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Newbury
Travel Guide

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.

Donnington Grove Country Club
Donnington Grove Country Club
3 out of 5
Grove Road, Donnington, Newbury, England
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Situated in Newbury, this golf hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Donnington Castle and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Newbury Racecourse. Watermill Theatre and Shaw House ...

4/5Very Good! (248 reviews)

"Very happy"…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Donnington Grove Country Club
The Vineyard
The Vineyard
5 out of 5
Stockcross, Newbury, England
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Situated in Newbury, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Deanwood Park Golf Course and within 3 miles (5 km) of Watermill Theatre and Donnington Castle. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (81 reviews)
One of the best stays for a long time

"The stay here was just what was needed and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. From calling in advance to see if there were any particular requirements to arranging reservations for dinner and spa. The staff were welcoming and the dining was fantastic, including at dinner where there was a ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

The Vineyard
The Carnarvon Arms
The Carnarvon Arms
3.5 out of 5
Winchester Road, Newbury, England
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Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Wessex Downs and Highclere Castle. Sandham Memorial Chapel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (126 reviews)

"very cosy, restaurant very spacious and bar very nice. bedroom a little on the small side but very well presented."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2020

The Carnarvon Arms
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Brewery House By Flying Butler
Brewery House By Flying Butler
4 out of 5
4 Oxford Street, Newbury, England

Situated in Newbury, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Newbury Town Hall and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Newbury Racecourse. West Berkshire Museum and ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Nice apartment

"Had a nice relaxing stay in this nicely furnished apartment. Nice, quiet area. Off-street parking was available for a small fee. Clean and tidy with all necessary appliances in good working order. Good communication from owner. Ideal for business trips. Would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2021

Brewery House By Flying Butler
Central Gate Apartments by House of Fisher
Central Gate Apartments by House of Fisher
3.5 out of 5
41 West Street, Newbury, England

Situated in Newbury, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Newbury Town Hall and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Newbury Racecourse. West Berkshire Museum and Shaw ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
Stay in Newbury

"Clean, modern and convenient location. Communication from the team was helpful and efficient. A nice touch with bottled water and snacks were welcomed"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2020

Central Gate Apartments by House of Fisher
Old Library By Flying Butler
Old Library By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
Carnegie Road, Newbury, England

Located in the heart of Newbury, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newbury Town Hall and Newbury Racecourse. West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House ...

3.4/5 (5 reviews)
The company doesn't care about its clients

"For the second time in the span of 3 weeks they mixed up the keys for self-check-in so after taking a bus, the tube, a train and a cab to get there, I wasn't able to check in. I had to wait by the door with my luggage until someone from ESA brought the spare key. After 20-30 minutes someone let me ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2018

Old Library By Flying Butler
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16 Feb 2020

Lovely market town with plenty of eating places and only a short drive

4/5 - Good

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16 Dec 2019

Newbury and Thatcham are my hometown so they will always hold a special place in my heart as my friends and family still live nearby

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29 Sep 2019

Nice town, generally like it,

3/5 - Okay

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3 Sep 2019

Good shops good clean green spaces nice place to stay

5/5 - Excellent

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17 Aug 2019

Newbury is a great place to visit, plus surrounding areas.

4/5 - Good

Patricia

29 Jul 2019

Good shops, bars and restaurants. Felt safe but many people sleeping in shop doorways.

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