Berkshire is a country located in south east England and is approximately 52 miles west of London. It is bordered by the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Greater London, Surrey, Wiltshire and Hampshire.
Some of the most notable towns in Berkshire include: Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Windsor and Sandhurst. You can also visit the villages of Crowthorne and Twyford. In the more rural West Berkshire, popular towns include Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford and Lambourn. Many of these places have cheap accommodation or hostels to stay at.
For fans of the British royal family, Berkshire is an unmissable stop of any itinerary. For starters it is the birthplace of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife to Prince William. She grew up in Chapel Row which is near Newbury.
Berkshire also plays host to Windsor Castle. This castle is the oldest and biggest occupied castle in the world. It is located in Windsor, Berkshire and is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth. For the price of admission, you can tour the castle and see the magnificent state apartments, St George’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Dolls House and the drawings gallery.
If you are a fan of live music and hoping to visit Berkshire around August, consider getting tickets to the Reading Festival. This is one of the UK’s biggest music festivals that is held over the August bank holiday and plays host to many internationally famous musicians over three days.
Other things to do in Berkshire include visiting museums; the West Berkshire Museum in Newburg or the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum in Windsor are two options for this.
The famous Stonehenge is also just an hour’s drive away from Berkshire and a trip to this mysterious site is definitely worth a day trip.
You can also check out The Living Rainforest in Newbury, Cora Reef Bracknell’s Water World in Bracknell, the Motion Simulation Room in Slough or The Swan at Streatley Spa in Reading. Alternatively, try the French Brothers Boat Trips in Old Windsor.
Many British celebrities have also once called Berkshire home. Among these stars are Jimmy Carr, Ricky Gervais, Nicholas Hoult, Elton John, Emilia Clarke and Kate Winslet.
Accommodation-wise, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a hostel in Berkshire as many of the larger towns in the area will have cheap accommodation and hostels available. You could even opt for booking a hostel in Oxford. Although Oxford is not in Berkshire itself, it is only a 45 minute drive away and is a popular spot for backpackers.
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