Holidays to Berkshire

The Royal County of Berkshire, located to the west of London with the River Thames winding along its northern edge, is home to one of the Monarch’s many stately homes.

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.

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