The Royal County of Berkshire is so called because of its regal connections that still exist today, including Windsor castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Parts of Berkshire also date back to Roman times with fascinating ruins and remains to be found throughout the county. On the other end of the spectrum you'll also find modern theme parks such as Legoland, bustling university towns such as Reading or peaceful riverside towns such as Pangbourne. No matter your tastes or reasons for visiting Berkshire, a Choice hotel stay will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore all that this beautiful county has to offer.
What to See in Berkshire
There's so much to see and do in Berkshire. Reading Museum and Town Hall, for instance, hosts a packed programme of family events and is home to both temporary and permanent exhibitions. In the Bayeux Gallery you'll find the only copy of the Bayeux Tapestry in the UK, while John Madejski Art Gallery, named after the entrepreneur and philanthropist, is a recreation of the museum's original Victorian art gallery.
If you prefer looking at the natural world then the Living Rainforest is an amazing indoor tropical rainforest in Hampstead Norreys. This visitor attraction, ecological and education centre was converted from an orchid nursery in 1993, is fully wheelchair accessible and home to over 700 species of plants and animals. There are also talks, workshops and family events all taking place under a canopy of leaves.
Elsewhere, Bucklebury Farm Park is a 77 acre working farm. Visitors can roll up their sleeves and get involved with farm work, enjoy the deer park that's home to four different breeds of deer, or get away from it all in the peaceful woodland surrounds that also has nature trails and plants, wildlife and flowers to see all year round.
Choice Hotels in Berkshire
Choice hotels contain everything you need to ensure your stay in Berkshire is as comfortable as possible. Facilities include health and fitness suites, restaurants and bars. Rooms are available in a range of sizes, come with room service and WiFi and are an ideal place to rest your head after a long day exploring this beautiful county.