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Berkshire Introduction

As one of England’s Home Counties, Berkshire, with its bustling towns and lush green countryside, is the ideal holiday destination for those seeking countryside delights, exciting experiences and fun attractions for all the family. Peppered with large towns like Slough and Reading, Berkshire is just a stones’ throw away from London. Travellers can take in historic Windsor Castle, visit the family-friendly Legoland, experience the iconic Reading Festival or simply get away from it all boating on the River Thames.

Hotels in Berkshire

The Royal County of Berkshire has the full range of accommodation options to choose from, ranging from central B&Bs and cosy inns to 5-star spa hotels and boutique country houses. As you’d expect from an area just shy of 500 square miles, there are hundreds of excellent places to select as your Berkshire base. Hotels in Windsor and Ascot, tend to be more expensive but still have a good range of discount hotels. Larger urban areas like Slough and Maidenhead may have fewer attractions for grand days out but they’re still attractively close and have excellent transport links.

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Where to stay

Windsor, just south of Slough and near the M25, offers many of the county’s high-end spaces, though you’ll also find them throughout east and west Berks. In fact, some of the best spa hotels are to be found in nearby Maidenhead and over in Newbury with some excellent wine cellars ready to be sampled. The North Wessex Downs AONB covers much of west Berkshire, where there are country inns and riverside hotels to keep those hoping for a scenic getaway content. Reading has much to offer both in terms of attractions and accommodation, from hostels to modern high-rise hotels.

Things to see

The eastern side of the county is home to Windsor Castle. Founded in the 11th century and home to 39 monarchs over its 900-year history, this majestic royal residence offers tours of state apartments and showcases shimmering suits of armour year-round. Only a few miles away, at the other end of the attraction spectrum, is Legoland Windsor Resort. Opened in 1996, Legoland quickly became one of the nation’s favourite family attractions, and while it's primarily aimed at families with children between the ages of 3 and 12, there's something for everyone to enjoy, from rollercoasters to Miniland, a Lego-brick small world. Reading Museum offers a fascinating insight into local and county history through the ages, and the Living Rainforest near Newbury offers a chance to see tropical plants and animals in the heart of England.

How to get to Berkshire

The roads are the easiest way to travel in Berkshire as the M4 runs straight through the middle of the county from London to Bristol, just over an hours’ drive to the west. Most places lie within 10 miles of the motorway via an excellent A-road structure. Heathrow airport is just on the other side of the M25, for those arriving by air. Berkshire also has excellent rail links which are handy for travelling from the capital or further afield. Once at your destination, there are many local bus services to help you get around at a reasonable cost.

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