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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.

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: 

For more about Berkshire, including ideas on days out, where to stay and things to do in Berkshire, browse through the below selection of towns and villages that collectively make Berkshire such a memorable destination to visit.

Towns and places to visit in Berkshire

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Shottesbrook

Shottesbrooke

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

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  1. Add Streatley-on-Thames to your Itinerary

    Streatley-on-Thames

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    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 Shottesbrook to your Itinerary

    Shottesbrook

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    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...

  3. Add Newbury to your Itinerary

    Newbury

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    Newbury

    Set along the banks of the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury has a fresh, rural atmosphere combined with great shopping facilities and new attractions.

  4. Add Thatcham to your Itinerary

    Thatcham

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    Thatcham

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

  5. Add Maidenhead to your Itinerary

    Maidenhead

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    Windsor, Maidenhead

    The town centre has a range of over 300 shops from the well known shops you would expect to many independent stores for that something different.

  6. Add Bracknell to your Itinerary

    Bracknell

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    Bracknell

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

  7. Add Sunninghill to your Itinerary

    Sunninghill

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    Sunninghill means 'the home of Sunna’s people'. Most of the development around the large country houses of the 18th century was accelerated by the discovery of health-giving salt springs and rapidly increased with the advent of the railway in 1841.

    Today Sunninghill is a favoured residential...

  8. Add Ascot to your Itinerary

    Ascot

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    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.

  9. Add Hurley to your Itinerary

    Hurley

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    Hurley is a scattered parish which includes the hamlets of Burchetts Green, Cockpole Green, Warren Row, Knowl Hill. It lies halfway between London and Oxford, being 55 miles from each by river. The river has always been an important part of the village’s history with records of a ford as early as...

  10. Add Bray to your Itinerary

    Bray

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    A pretty riverside parish with a three-mile frontage on the Thames between Maidenhead and Windsor, Bray has become a very popular stopping place for visitors to the Royal Borough as it features a wealth of cottages and houses, fine dining and attractive riverbank properties.

    "And this is law I...