Berkshire Accommodation Guide

Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Windsor Castle, Berkshire

The Royal County of Berkshire is a landlocked county in the southeast of England. Often abbreviated to just Berks, Berkshire received its royal title in 1957 due to its direct association with Windsor Castle within which it is situated.

Berkshire is not only famous for its association with Windsor Castle however. It has a long association with sheep farming and still holds the largest annual sheep fair in the country at East Ilsley. It also has a proud association with biscuits! The town of Reading in Berkshire once had the largest biscuit factory in the world and even today the supporters of its football club (Reading FC) are referred to as ‘biscuitmen’.

With so much to see and explore, it is no surprise therefore that Berkshire is one of the most visited counties in England, attracting tourists from all over the world. Over half a million people make an overnight stay in just the Windsor area every year! In this guide we will exhibit some of Berkshire’s best accommodation choices and also explore some of the regions finest attractions.

Berkshire’s main towns include Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Slough, Maidenhead and of course Windsor. Each of these towns have a unique selection of attractions from water parks (such as the Coral Reef in Bracknell) to theme parks such as Thorpe Park (near Staines) and Lego Land (near Windsor).

Many people visit Berkshire specifically to visit Windsor Castle and over 1.5 million pay to visit the castle’s interior every year. However, there are many other impressive mansions and former stately homes to visit in the region. These include the incredible Basildon Park (near Streatley), Clivedon House (near Taplow) and Statfield Saye House (the Duke of Wellington’s estate).

Interestingly, if you are looking to stay near one of these incredible houses, Stay In Britain has many different types of accommodation to choose from in the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for a cosy farmhouse or a traditional thatched cottage, you will find plenty of examples on this site. Alternatively, you might just be looking for a B&B (Bed and Breakfast) or a self-catering apartment – we feature plenty of these too!

The county of Berkshire also has a wealth of stunning natural attractions which should not be missed. These include the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and The Ridgway path, Britain’s oldest road. The wonderful Swinley Forest (part of the Crown Estate) also transcends into Berkshire.

Berkshire shares a land border with several counties including Buckinghamshire to the northeast, with Greater London to the east, with Surrey to the southeast, with Wiltshire to the west, with Hampshire to the south and with Oxfordshire to the north.

Berkshire / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Reading
  • Land Area: 1,262 km2 (487 square miles)
  • Population: 911,403 (2019)
  • Population Density: 722/km2 (1,870/square mile)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 22°C)
  • Days Of Rain: 160 days of rain / 205 dry days per year

Best Attractions In Berkshire

Windsor Castle: Windsor Castle is both the oldest and the largest of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal residences. Originally built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England, the castle is the longest occupied royal palace in all of Europe. The castle is open to the public five days per week. Pre-booking is essential as this is an extremely popular attraction. Entrance into Windsor Great Park is free however.

Ray Mill Island: This beautiful island in the middle of the River Thames at Boulter’s Lock near Maidenhead is one of our favourite places to visit in Berkshire. The island is the site of a former flour mill and is named after the family who built it. There is also an impressive weir with kayak flume, picnic tables, children’s play area and a small petting zoo.

Colne Valley Regional Park: Described as the “first real taste of countryside to the west of London” this wonderful outdoor attraction covers an area of 43 square miles. The park is made up of over 60 lakes and 200km of rivers and canals. It is a wonderful place to spend a day at any time of the year and in any weather.

Best Accommodation In Berkshire

Gleneagles, Sunningdale, BerkshireGleneagles (Sunningdale): Have you ever wanted your own mansion with its own private heated swimming pool? Well, now is your chance! Gleneagles is a stunning luxury holiday house that sleeps 14 people across 7 bedrooms. There is a nearby golf course (Sunningdale) and you are also near to both Ascot race course and Thorpe Park.

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