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50 local attractions

Whether you're looking for country pursuits, wandering around stately homes, days out with the kids or a spot of retail therapy, The Retreat is the perfect base.

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Historic Houses

Highclere Castle

12 miles

Enjoy a breathtaking cross-country drive to this stunning 17th century country house,  home to the acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey.

Historic Houses

Shaw House

6 miles

One of the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England, historically fascinating and set in tranquil gardens.

Historic Houses

Welford Park

4 miles

A beautiful country house and estate in the village of Welford, 5 miles from The Retreat, Welford Park is open for special events and limited times round the year.

Historic Houses

Blenheim Palace

40 miles

Located near Oxford in Woodstock, this extraordinary English baroque-period stately home is  a world heritage site with 300 years of history.

Historic Houses

Englefield House

22 miles

An Elizabethan country house in nearby Theale, often used as a film and TV location. The gardens are open to the public all year round on weekdays.

Historic Houses

Ashdown House

15 miles

A National Trust property with a history of romance, war and royalty, Ashdown House is an unusual Dutch-style house with beautiful woodlands

Country Pursuits

Fishing

1 mile

Barton Court Estate serves up the crystal-clear water, that is home to some of the finest trout and grayling to be found in the country.

Country Pursuits

Boat Trips

2 miles

A boat trip is the ultimate way to relax and take in the magnificent Kennet & Avon Canal scenery.

Country Pursuits

Shooting

8 miles

We have teamed up with local shooting school Pennsport to offer guests a range of shooting experiences.

Country Pursuits

Horse Riding

4 miles

Little Hidden Farm in nearby Hungerford is a relaxed, family-owned riding school.

Country Pursuits

Walks

Start at The Retreat

Starting and finishing right here at The Retreat, our 5km and 9km walks are a perfect way to discover the local countryside and wildlife. 

Country Pursuits

A day at the races

7 miles

Newbury’s famous racecourse hosts fixtures and events throughout the year, and The Retreat will be marking some of these fixtures with special events.

Local History

West Berkshire Museum

6 miles

Housed in two of Newbury's most historic buildings, the recently refurbished West Berkshire Museum tells the fascinating story of the local area with a huge range of exhibits.

Local History

Donnington Castle

5 miles

The remains of medieval Donnington Castle offer a glimpse of history and a good base for walking, with great views of the area and lovely picnic spots.

Local History

Sandham Memorial Chapel

10 miles

The world-famous chapel was built to accommodate a series of paintings by Stanley Spencer, inspired by his own experiences of the First World War. 

Local History

The Merchants House

14 miles

A glorious restoration of a 17th Century silk merchant's house, incorporating the Marlborough Museum. 

Local History

Greenham Common & Control Tower

8 miles

The famous airbase is now a large nature reserve with wild ponies, cattle and more, perfect for rambling and exploring. The runway and bunkers are still visible, and you can look around the original control tower.

Local History

Crofton Beam Engines

11 miles

Step into our industrial and social history and turn back the clock to a time when steam was king. 

Local History

Avebury

20 miles

Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, one of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain.

Fresh Air

Highclere Estate Walks

12 miles

There’s a whole host of stunning walks on the Highclere estate, including one that leads to Heaven’s gate, so called because it frames a perfect view of Highclere Castle. 

Fresh Air

Uffington White Horse

18 miles

Ancient rolling downland, home to an enigmatic chalk hill figure

 

Fresh Air

Explore Kintbury

2 miles

Our nearest village, Kintbury is steeped in heritage and nature. The best way to explore it is on foot...

Fresh Air

Kennet & Avon Canal

2 miles

Slow the pace and return to a simpler age as you take in this stunning rural canal and its adjacent river, easily accessible from Kintbury, a stones throw from The Retreat.

Fresh Air

Savernake Forest

13 miles

A “Special Site of Scientific Interest” and covering 4500 acres, Savernake Forest is also home to the ancient Big Belly Oak and Duke’s Vaunt Oak – lose yourself in nature!

Fresh Air

Beacon Hill

12 miles

One of the best known iron age hill forts in England, and part of the Highclere Estate. 

Fresh Air

Snelsmore Common

7 miles

A wander through nearby Snelsmore Common will take in a range of habitats and wildlife.

Fresh Air

Combe Gibbet

6 miles

A short, stunning drive from The Retreat, Combe Gibbet strikes an imposing and haunting image on top of "Gallows Down".

Fresh Air

Watership Down

14 miles

A few bunny-hops from The Retreat is the real Watership Down, popular with walkers and cyclists, and the inspiration for Richard Adams' beloved novel.

Music

Arlington Arts

7 miles

Live music, theatre, dance, comedy and arts, operating on behalf of the Mary Hare School for the Deaf Charity

Theatre

Watermill Theatre

5 miles

Newbury's famous Watermill Theatre, set in the picturesque village of Bagnor,  is home to a programme of high-quality productions.

Theatre

The Corn Exchange

6 miles

A beautiful Grade II listed 19th century building in the very heart of Newbury’s Market Place that presents and produces theatre, dance, music, film, comedy and visual arts.

Shopping

Antique Hunting

4 miles

Hungerford is just a 5 minute drive from The Retreat and is a fascinating treasure trove, with around 15 antique shops on or near the High Street.

Shopping

Newbury

6 miles

A historic market town, with a proper high street and a charming market square , as well as a the modern Parkway Shopping Centre and canal wharf, parks, a museum and more.

Shopping

Cobbs Farm Shop

5 miles

A superb local farm shop, with pick-your-own fruit, children's play, cafe and more.

Shopping

Designer Outlet Swindon

22 miles

Housed in the Grade II listed buildings of the Great Western Railway Works, McArthurGlen's Swindon Designer Outlet outpost is one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe.

Lifestyle

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

19 miles

Uncover the secrets of the world-famous gin on the site of an historic paper mill in the Hampshire countryside. 

Lifestyle

Podium Cafe

6 miles

A new destination like no other blending delicious specialty coffee with iconic supercars.

Golf

Deanwood Park

3 miles

Deanwood Park Golf Club, a treasure in England's most beautiful county: Royal Berkshire, with rolling downs, tranquil rivers and friendly people. 

Golf

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club

6 miles

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club provides the perfect venue for your golf. With a superb golf course and a welcome to match.

Family Days Out

Escape Rooms

6 miles

Step into the world of Adventures with a wonderful immersive escape room experience.

 

Family Days Out

4 Kingdoms

13 miles

This wonderful Adventure & Farm Park, just outside Newbury, is a place to create memories for old and young alike. 

Family Days Out

Cobbs Farm Shop & Playbarn

5 miles

At Cobbs Farm in Hungerford, there’s indoor and outdoor play for younger guests, as well as a farm shop, milkshake bus and pick-your-own fruit.

Family Days Out

Bucklebury Farm

14 miles

This picturesque animal park to the west of Newbury has lots of animals to meet, pet and feed, including deer, pigs, alpacas, lambs and ponies. 

Family Days Out

The Living Rainforest

14 miles

At the Living Rainforest you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest. 

Family Days Out

Beale Park

26 miles

An outdoor wildlife park within 40 acres set against the River Thames, and home to an exciting mix of animals and attractions.

Family Days Out

Science Centre

33 miles

Electrifying science, out-of-this-world space journeys, outdoor nature explorations and hands-on fun, perfect for enquiring minds and playful hands. 

Family Days Out

Nature Discovery Centre

8 miles

Set next to Thatcham Lakes, The Nature Discovery Centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays, and has wonderful lakeside walks.

Family Days Out

The Hawk Conservancy

22 miles

Set within 22-acres of stunning countryside, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is an award-winning visitor attraction. 

Highclere Castle

12 miles

Enjoy a breathtaking cross-country drive to this stunning 17th century country house,  home to the acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey, just 15 minutes from The Retreat. Advance booking advised.

Highclere Castle Wesbite >>

Shaw House

6 miles

One of the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England, historically fascinating and set in tranquil gardens.

Shaw House Wesbite >>

Welford Park

4 miles

A beautiful country house and estate in the village of Welford, 5 miles from The Retreat, Welford Park is open for special events and limited times round the year. Please visit the website for details.

Welford Park Website >>

Blenheim Palace

40 miles

This extraordinary English baroque-period stately home is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a world heritage site with 300 years of history.

Blenheim Palace Website ..

Englefield House

22 miles

Englefield House Website >>

Ashdown House

15 miles

Ashdown House Website >>

Fishing

1 mile

Just two minutes drive from The Retreat, Barton Court Estate serves up the crystal-clear water, that is home to some of the finest trout and grayling to be found in the country.

Barton Court Website

Boat Trips

2 miles

Whether you choose the horse-drawn barge, a leisurely cruise on the famous Rose of Hungerford or a trip on the Jubilee from Newbury Wharf, there's no better way to relax and take in the magnificent Kennet & Avon Canal scenery.

There are a number of options available from different local organisations. Please click on the button below to download an information sheet.

Canal Trips - More Info >>

Shooting

8 miles

We have teamed up with local shooting school Pennsport to offer guests a range of shooting experiences, with something for everyone.  Please contact us for more information prior to your stay.

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Horse Riding

4 miles

Little Hidden Farm in Hungerford is a relaxed, family-owned riding school, sharing their passion for riding, regardless of age or experience.

Little Hidden Farm Website >>

Walks

Start at The Retreat

Starting and finishing right here at The Retreat, our 5km and 9km walks are a perfect way to discover the local countryside and wildlife. Please ask our reception team for a map.

A day at the races

7 miles

Please visit newburyracecourse.co.uk for the most up-to-date information and to purchase tickets.

Newbury Racecourse Website >>

West Berkshire Museum

6 miles

West Berkshire Museum Website >>

Donnington Castle

5 miles

Donnington Castle Wesbite >>

Sandham Memorial Chapel

10 miles

Sandham Memorial Chapel >>

The Merchants House

14 miles

The Merchant House website >>

Greenham Common & Control Tower

8 miles

The famous airbase is now a large nature reserve with wild ponies, cattle and more, perfect for rambling and exploring. The runway and bunkers are still visible, and you can look around the original 1950s control tower, which often hosts art or photography exhibitions and has a charming café.

Greenham Control Tower Website

Crofton Beam Engines

11 miles

Crofton Pumping Station is one of the most significant industrial heritage sites in the United Kingdom and a fascinating visitor attraction that invites you to step into our industrial and social history and turn back the clock to a time when steam was king. 


Crofton Beam Engines Website >>

Avebury

20 miles

Avebury henge and stone circles are one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. Built and much altered during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC, the henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain - originally of about 100 stones - which in turn encloses two smaller stone circles.

Avebury is part of an extraordinary set of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that seemingly formed a vast sacred landscape. They include West Kennet AvenueWest Kennet Long BarrowThe SanctuaryWindmill Hill, and the mysterious Silbury Hill. Many can be reached on foot from the village. The Alexander Keiller Museum also displays many notable finds from the Avebury monuments. Together with Stonehenge, Avebury and its surroundings are a World Heritage Site.

Avebury Website >>

Highclere Estate Walks

12 miles

There’s a whole host of stunning walks on the Highclere estate, including one that leads to Heaven’s gate, so called because it frames a perfect view of Highclere Castle. It’s also the burial site of Lord Carnarvon, who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. Full details and a map can be found on the website.

Highclere Castle Walks Website >>

Uffington White Horse

18 miles

Enjoy a walk across the ancient chalk downs of Oxfordshire and absorb the history found along this enigmatic stretch of the ancient Ridgeway, passing by the White Horse, Dragon Hill and Ashdown.

White Horse Hill Website >>

Explore Kintbury

2 miles

Kintbury Walking Map >>

Kennet & Avon Canal

2 miles

Slow the pace and return to a simpler age as you take in this stunning rural canal and its adjacent river, easily accessible from Kintbury, a stones throw from The Retreat.

Walk or cycle along the towpath, or take a boat trip...

Boat Trips >>

Savernake Forest

13 miles

Savernake Forest Website >>

Beacon Hill

12 miles

One of the best known iron age hill forts in England, and part of the Highclere Estate. After an exhilarating walk to the peak, you will be rewarded with spectacular views across the North Wessex Downs.

Snelsmore Common

7 miles

A wander through nearby Snelsmore Common will take in a range of habitats including heathland, wet mires and woodland. Look out for varied wildlife, from ponies to reptiles to nationally rare birds. Snelsmore Common is about 7 miles from us and there's a café & toilets onsite.

Snelsmore Common website >>

Combe Gibbet

6 miles

History of Combe Gibbet >>

Watership Down

14 miles

A few bunny-hops from The Retreat is the real Watership Down, popular with walkers and cyclists, and the inspiration for Richard Adams' beloved novel.

Arlington Arts

7 miles

If you go out for the evening, don;t forget to book your early evening meal with us - the 1772 Brasserie is open from 5:30pm.

Arlington Arts Website >>

Watermill Theatre

5 miles

If you go out for the evening, don;t forget to book your early evening meal with us - the 1772 Brasserie is open from 5:30pm.

Watermill Theatre Website >>

The Corn Exchange

6 miles

If you go out for the evening, don;t forget to book your early evening meal with us - the 1772 Brasserie is open from 5:30pm.

Corn Exchange Website >>

Antique Hunting

4 miles

Hungerford is just a 5 minute drive from The Retreat and is a fascinating treasure trove for antique, vintage and retro fans, with around 15 antique shops on or near the High Street. A visit to the never-ending Hungerford Arcade is a must for any visitor.

Guide to Hungerford's Antique shops >>

Newbury

6 miles

Newbury Website >>

Cobbs Farm Shop

5 miles

Cobbs Website >>

Designer Outlet Swindon

22 miles

Housed in the Grade II listed buildings of the Great Western Railway Works, McArthurGlen's Swindon Designer Outlet outpost is one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe. There's also an amazing children's play area, and a real steam train!

Designer Outlet Swindon Website >>

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

19 miles

Uncover the secrets of the world-famous gin on the site of an historic paper mill in the Hampshire countryside. Learn about the processes that go into the craft of making Bombay Sapphire gin, how to make perfect cocktails and more. Advance booking advised.

Bombay sapphire Website >>

Podium Cafe

6 miles

Podium Place, Newbury, offers you a one-of-a-kind experience. Marvel at the theatre of coffee roasting, indulge in the sublime flavours of the finest coffee beans and admire the breathtaking beauty of the world’s most desired luxury sports cars.

Chill out while you watch Per’La Specialty Roasters in action. Breathe in the gorgeous aroma. Savour the exquisite taste. Be blown away by our stunning display of modern classic sports cars for sale, from rare Ferraris to limited edition Aston Martins.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try a simulator challenge. Discover what it’s like to race through the streets of Monaco in a Formula 1 car or take on a circuit of your choice on the full-motion simulator.

Podium Cafe Website >>

Deanwood Park

3 miles

Deanwood Park Website >>

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club

6 miles

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club provides the perfect venue for your golf. A superb golf course presented in first class condition and a welcome to match the standard of the course.

The club is one of the oldest in England, established in 1873. The 18 hole, par 69 golf course measures just under 6000 yards and is set amongst beautiful mature woodland.

The course provides an interesting and rewarding challenge for golfers of all standards and is kept in immaculate condition all year round.

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club

Escape Rooms

6 miles

Choose your adventure:

Lost Island Escape: After you luckily survived a shipwreck you wake up deep inside the jungle of Caribbean Islands. However, this paradise is less than idyllic. After regaining consciousness, you discover that the island is inhabited by cannibals and you are captured by a native tribe. You have 60 minutes to fight for survival and escape the island before it gets dark and avoid being eaten alive by the residents.

Wild Wild West: Butch Cassidy is a well known train and bank robber as well as the leader of a gang of outlaws known as the "Wild Bunch" in the Wild West. This time they robbed a train escaping with a large amount of gold... but Cassidy didn’t go far, he got trapped by the local sheriff. Now he is waiting for his execution. The Wild Bunch reunited to rescue Cassidy and recover the gold which had been deposited in the local bank. Will the operation be successful or will the gang fall into the trap of the sheriff?

 

 

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4 Kingdoms

13 miles

This wonderful Adventure & Farm Park, just outside Newbury, is a place to create memories for old and young alike. With 21 play zones, a petting zoo, laser tag, giant slides, the beach, pedal boats and events held all year round it’s the perfect family-friendly environment.

4 Kingdoms website >>

Cobbs Farm Shop & Playbarn

5 miles

Cobbs Website >>

Bucklebury Farm

14 miles

This picturesque animal park to the west of Newbury has lots of animals to meet, pet and feed, including deer, pigs, alpacas, lambs and ponies. There’s also amazing play areas and a lovely café.

Bucklebury Farm Website >>

The Living Rainforest

14 miles

At the Living Rainforest you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest. Three glasshouses are home to over 850 types of rainforest plants and animals – including rare and endangered species of global conservation value.

Living Forest Website >>

Beale Park

26 miles

Beale Park Website >>

Science Centre

33 miles

Science Centre Website >>

Nature Discovery Centre

8 miles

Set next to Thatcham Lakes, The Nature Discovery Centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays. There is a network of footpaths ranging from small family-friendly walks to longer paths for the more adventurous. Surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats, there is fantastic wildlife to see all year around.

Facilities include a lakeside cafe, adventure playgrounds and gift shop. 

Nature Discovery Centre Website

The Hawk Conservancy

22 miles

Set within 22-acres of stunning countryside, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is an award-winning visitor attraction which is open every day* and offers a full day out for all ages. Arrive early and be sure to see our world-class flying displays throughout the day, and many other activities in between.

Hawk Conservancy Website >>