Less than an hour’s drive from central London, Berkshire is a bustling county in southern England with plenty of things to see and do. From rich history to rolling hills, there’s something for everyone in this English county.
In the town of Windsor you'll find the Queen's weekend residence, Windsor Castle. With 1,000 years of architectural history, the castle is an impressive place to visit and one of the best things to do in Berkshire. Other great Windsor attractions include Legoland and the 17th-century Guildhall.
There are many Berkshire towns worth a visit, but the largest one is Reading, which also serves as the county town. There are plenty of exciting things to do in Reading, such as exploring the ruins of Reading Abbey or visiting one of the multiple museums that can be found in the town.
Berkshire is also home to some truly magical pieces of English countryside. The beautiful small town of Newbury is full of history, and was even used for exterior shots of the TV show Downton Abbey. The quaint village of Bray is also a lovely place to explore, and is home to two of the UK’s five restaurants with three Michelin stars.
The River Thames runs through the northern part of the county towards London, and has served as inspiration for artists and writers for generations. One of the most famous novels written based on Berkshire was the Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, whose depiction of the beautiful English countryside was based on his time living in the villages of Berkshire.