If you haven’t discovered these amazing things to do in Berkshire, you are missing out. History and culture await you at historic English manors and royal theatres staging classic live productions. Head into the Berkshire countryside to find plenty of green areas and some tropical beauty to enjoy. 

    You'll find a wide range of family activities, such as Wellington Country Park, as well as destinations for a romantic evening, such as touring the Basildon Park, the mansion from 'Downton Abbey'.

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    Newbury Racecourse

    See a race and grab a pint

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    With races held year-round, Newbury Racecourse is a great destination for a bit of fun and healthy wagering no matter when you take your holiday. Many events are free to the public, and you can come to enjoy the incredible spectacle and sip a cold pint. 

    Newbury has been the spot for racing in Berkshire for over 200 years, and Newbury Racecourse has been a championship racecourse for over 100 years. Dozens of notable races take place each year, including flat, chase and hurdle, so don’t hesitate to include Newbury Racecourse in your holiday plans.

    Location: Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Rd, Newbury RG14 7NZ, UK

    Open: Hours vary according to events

    Phone: +44 (0)1635 40015

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    Cliveden Estate

    Explore a historic manor dating back over 350 years

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    One of the most brilliant places to spend a few days when you are visiting Berkshire is the Cliveden Estate. Also known as the Cliveden House, this historic English manor has been an architectural icon of the region for over 350 years. 

    It's operational as a hotel nowadays, and you can tour the grounds to witness the beauty of the gardens and the architecture of the stone clocktower that have been attracting visitors year after year.

    Location: Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JF, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1628 668561

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    The Living Rainforest

    Visit an actual rainforest in Berkshire

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    You don’t need to travel thousands of miles to a tropical climate to experience the rainforest when you can visit The Living Rainforest in Hampstead Norreys in Berkshire. Focused on educating visitors about the rainforest and promoting conservation efforts, The Living Rainforest offers the chance to see the natural habitat of fauna and flora and how it can thrive. 

    With monkeys, birds, butterflies, sloths, lizards and all sorts of creepy-crawlies, The Living Rainforest is fun and exciting for kids and adults of all ages.

    Location: Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham RG18 0TN, UK

    Open: Open daily from 9.30 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0) 1635 202444

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    The Savill Garden

    Stroll through serene and vibrant gardens

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    For over 90 years, The Savill Garden has been bringing peace and happiness to those fortunate enough to visit. The interconnected gardens are beyond what is typically thought of as a botanical garden, and there’s a reason why it’s the hidden gem of Windsor Great Park. Each garden section is vibrantly themed to reflect British or international flora. 

    Within each garden section, you might find art and sculptures depending on the season, and some have bridges that allow you a birds-eye view of the soothing sights and smells of The Garden.

    Location: Wick Ln, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UJ, UK

    Open: Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1753 860222

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    Basildon Park

    Visit an 18th-century marvel

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    The immaculate country house of Basildon Park in Lower Basildon is an 18th-century marvel of one of the most prominent families in Berkshire at the time. Nowadays, you can visit the impressively kept grounds of Basildon Park and experience the home seen in the hit show 'Downton Abbey', as well as other productions designed to capture the atmosphere of Victorian England. 

    The massive manor has prominent stone columns to the front that act as an entryway and are visible from the long, winding drive. Come discover the reason that Basildon Park is a national heritage site.

    Location: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, UK

    Open: Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1491 672382

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    Wellington Country Park

    Venture through woodlands and nature trails around a serene lake

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    You and your family can enjoy the 350 acres of Wellington Country Park as you explore the forested woodlands and hike nature trails around a serene lake. You can also visit the petting zoo that has real and fanciful animals to feed and interact with. To get a unique and fun view of the park, you and your kids can take a ride on the miniature railroad that chugs its way to a miniature town. 

    On hot summer days, the splash zone is the perfect way for kids to cool off as they run and leap through waterspouts and jump in the water fountains.

    Location: Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP, UK

    Open: Open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)118 932 6444

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    Kennet Horse Boat Company

    Take a scenic cruise along the River Thames

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    One of the best ways to get a fun unique view of the area is to take a scenic river cruise. The River Thames is London’s most famous waterway for commerce and pleasure, and there are all types of cruises that may suit your fancy. You might take your romantic interest on a dinner cruise, or perhaps you would enjoy a cruise down the Thames to enjoy the sights with family. 

    The River Thames is not the only boat trip, though, as you can check out Berkshire’s own Kennet Horse Boat Company, with its unique horse-drawn cruises on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

    Location: 1 Holt Rd, Kintbury, Hungerford RG17 9UY, UK

    Open: Open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1488 658866

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    Highclere Castle

    Explore a prominent example of Italianate architecture

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    Built in the 19th century, the Highclere Castle harkens back to the Italianate style of architecture, with a distinct castle appeal with tall spires on each corner of the manor. 

    Every detail of Highclere Castle is intricately intended, from the massive stone frame with noble insignia surrounding the iron-accented wooden front doors to the interior tower with sharply-carved, erect stone spires that contrast the peaceful country grounds. If you wanted to tour the grounds, you can easily follow the finely crushed stone paths to see the extent of the over 2,000-hectare estate.

    Location: Highclere Park, Highclere, Newbury RG20 9RN, UK

    Open: Open Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1635 253210

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    Theatre Royal Windsor

    Enjoy a live show in one of the biggest venues in Britain

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    You’ll find proper live entertainment at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, which has provided cultural entertainment for over 100 years. With a nice shot of the Windsor Castle, Theatre Royal Windsor gives you a fresh taste of the British stage, hosting many future hits that are later featured on London's popular West End. 

    The auditorium is immaculate, with velvety red seats, prominent VIP booths and an eye-catching chandelier that's as glamorous as the on-stage performances. The exterior is unassuming, but once you walk in, you’ll see where the magic happens.

    Location: 32 Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PS, UK

    Open: Hours vary depending on showtimes

    Phone: +44 (0)1753 853888

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    Maidenhead Heritage Centre

    Explore history all the way back to the Roman era

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    Maidenhead Heritage Centre is a museum dedicated to regional history dating back to the Roman era. Since 1993, Maidenhead Heritage Centre has provided a fun and educational look at the history and cultural contributions of Berkshire. Especially emphasising World War I and World War II, the centre offers high-definition photos and in-depth narrations of the men and women who fought for liberty over the past century. 

    One of the most popular exhibits is a Spitfire simulator, where you can get into the cockpit of a replica Spitfire and see what it was like to dogfight and manoeuvre.

    Location: 18 Park St, Maidenhead SL6 1SL, UK

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +44 (0)1628 780555

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