The county of Berkshire, England
The county of Berkshire lies to the west of London with its eastern boundary adjacent to Greater London. It stretches some 60 miles westwards to the Wiltshire border, with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to the north.
Berkshire is famous for its Castle at Windsor, Eton College and horse racing at Royal Ascot as well as the many picturesque villages and historic houses that are waiting to be enjoyed.
Eastern Berkshire is relatively urbanised whilst the west is rural in character. The River Thames runs along the Northern boundary and the area - together with those counties that also have a boundary with the river, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire - is commonly referred to as the Thames Valley.
Where to stay and things to do in Berkshire
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Selected Berkshire hotels - Please Refresh for another random Hotel listDundas Arms, Kintbury
The Swan At Streatley, Streatley-on-Thames
Calcot Hotel, Reading
Cantley House Hotel, Wokingham
Royal Oak Yattendon, Newbury
Cantley House Hotel, Wokingham
The Bear Hotel at Hungerford, Hungerford
Aurora Garden Hotel, Windsor
Copthorne Hotel Slough Windsor, Slough
Wokefield Park & Golf Club, Reading
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Explore Berkshire Towns
Reading | Aldermaston | Aldershot | Aldworth | Ascot | Ashmore Green | Basingstoke | Beaconsfield | Beenham | Berkshire | Binfield | Bisham | Bourne End | Boxford | Bracknell | Bracknell Forest | Bray | Bray-on-Thames | Buckinghamshire | Burnham | Camberley | Canvey | Caversham | Chaddleworth | Chalfont St Giles | Chieveley | Cliveden | Colnbrook | Cookham | Cookham Dean | Cookham Rise | Cookham-on-Thames | Crazies Hill | Crowthorne | Curridge | Datchet | East Garston | East Ilsley | Egham | Eton | Farnborough | Farnham Common | Frilsham | Frimley Green | Hampstead Norreys | Hare Hatch | Hartley Wintney | Heathrow Airport | Henley on Thames | Henley-on-Thames | Hungerford | Hurley | Hurst | Kintbury | Knowl Hill | Lambourn | Lambourne | Littlewick Green | Maidenhead | Marsh Benham | Mytchett Farnborough | New Windsor | Newbury | Nr Reading | Oxford | Pangbourne | Peasmore | Poyle | Reading | Riseley | Sandhurst | Shiplake | Slough | Sonning | Sonning-on-Thames | South Ascot | Staines | Standford Dingley | Stanford Dingley | Stockcross | Stoke Poges | Stratfield Saye | Streatley | Streatley-on-Thames | Sunningdale | Surrey | Swallowfield | Taplow | Thatcham | Theale | Virginia Water | Waltham St Lawrence | Warfield | West Ilsley | White Waltham | Wickham | Windor | Windsor | Winkfield | Winnersh | Winterbourne | Woking | Wokingham | Woodley | Woolhampton | Worlds End | Yattendon |
Berkshire Tourist Information Centres
Reading Tourist Information Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 1189 566 226
Marlow Tourist Information Centre
31 High Street
Tel: +44 (0) 1628 483 597
Wendover Tourist Information Centre
The Clock Tower
Tel: +44 (0) 1296 696759
Website: click here
Famous people born, lived or buried in Berkshire
Lord Oxford and Asquith, Prime Minister, lived at Sutton Courtenay
Lived at SwaHowfteld and invented a pedometer in 1628.
Sir Benjamin Baker
Builder of the Forth Bridge, lived at Pangbourne.
St.Thomas a Becket
Consecrated Reading Abbey in 1168.
R. D. Blackmore
Author of "Lorna Doone" was born at Longworth.
Author of "Alice in Wonderland" visited Cranbourne Vicarage.
Son of the poet, lived at Buckland House in the 15th Century.
Champion rider and author of racing novels, lives at Blewbury.
Signatory to the Peace Treaty between Great Britain and the U.S-A. in 1783, owned East Shefford.
Sir William Jones
Attorney General to Charles II, owned Weston in 1679. He is remembered as "bull-faced Jonas" in Dryden's "Absolom and Ahitophel".
Sir Thomas More
Chancellor to Henry VIII, Roman Catholic Saint and Martyr. His descendants still live at East Hendred.
Actor and composer, wrote "Perchance to Dream", while living at Red Roofs, Littlewick Green.
Author of "Animal Farm", is buried at Sutton Courtenay.
Founder of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., was born and lived at Ruscombe. He was a Quaker who went to America in 1668 to escape from religious persecution.
Founded the Girl Guide movement at Pinkneys Green in 1910.
Alice, Duchess of Suffolk
Changed sides in the Wars of the Roses, and became Custodian of Wallingford Castle.
Author of "Gulliver's Travels" was a frequent visitor to the Rectory at Letcombe Bassett.
Founder of The Times newspaper, lived at Bearwood, Wokingham.
Secretary of State for India in 1939, lived at Snelsmore.
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