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Berkshire

Regal and romantic county packed with historical interest

Welcome to Berkshire!

You’ll always find plenty to occupy your time in royal Berkshire, so named for its connections with the Royal Family. So why not start in Windsor, the Queen’s second home? After London, it is the UK’s most popular tourist attraction, largely due its jewel in the crown, Windsor Castle. The largest inhabited castle in the world and built by William the Conqueror, the Castle has been a royal home and fortress for more than 900 years. The Queen stays here every June for Royal Ascot and also to attend the service of the Order of the Garter.

Situated to the west of London, this romantic county boasts some lovely countryside. The River Thames meanders through the north of the county; towns and villages such as Pangbourne and Cookham sit prettily on its banks. The Berkshire Downs are ripe for exploring for walkers and just as much fun can be had exploring Legoland Resort Windsor, if you’re visiting with the family.

But it’s not all pretty surroundings and lovely vistas here, impressive though they undoubtedly are. Berkshire also has great modern shopping, restaurants, arts and culture, and some of the best places to stay in the country. Many attractions are open all year round, so finding something to do is easy. Berkshire has wonderful estates set in oak-lined deer parks and picturesque country downs with grazing horses.

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