Berkshire is a historic county dotted with magnificent castles, beautiful stately homes and chocolate-box towns. Explore iconic strongholds like Windsor and Highclere, visit Eton College and reconnect with nature in the rolling hills and wooded countryside.
Things to do in Berkshire
Windsor Castle is one of the oldest, largest and most impressive fortresses in the world. Approaching the castle, you’ll be awed by the soaring walls, towers and battlements. If the Queen is in residence, you’ll see the Royal Standard flag fluttering from the top of the Round Tower. Tour the lavishly decorated State Apartments and don’t miss the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony.
The Thames meanders through Berkshire and is peppered with pretty towns and villages. Reading is one of the largest and will charm you with its historic architecture and fantastic riverside dining. Visit Reading Museum to learn about the unique history and heritage of the town. In the heart of the town centre, the ruins of a 12th-century abbey recall Reading’s ancient past.
The tiny village of Bray attracts foodies from around the world. It’s home to multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, including a venue run by iconic British chef, Heston Blumenthal. For something more casual, head to one of the cosy pubs.
The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty protects some of the most picturesque landscapes in England. Hike sections of the 140-kilometre Ridgeway National Trail or enjoy a leisurely walk through the rolling hills.
Walk in the footsteps of princes, prime ministers and Nobel laureates at Eton College. The iconic school was founded in the 1400s and features magnificent buildings and sprawling lawns. Go behind the scenes on a guided tour or simply stroll around the village and soak in the atmosphere. Shop for treasures at the excellent antique shops and enjoy tea and scones at a café.
Getting around Berkshire
All towns and villages in Berkshire are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Trains are a fast and affordable way to get around the county, with stations in Reading, Slough and Maidenhead. Trains run between London and Reading in under 30 minutes while local buses operate across the county. Heathrow Airport is a 40-minute drive from Reading.