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It is easy to forget that you’re right on London’s doorstep whilst in Berkshire; with its many towns and small villages, coupled with beautiful countryside to explore, Berkshire is the perfect place to escape city life. With B&Bs, campsites, hotels and even boats, Berkshire has all types of accommodation for you to enjoy, each offering their own unique holiday experience.
Described as a must see for any trip to England, when in Berkshire a visit to Windsor Castle should be high on anyone’s list. Once you walk through the castle gates you will soon understand why Queen Elizabeth considers this to be home; beautiful and regal, take a guided tour and learn more of the history of this royal home.
The ancient ruins of Silchester is a lovely place to go for a peaceful walk. A site of archaeological significance, dating back to Roman times with large parts of the city walls still standing. It is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon soaking up its history.
A Day at the Races
Ascot in Berkshire is renowned for its famous racecourse, attracting thousands of visitors per year. If you enjoy horseracing then plan your visit carefully around the racing calendar and experience Ascot in all of its glory on race day. The nearby Thorpe Park gives reason to bring the family to Ascot; it is one of the most popular theme parks in England. With a variety of roller-coaster rides for the fearless and other amusement activities there is something for everyone to make this a family day out.
If you are a fan of stately homes then the exquisite Highclere Castle will not disappoint. It’s home to the popular TV series Downton Abbey, and a visit to the Egyptian Exhibition is a must too. A visit here makes for an enjoyable afternoon with pretty gardens to explore as well.
Visit Eton College
Eton, another of Berkshire’s towns, founded on the opposite bank of the Thames River as Windsor, has both historic and commercial importance. It is impossible to think of Eton without reference to its famous public school, Eton College. Founded in 1441 by Henry IV, it has schooled kings, princes and many prime ministers of England. Take a guided tour and learn the history of this unique building and some stories of its now famous past pupils.
In the far west of Berkshire, alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal, is the charming market town of Hungerford. Situated amidst beautiful countryside with a range of warm and friendly country pubs to tempt you can easily lose yourself here for a couple of hours. Aside from its antique shops and fairs, the town boasts unique handcraft shops, providing the opportunity to take something home from your time spent in Berkshire.
This family-friendly Reading hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagoona Park and Madejski Stadium. Oracle and Reading Abbey Ruins are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Bracknell hotel is located in the business district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bracknell Ski Slope, Holme Grange Craft Village and Wokingham Town Hall. Bracknell and Wokingham College and Downshire Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Reading, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of John Lewis Reading and Oracle. Reading Abbey Ruins and University of Reading are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is steps away from Windsor Castle, Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Guildhall. Windsor Royal Shopping Centre and Theatre Royal are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in Reading, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reading Museum and Town Hall, Oracle, and Reading Abbey Ruins. University of Reading and Madejski Stadium are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Windsor hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bray Marina, Windsor Racecourse and King Edward Court Shopping. Windsor Castle and Dorney Lake are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Reading, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Prospect Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Oracle and Reading Abbey Ruins. Broad Street Mall and Hexagon are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is steps away from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Legoland and Eton College are also within 3 miles (5 km).