Culture and countryside meet in quintessential southern England

With the buzz of London to the east and the rolling North Wessex Downs to the west, Berkshire is a fantastic gateway for exploring the best that southern England has to offer. Discover royal palaces, beautiful countryside, ancient landmarks, and charming market towns, all within easy distance of each other.  

Things to Do

This part of the UK is packed with historic highlights. Topping the list is Windsor Castle and its Great Park, which is beautiful in the summer and perfect for picnics. You could also immerse yourself in the world of Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle near Newbury, or head to Donnington Castle at sunset, when the majestic ruins of its 14-century castle stand out against the sky.

Berkshire is a nature lover’s dream. Places like Newbury, Elcot and Hungerford  are on the edge of the North Wessex Downs, giving you access to an undulating landscape laced with hiking trails. Take your pick from short and longer routes, enjoying stunning panoramic views wherever you go. You could even plan your walk to tick off the Uffington White Horse, a Bronze Age figure carved into the chalky landscape in neighbouring Oxfordshire.

Berkshire’s pretty market towns are well worth a visit, especially if you want to take things at a more relaxed pace. Explore the boutiques and quirky antique shops in Hungerford’s town centre. Stroll or cycle along the Avon and Kennet canal. Newbury is known for its independent markets and popular theatre, as well as its famous racecourse – ideal for a lively day out. 

Top Tip from SLH

Berkshire’s original name, “Bearrocscir”, comes from the ancient Celtic word for ‘hilly place’ - so pack some comfortable walking shoes!