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.

Map of Berkshire

Places to visit in Berkshire

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...
Three Swans Hotel, High Street, Hungerford

Hungerford, Berkshire

Hungerford is a small historic market town, nine miles west of Newbury, situated in the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The name, Hungerford, originates from the Saxon name, "Hanging ...
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 ...