Hotels & Accommodation – West Berkshire, UK
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West Berkshire in England is one of the posher counties and has been home to royalty since the 1100’s. It is the birth place of a number of famous people including Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, Chris Tarrant – Who wants to be a Millionaire TV presenter and Michael Bond the author and creator of Paddington Bear.
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Top 4 Places to Visit in West Berkshire
The village of Streatley is located along the river Thames, historically the village used to be owned by the Morrell family who was a family of brewers. In 1939 the last member of the family died and the estate was split up and sold.
For a small village, there is plenty to enjoy here, especially if you are a nature lover. You can take relaxing and peaceful walks on Lardon Chase owned by the national trust and enjoy the views of neighbouring village Goring or even book on a boat trip and cruise along the river with a picnic!Search Hotels Here
Famously known for the Hungerford massacre when in 1987 antique dealer Michael Ryan shot over 16 people and then himself dead in this small town, the events of that day that shook the community are known only as “the tragedy” and are hardly mentioned by those who remember it. It was and still is the biggest mass shooting in the UK to this day.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, Hungerford is a beautiful historic market town which is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Its stunning canal, history and wealth of antique shops are just some of the things that attract tourists here each year.Search Hotels Here
This small town has a huge amount to offer, its famous racecourse alone attracts hundreds of tourists to the area over the race season, but it doesn’t stop there! Arlington Arts, The Watermill Theater and the Corn Exchange are extremely popular and famous art venues in the area that also attract visitors.
Newbury is also home to the glorious Highclere Castle, if this doesn’t ring a bell to you then Downton Abbey certainly will do; Highclere castle was the filming location for the popular ITV program and you can walk around this stunning historical building and see where all the action took place.Search Hotels Here
This stunning little village is full of character and surrounded by beautiful nature, full of individual shops and unique cafes. Here the River Pang joins the River Thames, you can relax by the riverside people or wildlife watching listening to the relaxing sound of the water. A great place to eat is The Herd Restaurant which is famous in the area for its delicious steaks.
Pangbourne is also well known for the book ‘The Wind and the Willows’ where it is said the author Kenneth Grahame got the inspiration for the story as he loved the river so much. After his book was published he retired in this very village.Search Hotels Here
Location of airports in West Berkshire
Heathrow is the closest to West Berkshire at 38 miles away, 40 mins travel time by car.
Gatwick airport is just as easy to reach as Luton Airport. It is 64 miles away around 1hr 15mins drive.
West Berkshire to Luton airport is 65 miles away which depending on traffic takes around 1hr 15mins.
The nightlife in West Berkshire happens in Newbury which is around 20 miles away.
Fancy a unique, rustic and chic night out? then Newbury is your place!
Fancy wine bars, historical inns and original pubs with character will really make your night here a memorable one, if your one who likes to party later it also has its fir share of clubs that go on until the early hours.
Scenery and places to see
If you are visiting the West Berkshire area then we high recommend a visit to the North Wessex Downs (AONB), this area became famous from Richard Adam’s book Watership down where the book was set. There is so much to see here and take in, it really is such an amazing and beautiful place.
You can visit the living rain forest, an area of tropical glass houses where you can see more than 700 species of tropical plants and animals, great for kids and learning. Other popular sites in this area are Wittenham clumps, West Woods, White Horse Hill, Letcombe Valley, Nature reserve and Pewsey Downs where you can explore chalk downland and Barbury Castle.
There is a huge amount of fascinating historical sites, castles and grand Victorian buildings to be viewed in this area, one of the most popular and well known is Highclere Castle, the film location and setting for the popular ITV show Downton Abbey.
Many of the towns and villages have period properties and buildings dating from hundreds of years ago that can still be seen to this day and have been kept in good condition.