The Best of Berkshire
Discovering our neighbourhood
There is so much to do on our doorstep. Discover the best that West Berkshire has to offer.
Some of the highlights of local places to visit and experience include:
Highclere Castle (10 miles)
Also known as Downton Abbey, the Highclere Castle estate dates back to 749AD, with the present-day Castle completed in 1842. Set within 1,000 acres of parkland and surrounded by six individual gardens, you could walk all day here.
Newbury Race Course (7 miles)
Enjoy a day at the races. We are only a few minutes from this popular venue with both flat and jumps courses. There is a full calendar of racing as well as seasonal events throughout the year. The Retreat is the perfect base to stay when visiting Newbury Races for the day.
Hungerford (4 miles)
Visit Hungerford to explore the numerous antique stores and beautiful boutiques.
Blenheim Palace (40 miles)
Built in the early 1700s during the short-lived English Baroque architectural period, Blenheim Palace’s extensive grounds include the Formal Gardens with their majestic water terraces, private Italian garden, rose garden and more, as well as the beautiful lake and famous Grand Bridge.
Avebury Village (20 miles)
Surrounded by the world’s largest Neolithic stone circle, the earliest part of the Avebury monument dates to around 3,000BC. Walking routes take in various landmarks, from Windmill Hill to the mysterious structure of ‘The Sanctuary’, approximately 4,500 years old. Pre-booking is recommended for weekend visits.
Marlborough Town (13 miles)
Boasting one of the widest High Streets in the UK, lined on both sides by characterful, historic buildings and an array of high quality shops, Marlborough is ideal for a days’ shopping. Visit on Wednesday or Saturday for market day.
Ashdown House (15 miles)
A 17th century Dutch-style house on the edge of Oxfordshire (it was officially ‘moved’ from Berkshire in 1974), much of the house is off-limits due to its tenant (Pete Towshend of ‘The Who’ fame) but the gardens and nearby Ashdown Woods provide walking routes with panoramic views of the countryside.
Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery (19 miles)
North Wessex Downs AONB (2 miles)
The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located in the English counties of Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
Combe Gibbet (6 miles)
Combe Gibbet is a gibbet at the top of Gallows Down, near the village and just within the civil parish of Combe in Berkshire.
West Berkshire Museum (6 miles)
The West Berkshire Museum, in Newbury, Berkshire, holds various artworks and collections related to Newbury and West Berkshire. Established in 1904, the museum is housed in two of Newbury's most historic buildings.
Donnington Castle (6 miles)
Donnington Castle is a ruined medieval castle, situated in the small village of Donnington, just north of the town of Newbury in the English county of Berkshire.
Bicester Village (43 miles)
National Trust -The Vyne (23 miles)
Country house with a stained glass chapel, an ornamental lake and a walled kitchen garden.
Wilton Windmill (10 miles)
The Wilton Windmill is a five-floor brick tower mill located on a chalk ridge between the villages of Wilton and Great Bedwyn in the southern English county of Wiltshire.
The Merchants House (14 miles)
History museum in Marlborough, England
Avebury (20 miles)
Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, in southwest England. One of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain, it contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world.
West Kennett Long Barrow (20 miles)
The West Kennet Long Barrow, also known as South Long Barrow, is a chambered long barrow near the village of Avebury in the south-western English county of Wiltshire. Probably constructed in the thirty-seventh century BC, during Britain's Early Neolithic period, today it survives in a partially reconstructed state.
Marlborough White Horse (14 miles)
Marlborough White Horse, also called the Preshute White Horse, is a hill figure on Granham Hill, a fairly shallow slope of the downland above the hamlet of Preshute, southwest of Marlborough in the county of Wiltshire, England.