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Berkshire attractions

You’ll always find plenty to occupy your time in the Royal County of 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. Standing majestically above the town on a hill, the impressive landmark was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, and has since been the home of 39 monarchs.

Over in Eton Wick is the utterly charming History On Wheels Museum – a unique collection of motors, both military and civilian, militaria from 1900 to the 1950s and artefacts from both the civilian and wartime homefronts. More vehicles, this time of the farming type, can be found in the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, which houses a comprehensive collection relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside. Historic houses abound around Newbury. Visit Shaw House, one of the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England. But perhaps the most famous of Newbury’s ‘big houses’ is Highclere Castle, aka TV’s Downton Abbey! The house is usually open during the summer months and on a few weekends throughout the year.

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Ascot Racecourse
Ascot Racecourse

High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX

Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. Over the past 300 years Ascot has established itself as a national institution, with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world. Ascot has something for everybody, with 26 annual racedays to enjoy. Along with Royal Ascot, other racedays feature food, wine and beer festivals, live concerts, family fun and more. Visit website

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Windsor SL4 1NJ

Windsor Castle stands majestically above the town of Windsor. The impressive landmark was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, since its creation it has been home to 39 monarchs. The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle is also the Queen’s favourite weekend home – on your visit check which flag is flying from the Round Tower; if it’s the Royal Standard then the Queen will be in when you visit! Visit website

Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club
Man playing polo

North Street, Winkfield, Cranbourne, Windsor SL4 4TH

Polo: a marriage of equine history and sheer rock and roll, that remains woven through the walls of the prestigious Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, near Windsor, whose late founder Bryan Morrison, a distinguished businessman and music mogul in the 60s, through to the 90s, had a hand in the careers of none other than Pink Floyd, The Jam, The Bee Gees, George Michael and many more. Visit website

Canoe & Kayak Tours
Woman in kayak

Barry Avenue, Windsor SL4 5JA

Canoe & Kayak Tours of Windsor specialise in guided tours of the River Thames in Windsor using open Canadian canoes. The company also hire out their canoes, single and double kayaks and SUP boards. The team also love to assist you in camping trips, team building events, charity events along the whole of the river and hen and birthday parties. See the website for more details. Visit website

Excluesive Games
Excluesive Games

Freemans Yard, 5B, Bone Lane, Newbury RG14 5SH

Excluesive Games provides a fantastic live escape game in the heart of Newbury. Working in a team you have 60 minutes to find the clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to victory. It’s perfect for a day out with family and friends or a team-building event with your colleagues. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Ascot Racecourse, Royal Ascot; Excluesive Games; Filip Mroz/Kyle Martin/Li Yang/Unsplash;

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