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Things To Do in Berkshire

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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 UK 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 Berkshire events guide to find out what's on this week.

Top 10 things to do in Berkshire

For things to do in Reading, Newbury, Maidenhead, Bracknell and other Berkshire towns, browse our pick of the best attractions below or find a more comprehensive list of what to do and places to visit at the bottom of the page.

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 attractions 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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  1. Alexandra Gardens

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    Garden

    Windsor

    Alexandra Gardens is a pretty public garden near the River Thames in Windsor with seating, a bandstand and plenty of grassed areas perfect for picnics.

  2. Stanlake Park Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Reading

    Cellar shop, open Tuesday to Sunday, situated in restored Victorian greenhouse. Wine by the glass can be enjoyed in the walled vineyard garden. Wine tasting in the shop £2 per person.

  3. Spirit of England Tours

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    Walking Tour

    Qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide (English, German and French) to Windsor, London and much more.

  4. Mapledurham House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Reading

    An Elizabethan manor house alongside the River Thames, containing paintings, oak staircases, and moulded ceilings. Home to the Blount family for over 500 years.

  5. Mapledurham Watermill

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    Water Mill

    Reading

    The last working corn and grist watermill on the Thames with parts dating from the 15thC. Flour produced is sold in the shop, and the traditional working machinery can be viewed.

  6. Boat Hire at the Swan at Streatley

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    Boat Hire

    Streatley on Thames

    Explore at your own pace, hire an electric boat from the Swan at Streatley.

  7. Ascot Racecourse

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    Sports Ground

    Ascot

    Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out. The highlight is Royal Ascot in June with five days of tradition, pageantry and style. Outside of Royal Ascot spectacular racing takes place throughout the year.

  8. Windsor Great Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Wick Lane, Englefield Green

    A large deer park of 5,000 acres, Windsor Great Park is located to the south of the town of Windsor. For centuries the park was the private hunting ground of Windsor Castle and today it is largely open to the public.

  9. Stratfield Saye House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Reading

    Home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. Unique collection of paintings, furniture and personal effects of the Great Duke, including his magnificent funeral carriage, military regalia and campaign trophies.

  10. Caversham Heath Golf Club

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    Golf Course

    Reading

    Nestling on the borders of Berkshire & Oxfordshire, just outside of Reading you’ll find Caversham Heath Golf Club.
    The Championship course is set within 250 acres of countryside. The superbly appointed Clubhouse is perfect for weddings, celebrations

  11. Hosehill Lake

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    Lake / Reservoir

    Thatcham

    Hosehill Lake is also a local nature reserve. The path around the lake is a mile long and rustic seating and bird viewing areas at frequent intervals give the visitor time to stop and reflect.

  12. Better Boating Co

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    Marina / Harbour

    Caversham, Reading

    John & Jack Patey welcome you to their family run business, established in 1971.

  13. The Living Rainforest

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    Garden

    Newbury

    Opening times, prices and how to get to this all weather family attraction. Wander beneath the canopy of this living rainforest & see butterflies and birds

  14. Roots Garden Centre

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    Garden Centre

    Thatcham

    Our aim at roots is to provide our customers with a friendly and efficient service at all times. Our highly experienced staff always welcome our customers to come in for ideas and advice.

  15. Bucklebury Farm Park

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    Farm

    Bucklebury, Reading

    Free tractor and trailer rides, hand feed the tamer members of the herd, lots of animals to pat and feed, indoor-slides, adventure playground, nature trail, picnic area & refreshments.

  16. Berkshire Golf Club

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    Golf Course

    Ascot

    Founded in 1928, The Berkshire Golf Club is home to two Herbert Fowler designed courses, both of which are widely regarded as amongst the best in the British Isles.

  17. Reading Marine Services

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    Boat Hire

    Reading

    Barge, canal boat and narrowboat holidays with Reading Marine can give you one of the most enjoyable and enchanting holidays you’ll ever experience.

  18. Shaw House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Newbury

    Shaw House was built by a Newbury clothier in 1581 and retains much of its original Tudor architecture.

  19. Bray Lake Watersports

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    Sports Ground

    Maidenhead

    Join in the fun at Bray Lake Watersports! Take part in Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Dinghy Sailing and Open Water Swimming.

  20. Trilakes Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Sandhurst

    Trilakes Country Park incorporates an animal park, nationally renowned fishing lakes, cafe and a new indoor children's adventure playworld.