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Things to Do in Berkshire

With so many places to visit in Berkshire, you can easily forget you're right on London’s doorstep. A wealth of towns, villages and countryside to explore make this county the perfect antidote to city life. To get the most out of your stay, start planning your days out in Berkshire here.

This romantic county is renowned for its connections with the Royal Family, the River Thames meandering along the northern edge and its many beautiful gardens ablaze with colour.

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Berkshire is also the birthplace of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, raised in the quaint village of Buckleberry where her parents’ home is still located today. It was in the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire where she spent her school days at St Andrew’s School. Situated on the River Thames, Pangbourne has been cited as the inspiration of many famous authors’ novels including Kenneth Grahame and Jerome K. Jerome.

Full of character, Pangbourne is a great place to visit. Berkshire is also home to many other picturesque towns and villages such as Newbury, HungerfordAscot, Hurley, Cookham, Bray, Littlewick Green, and Waltham St Lawrence. Find out more about towns and villages in the county with our interactive map of Berkshire.

Things to do in Berkshire this weekend

Many of Berkshire's tourist attractions are open all year round so find the best days out in Berkshire with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Or why not browse our events guide to find out what's happening this week.

Top 11 things to do in Berkshire

Whether you're looking to follow the footsteps of Royalty, or stroll through the scenic country lanes, or perhaps extend your stay for some well-earned rest and relaxation in one of the quaint inns or B&Bs, Berkshire has something to suit the needs of everyone: 

List of things to do & places to visit for days out in Berkshire

For more about Berkshire, including ideas on days out, where to stay and things to do in Berkshire, browse through the below selection of things to do and towns and villages that collectively make Berkshire such a memorable destination to visit. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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Streatley-on-Thames

Streatley

The village of Streatley-on-Thames stands on the opposite side of the River Thames to Goring; Oxfordshire on one side and West Berkshire on the...

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  1. Add Streatley-on-Thames to your Itinerary

    Streatley-on-Thames

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    Towns & Villages

    The village of Streatley-on-Thames stands on the opposite side of the River Thames to Goring; Oxfordshire on one side and West Berkshire on the other, linked by a bridge which was built in 1923

  2. Add Stanley Spencer Gallery to your Itinerary

    Stanley Spencer Gallery

    Type

    Gallery

    Location

    Cookham, Maidenhead

    The Stanley Spencer Gallery is devoted to the work of one of Britain’s greatest painters, Sir Stanley Spencer. It holds the largest repository of Spencer paintings on display anywhere in the world.

  3. Add Thames Valley Wine School Windsor to your Itinerary

    Thames Valley Wine School Windsor

    Type

    Vineyard

    Location

    Windsor

    Thames Valley Wine School offers tutored wine tastings for people to get more out from their glass! Typical events include Artisan Cheese and Wine Evenings, Champagne events, Fine Wine Masterclasses, and especially for Windsor, Gin Tastings!

  4. Add Reading to your Itinerary

    Reading

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    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Reading

    Perhaps the most bustling and energetic town in Berkshire, Reading is an appealing combination of excellent shopping facilities and historic buildings.

  5. Add Coral Reef Bracknell's Water World to your Itinerary

    Coral Reef Bracknell's Water World

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Location

    Bracknell

    Exciting leisure pool with 3 giant water slides, pirate ship, erupting volcano and water rapids. Great fun for all the family whatever the weather. Sauna World includes Saunas, Steam Room, gym, plunge and spa pool. Air-con Restaurant.

  6. Add Cookham to your Itinerary

    Cookham

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    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Cookham

    Visit pretty, historic Cookham, home to authors and artists, including Sir Stanley Spencer. Explore interesting shops, friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants and enjoy countryside and riverside walks.

  7. Add Ascot to your Itinerary

    Ascot

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    Towns & Villages

    Though a pretty Berkshire town in its own right, it's fair to say that Ascot is dominated by its spectacular racecourse. Certainly one of the world's finest and most famous courses, Ascot attracts over half a million visitors each year.

  8. Add Changing the Guard to your Itinerary

    Changing the Guard

    Type

    Sightseeing

    Location

    Windsor

    The Changing of the Guard is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor. A band usually accompanies the Guards, although this is subject to weather conditions.

    The Guards can be watched as they march up the High Street and into the Castle, but to see the actual ‘changing’ ceremony you need to...

  9. Add St Bartholomew Church to your Itinerary

    St Bartholomew Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Reading

    St Bartholomew Church

  10. Add Windsor Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Windsor Leisure Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Location

    Windsor

    Enjoy using excellent equipment and extensive range of services in a brilliantly designed, purpose-built modern building.