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20 Parks to explore in Berkshire

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.

Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra GardensAlexandra Gardens, Windsor SL4, UK

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.

Beale Park
Beale ParkLower Basildon, Pangbourne, Reading RG8 9NW, UK

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 Country Park
Black Park Country ParkBlack Park Rd, Slough SL3 6DS, UK

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.

Bucklebury Farm & Deer Safari Park
Bucklebury Farm & Deer Safari ParkBucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR, UK

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.

Colne Valley Regional Park
Colne Valley Regional ParkDenham Ct Dr, Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5PG, UK

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.

Dinton Pastures Country Park
Dinton Pastures Country ParkDavis St, Hurst, Wokingham RG10 0TH, UK

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.

Frimley Lodge Park
Frimley Lodge ParkSturt Rd, Frimley Green, Camberley GU16 6HY, UK

Frimley Lodge Park is a 24-hectare site that boasts a range of facilities for all ages and hosts events for all the family including lots of open space and woodland, picnic areas, two children's playgrounds, a trim trail, miniature railway, and meadows. The Basingstoke canal runs along the eastern boundary with a towpath and lots of space, woodland, cafeteria, miniature railway and pitch & putt course.

Go Ape Black Park (Treetop Adventure, Nets, Segways, Zip Lines, High Ropes)

Black Park is a country park in Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England, with an area of 250 hectares. It has a mixed and coniferous woodland and some areas of acid grassland. It has a varied fauna, and insects include the nationally rare Roesel's bush cricket. It is popular with walkers and dog owners due to the wide open spaces and well-maintained routes.

National Trust - Basildon Park
National Trust - Basildon ParkLower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, UK

Basildon Park was built in 1776-83 by John Carr of York for Francis Sykes who made a fortune in service with the East India Company. It is owned by the National Trust and is a Grade I listed building. Designed by John Carr in the Palladian style at a time when Palladianism was giving way to the newly fashionable neoclassicism. Today, Basildon Park is as notable for its mid-twentieth-century renaissance and restoration, by Lord and Lady Iliffe, as it is for its architecture.

NT Basildon Park Grounds
NT Basildon Park GroundsLower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, UK

Basildon Park is made up of 400 acres of parkland and woodland. There are four way-marked trails that you can follow around the property. The house was built between 1776 and 1783 for Sir Francis Sykes and designed by John Carr in the Palladian style at a time when Palladianism was giving way to the newly fashionable neoclassicism. Thus, the interiors are in a neoclassical "Adamesque" style.

Prospect Park
Prospect ParkLiebenrood Rd, Reading RG30 2ND, UK

Prospect Park is a public park in the western suburbs of Reading situated north of the Bath Road in the English county of Berkshire. It is the largest and most popular park in Reading and includes a large regency-style house, now known as Prospect Park Mansion House and previously as Prospect House. There are also sporting facilities and a miniature railway within the 50 hectares of parkland, and a restaurant in the Mansion House.

Stoke Gardens
Stoke GardensStoke Gardens, Slough SL1, UK

Stoke Park, Europe’s leading five Red Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club, is set among 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments created over the past one thousand years. It provides a unique combination of the traditions of an exclusive members’ club and the best of today’s sporting, leisure, entertaining, corporate and hotel facilities.

Stonor Park
Stonor ParkStonor, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF, UK

Home to the Stonor family for 850 years with a rich history, art, treasure, gardens, family days out and deer. Nestled in a Chiltern Valley the house dominates a magnificent view of the beautiful deer park and woodland. Beyond the warm red brick Jacobean façade, a stroll through the house is a vivid walk through history.

The Long Walk
The Long WalkThe Long Walk, Windsor SL4 1BP, UK

The Long Walk is the straight path that links Windsor Castle with Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park. It measures 2.64 miles in length. So a run there and back is a great distance for joggers and is a very popular route for walkers too.

The Nature Discovery Centre
The Nature Discovery CentreLower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU, UK

The Nature Discovery Centre is a 35-hectare nature reserve in Thatcham in Berkshire. It provides a wonderful day out for all the family! Walk around Thatcham Lake, visit our reedbed nature reserve, feed the ducks, and let off steam in the adventure playgrounds. Enjoy delicious, organic refreshments served in our Lakeside cafe.

Thorpe Park Resort
Thorpe Park ResortStaines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN, UK

THORPE PARK Resort is ‘An Island Like No Other’ and the must-visit UK destination to scream louder, laugh harder and share endless fun. Enjoy over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events like ANGRY BIRDS LAND or the UK’s first winged rollercoaster THE SWARM. Make sure to also check in and chill at the fin-tastic THORPE SHARK Hotel – a unique sleepover experience featuring bite-sized rooms that sleep up-to four people.

Tittenhurst Park
Tittenhurst ParkLondon Rd, Ascot SL5 0PP, UK

Tittenhurst Park is a Grade II listed early Georgian country house in an estate of 72 acres (29 hectares) off London Road at Beggar's Bush near Ascot and over the parish border into Sunningdale, both in the English county of Berkshire. It was famously the home of musicians John Lennon and Yoko Ono from the late summer of 1969 until August 1971, and then the home of Ringo Starr and family from 1973 until the late 1980s.

Welford Park
Welford ParkWelford, Newbury RG20 8HU, UK

Welford Park is a private estate with a fabulous snowdrop collection. They thrive on chalky soil. Parkland and gardens surrounding an elegant Queen Anne manor. The gardens are best known for the Snowdrop Woods, with early flowering snowdrops in bloom through February and early March. The estate opens its grounds to the public every year for about four weeks to enable visitors to see the carpets of snowdrops that line the riverbanks and flow through the nearby woods.

Wellington Country Park
Wellington Country ParkOdiham Rd, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP, UK

Wellington Country Park is a country park in Riseley. It consists of 350 acres (1.4 km2) of coniferous and deciduous woodlands which offers a lot of activities. It also comprises of beautiful lakes, playgrounds, mini-golf, an Animal Farm, Miniature Railway, Jumping Pillow, and more.

Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great ParkThe Crown Estate Windsor Great Park SL4 2HT, UK

Windsor Great Park covers 4800 acres. This is the remnants of the private hunting grounds that used to stretch for miles and miles back in medieval times. It is still a substantial piece of real estate owned by the Crown Estate, containing several farms, forestry land, polo fields, and much else besides. Much of it is open to the public. Windsor Great Park also contains the Savill Garden, the Valley Garden and Virginia Water. Virginia Water is a serpentine lake formed in 1750.

Map of Parks to explore in Berkshire