Royal County of Berkshire

Located in the south east of England, Berkshire is one of the oldest counties in Britain (circa 840).

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Berkshire is known for its long history of sheep farming and one of the largest sheep fairs in the country is still held at East Ilsley. The county is also home to one the oldest and largest Royal Residences in the World - Windsor Castle. The castle remains one of the Queen's official residences, which is why the county is known as the "Royal County of Berkshire".

The mighty River Thames runs along Berkshire's north east border, from Old Windsor, via Henley, Readingand Pangbourne up to Goring. This scenic waterway was once a major trade route for the county but is now mainly used for boating, leisure craft and pleasure trips.

The ancient tradition of 'Swan Upping' is carried out each year on the river, under the Shadow of Windsor Castle. The tradition dates back to the 12th-c when the crown claimed ownership of all the swans in the country. Mute swans being an important food source for royalty at banquets and feasts. Fortunately swans are no longer eaten by royalty and today this annual census consists of a rounding up of the swans to collect data and assessing the health of the birds. The Swans have their own protector on the Thames (Queen's Swan Marker), who is responsible for their protection and conservation.

The chalk downs to the west of Berkshire form a ridge over which runs a very ancient trackway known as the Ridgeway (also part of the Icknield Way connecting east and west Britain).

Berkshire has several ancient and important military institutions, including the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The area is also magnificent horse country and the world renowned Lambourn is the centre for horse racing, with flat racing and steeple-chasing regularly taking place at Ascot and Newbury.

Interesting places in Berkshire

Fines Bayliwick

London Road, Binfield, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 4AB
Tel: +44 1344 860126 Email:

Welcome to Fines Bayliwick – Exclusive Hotel in Bracknell

Charming Victorian themed Hotel conveniently located near Bracknell and M4 is the ideal home away from home for a busy traveller.

An elegant conservatory dining room with a licensed bar, hotel features a

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Honeybones B&B

33 Bourne Vale, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0LL
Tel: 01488 683228 Email:

ALDERBORNE House is the family home of Colin & Pat Honeybone, located on the southern edge of the town in a quiet location. Backing on to open countryside with far reaching views of the Berkshire and Wiltshire Countryside. We are a short walk from the town centre, railway station and the Kennet and Avon Canal.

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Pincents Manor

Pincents Lane, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire RG31 4UQ
Tel: + 44 (0)118 932 3511 Email:

Perfect for business, events and your special day

Set in two acres of tranquil grounds, Pincents Manor is ideally located in the South of England for all your business conference, wedding and event requirements. Pincents Manor combines the impressive features of the original grade two Manor House, along with the a brand new state

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The Hare & Hounds at Speen

Bath Road, Speen, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 1QY
Tel: 01635 521152

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Our privately owned Coaching Hotel, located on the outskirts of Newbury, has continued to offer bed & breakfast and a warm welcoming bar & restaurant in Newbury for over 250 years.

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The Coppid Beech Hotel

John Nike Way, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 8TF
Tel: +44 (0) 1344 303 333 Email:

Wonderfully located in Royal Berkshire, situated near to Windsor, Ascot and only 45 minutes from the centre of London and Heathrow airport, our Alpine style hotel offers everything from leisure breaks and corporate events to tribute nights, superb dining and impeccable service.

Perfectly located as a base for many of local attractions such as Windsor,

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The Lawn Hotel

74 Bath Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 2BE
Tel: +44 (0)118 959 0342 Email:

We are a small friendly hotel with spacious and comfortable bedrooms all en-suite, and complete with TV, tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone and free internet service. The Lawn Hotel is situated in a discrete setting of the main Bath Road in Reading.

This unique hotel has retained its original Victorian features, yet again; all

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Frederick’s Hotel

Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2PZ
Tel: +44 (0)1628 581 000 Email:

Fredrick’s Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is a luxury four star hotel with 37 individually styled bedrooms and suites and versatile areas in which to relax and unwind.

Ideal for business or leisure – unobtrusive service, attention to detail and the guest’s interest is at the heart of this famous hotel.

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The Christopher Hotel

110 High Street, Eton, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6AN
Tel: +44 (0) 1753 852359 Email:

The Christopher Hotel, Restaurant and Bar is a former Coaching Inn dating back to 1711 and recently modernised to a high standard. Situated in the heart of Eton and surrounded by antique shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants and close to the world famous Eton College.
Eton is separated from Royal Windsor by a pedestrian bridge over the

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Monkey Island Hotel

Bray-on-Thames, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Tel: +44 1628 583 517 Email:

Thank you for visiting our temporary website and for your interest in Monkey Island Hotel.
Monkey Island Hotel is currently closed for major renovation by YTL Hotels and will re-open in late 2017.

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The Dial House

62 Dukes Ride, Crowthorne RG45 6DL
Tel: 01344 776941 Email:

A warm welcome awaits you at The Dial House Hotel and Restaurant in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

Dial House Hotel is ideally located between Bracknell & Sandhurst , easy access to Bracknell, Sandhurst , Wokingham and Camberley yet located in the heart of a small village, The Dial House Hotel is an independent

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