NewburyUnited Kingdom

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Visit Newbury

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.

Top hotels in Newbury

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Old Oxford Road, Donnington, Newbury, England
£99
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Donnington Castle, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Watermill Theatre and Newbury Racecourse. Thatcham ...

4.2/5Excellent! (311 reviews)

"Well run clean hotel albeit a bit expensive. Breakfast was outstanding"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa
Donnington Grove Country Club
Donnington Grove Country Club
3 out of 5
Grove Road, Donnington, Newbury, England
£80
per night
17 Dec-18 Dec

Situated in Newbury, this golf hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Donnington Castle and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Newbury Racecourse. Watermill Theatre and Shaw House are ...

4/5Very Good! (218 reviews)

"Good location. Very comfortable, large room with a great view of the lake Our room was up several flights of stairs which we found a bit challenging"…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Donnington Grove Country Club
DoubleTree by Hilton Newbury North
DoubleTree by Hilton Newbury North
4 out of 5
M4 Junction 13 Oxford Road, Newbury, England
£55
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Situated in Newbury, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Donnington Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Newbury Racecourse and Shaw House. West Berkshire Museum ...

3.7/5Good! (492 reviews)

"Sorry to say this time we stayed was disappointing, the room was tatty, there were bottles/glasses and mugs left on the floor outside our room from the afternoon and overnight- not ours. The pool was sectioned off for swimming lessons on Saturday which left 6 adults trying to swim in the short side ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Newbury North

Popular things to do in Newbury

Highclere Castle
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Highclere Castle

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Visit this stately home which is also the setting of the acclaimed BBC drama Downtown Abbey. Appreciate its grandeur, beauty and expansive grounds.

Donnington Castle
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Donnington Castle

4/5(3 reviews)

Explore the crumbling remains and towering gatehouse of this once mighty 14th-century castle, which was an integral part of the English Civil War. 

Shaw House
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Shaw House

5/5(1 review)

After a tumultuous history and a massive restoration project, this Elizabethan manor is now a center for events and conferences.

West Berkshire Museum
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West Berkshire Museum

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.

Winchester Cathedral
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Winchester Cathedral

4.5/5(222 reviews)

With its exquisite artwork and fascinating historical relics, Winchester’s Gothic masterpiece is thought to be one of the nation’s finest cathedrals.

Ashmolean Museum
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Ashmolean Museum

4.5/5(152 reviews)

The world’s oldest public museum is home to a fascinating collection of global curios and priceless works of art.

Top activities in Newbury

Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Tour
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Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Tour

£100

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.

Shakespeare’s Stratford, Warwick Castle, Cotswolds & Oxford
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Shakespeare’s Stratford, Warwick Castle, Cotswolds & Oxford

£92

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.

Warwick Castle, Shakespeares England & Oxford with Admission
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Warwick Castle, Shakespeares England & Oxford with Admission

£92

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.

Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£16

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.

Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford
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Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford

£19

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.

Kizomba & Urban Kiz Dance Private Classes
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Kizomba & Urban Kiz Dance Private Classes

£36

Itinerary We provide Kizomba & Urban Kiz private classes in Reading, Maidenhead and within a 40-mile radius from these locations (2h minimum booking if it requires travelling).

Reviews of Newbury

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

Nice town, generally like it,

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Sep 2019

Good shops good clean green spaces nice place to stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jul 2019

Only when to the racecourse great day out

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Jul 2019

Newbury races and tom jones