The county of Berkshire is one of the oldest in England, being created by Alfred the Great of Wessex. It is also proudly known officially as the Royal County of Berkshire, the title being bestowed upon it by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as her personal residence is at Windsor Castle.


Berkshire is one of the Home Counties west of London, the history of which has been strongly influenced by its strategic position and the River Thames which flows through it. The quiet scenes of English country life, the inspiration of so many artists and writers, still remain a reality. The Thames is a valuable leisure facility and traditional boating trips are enjoyed from numerous tranquil riverside villages.


The Berkshire Downs connect the Chiltern Hills in the east with the Marlborough Downs in the west. The Downs are a hilly area with well wooded valleys and especially open upland areas, famous for their ever present racehorse training gallops. Lambourn and the thatched villages of East Garston and Eastbury are famous for their horse-racing stables. There are racecourses at Ascot, Newbury and Windsor.

Places to visit in Berkshire

River Thames, Cookham

Cookham, Berkshire

Cookham is a village in Berkshire in a lovely setting on the River Thames, four miles north of Maidenhead, between Marlow and Taplow.  The village is distinct from Cookham Rise, which has a railway station and ...
Windsor Castle, Castle Hill, Windsor

Windsor, Berkshire

Windsor is a town twenty miles west of London, on the River Thames. It is situated close to Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed and Eton, home of the famous Eton College, which can be reached across the...
St. Mary's Church, Aldworth

Aldworth, Berkshire

Aldworth is a prime example of a fascinating English village. In a tiny hamlet, who would expect to find giants, the ashes of the author of, ‘We will remember them’, one of the best pubs in the country and link...
Almshouses, Sonning

Sonning, Berkshire

Sonning is a small attractive village on the River Thames, three miles east of Reading and just over an hour's drive from London. It is often featured in the media, due to the number of celebrities who have set...
The Shottery, High Street, Bray

Bray, Berkshire

Bray is a very pretty historical riverside village, on the banks of the River Thames, between Maidenhead and Windsor, Berkshire. It is also known as Bray on Thames. It has a wealth of cottages and very expensiv...
The Dundas Arms, Kennet and Avon Canal, Kintbury

Kintbury, Berkshire

Kintbury is a small village, but has a railway station providing services to Reading and London. It is situated between the Lambourn Downs to the north and Hampshire Downs to the south. In the Sunday Times news...
Temple Island, Remenham

Remenham, Berkshire

Remenham is a hamlet on the Berkshire bank of the River Thames, east of Henley-on-Thames. The name means "home of the ravens" and is probably derived from the Saxon god, Woden, whose symbol was the raven. Most ...
Newbury Street, Lambourn

Lambourn, Berkshire

Lambourn is a village located in the Lambourn Valley, between beautiful chalk downlands, in the heart of the North Wessex Downs, which has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The open view...
The Old Cottage, East Garston

East Garston, Berkshire

East Garston, situated below the Downs in the Lambourn Valley, is a beautiful village of thatched and timber-framed, brick-infilled cottages. All Saints Church is outside the village, near Manor Farm. Built of ...