4/5 - Good
Verified traveller29 Sep 2019
Nice town, generally like it,
Experience the charm of an English market town that’s small in size but offers big attractions, including a famous castle and racecourse, and stunning countryside.
Although it is a relatively small town, Newbury is one of the most prominent urban centers in Berkshire. It offers rich culture and history alongside contemporary conveniences. Discover the delights of this pretty town and use it as a base to explore the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, located on Newbury’s doorstep.
The River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal wind their way through the town, creating a scenic backdrop. Enjoy a canal boat cruise through the English landscape or take a leisurely walk or cycle. Find more natural beauty at the indoor Living Rainforest, a unique and vast conservation project housed under glass. It is home to many rare and endangered plants.
Visit Newbury’s historic attractions too. Shaw House, which played important roles in the Civil War and World War II, is a fabulous example of an Elizabethan manor and is open to the public. The crumbling remains and towering gate house of the mighty 14th-century Donnington Castle offer the romance of bygone years.
It is Highclere Castle, however, that is the most well-known historic attraction in the area. It’s the seat of the Earl of Carnarvon and the set for the television drama Downton Abbey. Take the opportunity to visit this wonderful estate when it is open to the public.
Enjoy a shopping trip to Newbury’s modern malls and independent local stores. The Kennet Shopping Centre offers high street brands and plenty of eating options. Parkway is an open-air shopping development in the heart of town.
When it comes to sport and the arts, Newbury doesn’t disappoint. The Corn Exchange is the town’s main arts center and provides a varied program. Newbury also hosts an impressive line-up of music and arts festivals throughout the year. Head to the Newbury Racecourse, famed across the world for its horse racing events, for a memorable day out.
Newbury is about a 1.5-hour drive from London. The journey by train takes from 1.5 to 2 hours. The town itself is small enough to walk around. There is also public transportation and plenty of parking available.
Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019
Visit this stately home which is also the setting of the acclaimed BBC drama Downtown Abbey. Appreciate its grandeur, beauty and expansive grounds.
Explore the crumbling remains and towering gatehouse of this once mighty 14th-century castle, which was an integral part of the English Civil War.
After a tumultuous history and a massive restoration project, this Elizabethan manor is now a center for events and conferences.
Delve into the history of Newbury and West Berkshire at this delightful regional museum that focuses on the surrounding landscape and the lives of local people.
With its exquisite artwork and fascinating historical relics, Winchester’s Gothic masterpiece is thought to be one of the nation’s finest cathedrals.
The world’s oldest public museum is home to a fascinating collection of global curios and priceless works of art.
Since Downton Abbey first hit our screens in 2010 the stories of the Crawley family have captured the imagination of visitors from all over the world. Our tour, led by professional and entertaining guides, takes you from Oxford to Highclere Castle for a morning visit to the real-life home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Stroll the grounds of the oldest university in England, explore an 11th-century castle full of interactive exhibits, and get a first-hand look at the town William Shakespeare called home. Enjoy a drive through the Cotswolds, check out Oxford's campus, enter Warwick Castle, and visit Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Spend the day exploring castles, charming villages, and historic cities on this immersive tour. See the quaint English homes in the Cotswolds, walk through the medieval Warwick Castle, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, and stroll down the cobbled streets of Oxford.
Explore Oxford, the oldest university city in England, on a fun and informative hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48 hour pass, you can hop on and off as many times as you please, discovering the city to your own schedule.
Join this tour around the city of Oxford and step into the crime-filled world of Inspector Morse. Fans of the series will recognize iconic filming locations as you walk through colleges and Oxford streets, listening to facts about the series and the city from an informed guide.
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Verified traveller21 Jul 2019
Newbury races and tom jones