sonning is Reading which lies no more than four miles to the East. Despite its proximity to the suburbs of Reading, Sonning has managed to keep its identity as a separate village. It really is one of the top villages near London .

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How do I get to Sonning on Thames?

Sonning on Thames is a village located in the county of Berkshire, England, about 4 miles east of Reading. Here are a few ways to get to Sonning on Thames:

  • By car: If you have access to a car, you can reach Sonning on Thames via the A4 or A4155 road. The village is about 10-15 minutes’ drive from Reading and about 25-30 minutes’ drive from Maidenhead.
  • By train: The nearest train station to Sonning on Thames is Twyford, which is on the main line between London Paddington and Reading. From Twyford, you can take a taxi or a bus to Sonning on Thames, which is only a short distance away.
  • By bus: There are several bus routes that run through Sonning on Thames, including the number 850, which operates between Reading and Henley-on-Thames, and the number 128, which runs between Reading and Wallingford. You can check the timetable and plan your journey on the Reading Buses website.
  • By bicycle or on foot: Sonning on Thames is located on the Thames Path, a popular walking and cycling route that runs from the source of the River Thames in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier in London. If you enjoy cycling or walking, you can reach Sonning on Thames by following the Thames Path.

Sonning on Thames postcode

The postcode for Sonning on Thames is RG4 6UT for most of the village.

Where to stay in Sonning on Thames?

Let’s face it! There are only two options for you to stay in this village:

  • The French Horn
  • The Bull Inn

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Is sonning-on-thames good for scenic drives.

Sonning on Thames is located in a beautiful part of the English countryside, surrounded by scenic drives that offer stunning views of the River Thames, pretty villages, and rolling hills. The nearby Chiltern Hills and Cotswolds are both known for their picturesque scenery and historic landmarks, making them ideal destinations for a day trip or weekend getaway . Whether you’re looking for a leisurely drive or an outdoor adventure, there’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.

What famous people live in Sonning?

Who lives in Sonning? There are quite a few notable residents of Sonning. Perhaps the most famous are George and Amal Clooney. Amal’s family lives a few miles outside of Sonning. The pair have a large property just over the bridge in the hamlet of Sonning Eye, which they have done extensive work on including adding a large pool house and private cinema.

Jimmy Page, of Led Zepplin and former cricket captain Andrew Strauss both have homes within the bounds of Sonning. When it comes to magicians, both Paul Daniels and Uri Geller have lived here. If you’re interested in politics, then it may interest you to know that Theresa May also calls the village home.

There have been a lot of rumours that more American superstars have been looking for property in the area. Taylor Swift and Brad Pitt have both been identified as celebrities looking for an English base in the area.

What famous people live in Sonning

Parking in Sonning Eye

There are a few good spots to park in Sonning Eye. If you enter the hamlet over the Sonning bridge, then there is a small number of free parking spots located immediately after the bridge.

If these are all taken, the next option is to park in the car park of the French Horn. It is only for customers, so you’ll have to grab a bite to eat in the restaurant, however, as long as you do they are quite relaxed about cars being left for a while if you go to explore the village further.

Best things to do in Sonning-on-Thames

Things to see in Sonning Eye

1. the bull inn, sonning-on-thames.

Looking for the best pubs in Sonning? The Bull Inn is a picture-perfect English country pub and restaurant. This 16th Century pub is Grade II listed and in excellent condition. The timber frame and white rendered exterior is the perfect canvas for the plants and trees that climb its sides.

The food served is a great example of what can be done with seasonal produce. This means that what you have to choose from will depend on the time of year. With much of the food locally sourced you can get a real taste of proper English pub food.

Sonning on Thames Berkshire - The Bull Inn, Sonning-on-Thames

2. Sonning Lock

What to do in Sonning? A short walk upstream from Sonning Bridge will bring you to Sonning Lock. You can also follow a scenic footpath from St Andrew’’s church to bring you to this serene and beautiful spot. It’s well worth the short walk to see the beauty of the location.

If you visit in summer, you can also enjoy a spot of tea or a cold drink from the informal tea garden that sits by the lock.

Sonning on Thames Berkshire - Sonning Lock

3. Sonning Bridge

There has been a bridge in this spot since 1125. Of course, the original wooden bridge is long gone, as are the many wooden ones that followed. There are rumours that Dick Turpin lived in the area and it was over this bridge that he raced across to escape the authorities by crossing the county line.

The current stone bridge was put in place in the early 20th Century. This was in response to complaints that the traction engines crossing the wooden bridge were causing too much damage and disturbing the locals.

As you cross over the bridge, you can find a stone marker. Carved into the marker are the letters B and O, separated by a straight line. This is the marker for the county line, between Berkshire and Oxfordshire . The line is the boundary and runs down the middle of the River Thames.

In the middle of the bridge, there is a post box. However, the post box is located on the side of one of the supporting buttresses of the bridge, so the only way to reach it is by boat. The postbox is a mystery, but it was believed it is the work of a prankster!

Best things to do in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire - Sonning Bridge

4. The Mill at Sonning on Thames

In the 18th Century, the Mill at Sonning was ideally located to take advantage of the river for grinding flour. Now it’s quirky location on an island in the middle of the river, makes it a popular spot for dinner and a show.

The Mill was the first building on the Thames to harness the river’s flow to generate electricity. It’s an excellent reflection of how The Mill used to operate. Because of its loving and sensitive restoration, the Mill has received several conservation awards.

The Mill is adjoined to the Mill House, the home of George and Amal Clooney.

Things to do in Sonning on Thames Berkshire - The Mill at Sonning

5. High Street

The High Street through Sonning and Sonning Eye is lined with large brick-built homes. Interspersed you will find several pubs and restaurants. There are few shops in either the village or the hamlet. However, there is plenty of character to soak up as you wander through the street, and over the single-track bridge.

Sonning on Thames Berkshire - High Street

6. The French Horn

Best Sonning restaurants? The French Horn is a pub and restaurant that sits on the banks of the River Thames. As you enter the cosy pub, you will be greeted with the sight and aroma of ducks roasting over an open fire.

This is a tradition almost as old as the pub itself.

Sonning on Thames Berkshire - The French Horn

7. Coppa Club Sonning

The Coppa Club is a fantastic place to visit, the food is terrific, and the place is filled with different nooks and spaces for you to experience. You can choose to dine in the lounge bar or dining room. If you want to get some fresh air you can sit in the landscaped gardens that face onto the River Thames. In poor weather, there’s also an all-weather terrace to sit out on. 

If you’re there for a celebration, you can hire one of the private celebration igloos! You can book this funky space for up to 6 guests for 2 hours. It’s a great way to have an unforgettable experience while you’re in Sonning.

Best things to do in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire - Coppa Club Sonning

8. St Andrew’s Church, Sonning

This active and bustling church is nestled into the heart of Sonning and has a prime location right on the river. The current church is built on the site of an Anglo Saxon church, so the area is one that had long been used for worship. You can still see some of the Saxon stonework in the church today.

The majority of this church dates from the 13th and 14th Century and is filled with memorial plaques. It’s well worth a visit for anyone interested in English country churches.

Sonning on Thames Berkshire - St Andrew’s Church, Sonning

9. The Apple Tree House

If you’re travelling in a large group, there is an amazing property in the heart of Sonning that you can rent. The Apple Tree House is a massive mansion of a home that can sleep up to 16 guests and includes a hot tub in the garden. Even if you don’t stay here, it’s worth having a nosy at the place from the outside as it’s a truly exceptional rental house.

Sonning Walks

Looking for great walks near London ? Several lovely walking paths start from Sonning and take you along the River Thames. Your options include;

10. Blue Water Walk

The Blue Water Walk is the name of the path that heads north along the river from the Sonning side of Sonning Bridge. Following this path will take you up to Sonning Lock. It’s only a short walk. The path is a small part of the Thames Path. It gets its name from the large number of blue dragonflies you can spot on this short stretch of the river.

Sonning on Thames Berkshire - Blue Water Walk

11. The Thameside Walk

On the other side of the River Thames is the Thameside Walk. This path starts from the car park of The Mill at Sonning. You begin by walking over a small wooden bridge before the route takes you on a lovely walk. The whole path is 3 miles in length and takes you as far as Shiplake to the north of Sonning.

12. Thames Path

The Thames Path is a long-distance walking trail. To walk the whole thing takes around 14 days. The path passes right through Sonning so you can easily walk in either direction along the route if you start from Sonning. 

By heading north, you’ll start on the Blue Water Walk. Once it becomes the Thames Path again, you can continue up through Shiplake to Henley, which is the end of the path. Heading to the south from Sonning along the Thames Path will take you through Caversham.

In either direction, the path is easy to follow, well signposted and easy to walk. It’s suitable for all level of walkers.

Things to do in Sonning on Thames Berkshire - Thames Path walk

Sonning on Thames village history

Sonning on Thames has a rich history that dates back to the Roman period, when a settlement was established here. The name “Sonning” is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word “Sonningas,” which means “the people of Sunna” (Sunna being an Anglo-Saxon personal name).

In the Middle Ages, Sonning on Thames was an important market town and a center for cloth-making and milling. The village grew in importance during the Tudor period, when Henry VIII established a palace in the village for his queen, Catherine of Aragon.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Sonning on Thames became a popular destination for wealthy families, who built large country houses and estates in the area. The village was also a hub for the coaching trade, with several coaching inns and stables providing transport for travelers to and from London.

Today, Sonning on Thames is a popular tourist destination, known for its historic architecture, scenic river views, and association with famous residents, including George Clooney who lived in the village for a few years. Many of the old buildings and houses in the village have been well-preserved, giving visitors a glimpse into the area’s rich history.

What pub did three men in a boat go to in Sonning?

In the novel “Three Men in a Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome, the three men (Jerome, Harris, and George) stop at The Bull Inn in Sonning. The Bull Inn is a real pub located in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, England. It has been in operation since the 14th century and is well-known for its historic charm and riverside location.

Sonning on Thames tourist information

Sonning on Thames is a charming village that attracts many visitors each year. Here is some tourist information about the village that may be helpful:

  • Things to see and do: Sonning on Thames is known for its historic architecture, scenic river views, and picturesque countryside. The village is home to several historic buildings, including the 13th-century St Andrew’s Church, the Tudor-era Bull Inn, and the Old Vicarage, which was once the home of the novelist George Eliot. The village is also located on the Thames Path, a popular walking and cycling route that offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside.
  • Accommodation: Sonning on Thames has several accommodation options, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and self-catering apartments. Some of the popular options include The Great House at Sonning, The French Horn, and The Mill at Sonning.
  • Eating and drinking: There are several restaurants and pubs in Sonning on Thames that offer a variety of cuisines and dining experiences. The Bull Inn and The French Horn are both popular options for traditional English pub food, while The Great House at Sonning offers fine dining in a historic setting.
  • Getting around: Sonning on Thames is a small village that can easily be explored on foot. There are also several bus routes that run through the village, providing easy access to nearby towns and cities.
  • Events and festivals: Sonning on Thames hosts several events and festivals throughout the year, including the annual Sonning Scarecrow Trail, which takes place in May, and the Sonning Regatta, which is held in August. The village also has a popular Christmas market in December, featuring local vendors and craftspeople.

Pubs in Sonning on Thames

Sonning on Thames is home to several pubs, offering a range of dining and drinking experiences. Here are some of the popular pubs in the village:

  • The Bull Inn: The Bull Inn is a traditional English pub located in the heart of Sonning on Thames. The pub dates back to the Tudor era and offers a range of local and seasonal dishes, as well as a selection of beers, wines, and spirits.
  • The French Horn: The French Horn is a fine-dining restaurant and pub located in a historic building overlooking the River Thames. The pub offers a range of classic pub dishes, as well as a more formal dining experience in the restaurant.
  • The Mill at Sonning: The Mill at Sonning is a converted 18th-century mill that now houses a theater, restaurant, and bar. The pub offers a range of classic British dishes, as well as a selection of beers, wines, and spirits.
  • The Great House at Sonning: The Great House at Sonning is a boutique hotel and restaurant that serves classic British cuisine with a modern twist. The pub offers a range of beers, wines, and spirits, as well as a cocktail menu.
  • The Ivy House: The Ivy House is a popular gastropub located on the outskirts of Sonning on Thames. The pub offers a range of classic British dishes, as well as a selection of beers, wines, and spirits.

All of these pubs are located in or near the village center, making them easy to access on foot or by car. They are all popular with both locals and visitors, and provide a range of dining and drinking experiences to suit different tastes and budgets.

Restaurants in Sonning on Thames

Sonning on Thames is also home to several restaurants that offer a range of cuisines and dining experiences. Here are some of the popular restaurants in the village:

  • The Great House at Sonning: The Great House at Sonning is a historic hotel and restaurant that offers fine dining in an elegant setting. The menu features classic British cuisine with a modern twist, and the restaurant has an extensive wine list.
  • Coppa Club: Coppa Club is a popular restaurant and bar located on the banks of the River Thames. The menu features a range of dishes, including sharing plates, pizzas, and burgers, as well as a selection of cocktails and other drinks.
  • The French Horn: The French Horn is a fine-dining restaurant and pub located in a historic building overlooking the River Thames. The restaurant serves classic French cuisine, and has an extensive wine list featuring wines from around the world.
  • The Mill at Sonning: The Mill at Sonning is a converted 18th-century mill that now houses a theater, restaurant, and bar. The restaurant offers a range of classic British dishes, as well as a pre-theater menu for theater-goers.
  • The Bull Inn: The Bull Inn is a traditional English pub that also offers a range of classic pub dishes, including Sunday roasts and fish and chips. The pub has a cozy atmosphere and is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Places to visit nearby Sonning on Thames:

  • Henley-on-Thames : 7 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Hambleden : 11 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Marlow : 11 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Goring on Thames : 13 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Fingest : 14 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Windsor : 16 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • West Wycombe : 17 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Wallingford : 17 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Burnham Beeches : 18 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Beaconsfield: 18 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Dorchester on Thames : 20 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Old Amersham : 23 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Abingdon : 27 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Wendover : 27 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames
  • Thame: 30 miles away from Sonning-on-Thames

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Sonning FAQ

Living in Sonning-on-Thames is a picturesque experience with its charming riverside setting and idyllic countryside surroundings, offering a peaceful and scenic lifestyle. The village combines historical character with a close-knit community, making it an appealing place to reside.

Sonning-on-Thames is known to be home to several notable celebrities, including George Clooney and Amal Clooney, who own a luxurious mansion in the village, adding a touch of glamour to the area. Other famous residents have included British singer-songwriter Adele and comedian Jimmy Carr.

The Mill at Sonning is a renowned and historic theatre located in Sonning-on-Thames, offering a unique theatrical experience where guests can enjoy performances while also dining in a picturesque riverside setting. It has a rich history and is well-known for its combination of fine cuisine and live entertainment.

No, Sonning is a separate village located near Reading, Berkshire, in England. While it is in close proximity to Reading, it is considered an independent entity with its own distinct charm and identity.

Dinton Pastures Country Park is a beautiful natural retreat located near Reading, Berkshire, offering a range of outdoor activities such as walking trails, cycling paths, fishing lakes, and wildlife spotting, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and families alike. The park’s scenic landscapes and tranquil atmosphere provide a refreshing escape from city life.

Is it worth visiting Sonning-on-Thames?

Sonning is a beautiful little village in the heart of the English countryside . It’s a spot worth visiting if you’re looking for a base for a walk along the River Thames, in a village where you have several good meal options and plenty of luxury to enjoy!

If you are looking for a great location in the south of England for your next UK weekend trip , then Sonning is a great choice!

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There’s an abundant list of things to do in Sonning, from enjoying the culinary delights at the French Horn to immersing in the cosy atmosphere of the Mill House in Sonning Eye. For those seeking to add an unexpected twist to their visit, a glimpse of George Clooney’s house in Sonning Eye offers a taste of Hollywood amidst the quintessential English setting.

With their stunning landscapes and inviting corners, Sonning and Sonning Eye extend a warm welcome to anyone eager to experience the true charm of England. These tranquil havens encapsulate the best of what Berkshire, UK has to offer, making them must-visit destinations for any UK adventure.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-time visitor, the allure of Sonning and Sonning Eye is undeniable. They are ready to share their captivating stories, serene riverside views, and historical treasures. Isn’t it time you experienced Sonning, the charming heart of Berkshire, for yourself?

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West Berkshire named the safest place to drive in England according to study by car parts marketplace Ovoko

West Berkshire has been named as the safest place to drive in England according to a new study.

The study, which was carried out by car parts marketplace Ovoko, was compiled from historical data from the Department for Transport to see which UK areas had the lowest average collisions per billion vehicle miles between 2013 and 2022.

The first English area to feature on the list was West Berkshire. It came in fifth place with an average of 137.88 collisions per billion vehicle miles.

2018 was statistically the safest year in the district, with only 106 collisions per billion vehicle miles.

The study list was topped by Perth and Kinross in Scotland which was statistically found to be the UK’s safest area to drive in.

Between 2013 and 2022, there were, on average, 122.73 collisions per billion vehicle miles in the area. 2019 was found to have the lowest numbers, with 78 collisions per billion vehicle miles.

Coming in second was another Scottish area in the Shetland Islands, with an average of 127.25 collisions per billion vehicle miles.

The Shetlands’ safest year was found to be 2022, with just 43 collisions per billion vehicle miles.

Third place goes to Monmouthshire in Wales. It had 131.85 collisions per billion vehicle miles on average across the years recorded in the study.

Fourth place went to another Scottish area in Moray, with 132.79 collisions per billion vehicle miles.

When looking at all UK areas, on average, each area has had 454.56 collisions per vehicle miles over the period studied.

Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson for Ovoko said: “You might expect numbers to be at their lowest in 2020 and 2021, amongst COVID-19 lockdowns meaning fewer cars on the road overall.

“However, for many areas in this top ten, this is not the case.

“Another interesting thing to note is the drop off in collisions for many areas between 2021 and 2022, and it will be worth noting whether these numbers continue to drop into the 2020s, with the government’s attempted efforts to make roads safer.”

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    Donnington Castle. The imposing 14th-century gatehouse of Donnington Castle stands on the crest of a high hill overlooking the Lambourn Valley, across the river from the market town of Newbury. The castle was built in 1386 by Sir Richard Abberbury to control a major road junction and river crossing.

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    Basildon Park. Wellington Country Park. Kennet Horse Boat Company. Highclere Castle. Theatre Royal Windsor. Maidenhead Heritage Centre. If you haven't discovered these amazing things to do in Berkshire, you are missing out. History and culture await you at historic English manors and royal theatres staging classic live productions.

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