Towns & Villages
One of Berkshire's largest towns, Newbury is a perfect place for a short break or as a base to explore the heart of South East England.
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 attractions. The retail offer is a good mix of well known high street names and local independents. In October 2011 the town became an even more attractive shopping destination with the opening of Parkway, an open street development in the heart of the town.
There are also many lively cafes and restaurants in the town centre for you to enjoy a quick coffee or a bite to eat. The Corn Exchange arts centre provides a wide variety of entertainment and Vue cinema is also close by.
The countryside surrounding Newbury is part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs right through the district from the outskirts of Reading to Hungerford. Newbury is home to a top class racecourse as well as being home to the country's finest racing stables. If you like to spend time on the golf course, coarse fishing or strolling along the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal, cycling or cantering over the rolling Berkshire Downs, there is plenty to offer everyone.
Things to see and do in Newbury...
- Shaw House is the largest Elizabethan house in Berkshire, restored in 2007.
- Newbury is known worldwide for its excellent horse racing events - Newbury Racecourse is one of the most picturesque courses in the UK.
- Visit nearby Highclere Castle, the largest mansion in Hampshire and the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon.
- A visit to The Living Rainforest is a rare opportunity to see some of the wonderful plants and wildlife that the world is losing as rainforests disappear.
More Newbury Information
Newbury Tourist Information Centre is located on the Wharf. It's full of events and listings news and accommodation listings, as well as general information about the area.
Offering 30 racedays throughout 2011, Newbury is an award-winning racecourse staging some of...0.86 miles away
After many years as a military site, Greenham and Crookham Common has been restored and reopened to...1.52 miles away
The beautiful and intimate Watermill Theatre, housed in a converted mill on the bank of the river...1.76 miles away
The Nature Discovery Centre offers organic refreshments, interactive wildlife activities ,...2.18 miles away
Heathland, valley bog and woodland. Suitable for most quiet recreational activities such as walking...2.81 miles away
Our aim at roots is to provide our customers with a friendly and efficient service at all times....3.86 miles away
This red-brick chapel was built in the 1920s for the artist, Stanley Spencer to fill with murals...3.91 miles away
Traditional horse-drawn and motorised canal boats. Kennet and Avon Canal. Refreshments, coach...5.41 miles away
Highclere Castle is a splendid example of early Victorian architecture. The home of the Earl &...5.54 miles away
Alabaster nobles and wall paintings in a rural idyll.
This simple little church, with pre-Norman...6.65 miles away
Wander beneath the canopy of this living rainforest recreation and watch for free roaming...7.04 miles away
Free tractor and trailer rides, hand feed the tamer members of the herd, lots of animals to pat and...7.2 miles away
Canal and Tipi Experience. Canal boat (narrow boat) hire on the Kennet and Avon Canal or the River...7.3 miles away
Barge, canal boat and narrowboat holidays with Reading Marine can give you one of the most...8.12 miles away
Wonderful countryside sites, both hosting a wide varierty of plants and animals and perfect for...9.38 miles away
Classical 18thC house by John Carr of York, with an unusual Octagon Room, fine plasterwork and the...10.94 miles away