Top 85 attractions to explore in Berkshire
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. Berkshire was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974.
Aldershot Military Museum tells the story of daily life for both soldiers and civilians in the town since 1854. The Museum tells the story of the British Army in Aldershot, the "Home of the British Army", from the Army's arrival in the area in the 1850s to the present day. Explore the site, admire the tanks and vehicles, join in with the hands-on activities and let your kids take on the assault course challenge.
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. There are lovely big trees and lovely colourful garden displays at various times during the year. The park is fenced on almost all sides so easy to contain small children and let them run and explore at a distance. There is a small fun fair that caters for children and I felt the rides were very reasonably priced.
Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out. It has a spectacular racing takes place throughout the year, each raceday offering a unique theme and atmosphere including a summer cocktail party in July, a Beer Festival in October and Fireworks in November as well as five dedicated family racedays and much more.
The Basingstoke Canal in North Hampshire was built between 1788 and 1794 and is 32 miles long with 29 locks. After many years of restoration, it is now fully navigable and a boater’s paradise. The canal flows between the village of Greywell in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey before connecting to the River Wey Navigation, which in turn joins the River Thames.
Beale Park is an outdoor wildlife park within 30 acres set against the River Thames in Berkshire. A home to an exciting mix of animals and attractions. With fun, adventure, animals, gardens, activities and play on the banks of the beautiful River Thames, there will be something for everybody in this wildlife park and gardens.
Black Park covers over 500 acres of woodland, heathland, and open space in South Buckinghamshire. It comprises of an adventure playground and Go Ape, miles of beautiful woodland tracks and trails, and opportunities for wildlife spotting, the park offers something for everyone to enjoy. It has a varied fauna, and insects include the nationally rare Roesel's bush cricket. There are eighteen species of butterfly, birds including hobbies and nightjars, and snakes and lizards.
Boulter's Lock is a lock and weir on the River Thames in England north-east of Maidenhead town center, Berkshire. It is an impressive late Victorian family home filled with warmth and understanding. Elegant and welcoming, our spacious accommodation retains many of its original features to provide a safe, appealing, and comfortable home for our residents.
The Bray lake offers a lot of water sports activities. Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Dinghy Sailing, and Open Water Swimming. The center is open 7 days a week and offers equipment hire, demo kit, own equipment launches, children’s holiday courses, private / group tuition, club training sessions, and excursions.
Bucklebury Farm Park is an animal park located at Bucklebury in Berkshire, England. The Farm Park consists of mostly Animals, Play equipment, Deer and Woody's Cafe which opened in 2013. Bucklebury Farm Park also houses a revolutionary Jumping Pillow which is one of only few in the UK. It was one of the iconic locations in this area which gives you a new experience.
Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common are located in Buckinghamshire to the West of London and are registered charities. It is characterised by a mixture of ancient woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams, grassland, mire and heathland. It is also a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation.
One-hundred-and-fifty acres of beautiful and varied countryside. Paths run through ancient bogland, past heathland and Longmoor Nature Reserve. Six-acre lake with resident geese and swans. Public coarse fishery, adventure play area, cafe, Longmoor Bog SSSI. Outdoor paddling pool open during summer holidays only.
Cliveden is perhaps one of the best-known stately homes, revered for its fabulous setting and fascinating past. The house has been home to three Dukes, an Earl, the Astors, and a Prince of Wales, each of whom left their mark on this unique setting. One of the iconic locations in this area and it attracts a number of tourists to here.
A beautiful 27,500 acres of parks, green spaces, and reservoirs alongside the often multi-channel River Colne. |This park aims to highlight this fantastic and varied area, its history, rich landscape, and biodiversity. Many people live, work and visit the Colne Valley, but too few realize it forms part of a vibrant regional park. One of the iconic location where you can spend some free time in the middle of nature.
Combe Gibbet is a double gibbet standing 25 feet high on the summit of Inkpen Beacon, about four miles south of Hungerford, but clearly visible from the town in fine weather. It marks the boundary between Inkpen and Combe and stands in the middle of a neolithic long-barrow. a gibbet is a name for any device that is used to carry out a public execution, the term gibbeting more commonly refers to hanging gallows.
Crofton Beam Engines, set in unspoiled Wiltshire countryside close to the old market town of Marlborough, is an ideal spot for exploring the Kennet and Avon Canal, with The Engineman’s Rest Café, picnic area and gift shop on site. The steam-powered pumping station is preserved and operates on selected weekends.
Didcot Railway Centre is a former Great Western Railway engine-shed and locomotive stabling point located in Didcot. It has a fine collection of over 20 locomotives, passenger coaches and freight wagons. Visitors will be able to take a trip behind one of the Great Western Railway’s steam express engines on the Centre’s demonstration line at weekends and Wednesdays.
Dinton Pastures Country Park covers just over 335 acres. The park is open daily. It has 7 lakes, 2 rivers, 3 public bird hides, and meadows, orienteering course, children's play area, countryside centre, a small exhibition and cafe. The two rivers that flow through the park are the River Loddon and the Emm Brook. It is one of the beautiful locations which provides a lot of activities around.
The Donnington Castle is a ruined medieval castle that was held by the Abberbury family from 1287. It consists originally of a curtain wall with four round corner towers, two square wall towers, and a substantial gatehouse, constructed around a courtyard in the style typical of the fortified residences of the period. The site is under the care of English Heritage and is protected from unauthorised change as a scheduled ancient monument.
Dorney Court is one of England's most uniquely beautiful Tudor Manor Houses set amidst acres of mature parkland and encircled by well-tended yew hedges. This house has been lived in by the Palmer family for more than 450 years – this remarkable and characterful building has been passed from father to son over thirteen generations.
Dorney Lake is a purpose-built rowing lake in England. It is near the village of Dorney, Buckinghamshire, and is around 3 km (2 miles) west of Windsor and Eton, close to the River Thames. Open to the public all year round, come and experience the awe inspiring 2,200m Olympic Standard Lake or explore the 400 acres of Arboretum Parkland boasting over 30,000 trees of both native and exotic species.
Map of attractions in Berkshire