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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.

Visit Berkshire

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 Windsor Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Windsor Leisure Centre

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Location

    Windsor

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

  3. Add Datchet to your Itinerary

    Datchet

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    Towns & Villages

    Despite much modern development, Datchet still manages to retain many features of the quiet riverside settlement it once was. The older buildings cluster around The Green with its central oak tree commemorating Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

  4. Add Stanley Spencer Gallery to your Itinerary

    Stanley Spencer Gallery

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    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.

  5. Add Thatcham to your Itinerary

    Thatcham

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    Towns & Villages

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    Thatcham

    Thatcham is a town in the historic county of Berkshire and is situated just three miles east of Newbury.

  6. Add Go Ape at Swinley Forest to your Itinerary

    Go Ape at Swinley Forest

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    Theme Park

    Location

    Bracknell

    Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

    The UK’s number 1 Tree Top Adventure has swung into a forest near you. Check out one of Go Ape’s leafy hangouts at either Swinley Forest, Bracknell (near Windsor) or Black Park Country Park, Uxbridge (near Maidenhead). There are a range of adventurous activities...

  7. Add Windsor to your Itinerary

    Windsor

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    Towns & Villages

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    Windsor

    While the magnificent Windsor Castle is this majestic town's main attraction, don't miss the tranquil Savill Garden, or the family-friendly Legoland just a short drive away.

  8. Add Bisham to your Itinerary

    Bisham

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    Towns & Villages

    Bisham is a parish of woodlands, the best-known being the Quarry Woods, which provide a splendid backdrop to the many historic buildings both large and small along the road to Marlow. Although the woodlands are private there are many public footpaths; the most scenic being those which climb the...

  9. Add Shottesbrooke to your Itinerary

    Shottesbrooke

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    Towns & Villages

    Although the smallest parish in the Royal Borough, Shottesbrooke contains one of the most noteworthy churches in Berkshire.

    The parish is centred on Shottesbrooke Park, where the church was built in 1370 as one of only three collegiate churches in the country.

    Unlike the majority of local...

  10. Add Bracknell to your Itinerary

    Bracknell

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    Towns & Villages

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    Bracknell

    Bracknell is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire.