Things to do in Berkshire
Distance: 1.5 miles
There are few sporting venues that can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. For almost 250 years, Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece for the British social calendar. Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in a glorious setting at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the country, offering to visitors an exceptional experience. Take in the expanse of the grand entrance, extensive variety in racing events and the fine dining experience.
Distance: 2.72 miles
The Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. It is a garden to celebrate the beauty of gardening in this country and is not over shadowed by a stately property or botanical message it is just there to be enjoyed by horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike. It never fails to charm visitors who come to explore its 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland. Developed under the patronage of Kings and Queens, The Savill Garden was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill. It began as a woodland garden, with native oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees, but has since evolved by incorporating many new plants over the yeas. A fantastic opportunity for photographers.
Windsor Great Park
Distance: 3.01 miles
The Great Park is an ever more popular destination for recreational activity, with over two and a half million people visiting every year to run, walk or ride. Windsor Great Park, managed by the Crown Estate, was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest, the 2,020 hectares of parkland, which includes a Deer Park, is a varied landscape of formal gardens, woodland and open grassland. The stunning landscape is enhanced by the scattering of great ancient oaks for which the Great Park and its forest are renowned for. With a vast array of wildlife and places to explore the park is a great day out for all the family.
Distance: 4.27 miles
Legoland Windsor Resort theme park, aimed at 3-12’s, is an inspirational park where the kids are the heroes. It's a family attraction where the fun never stops and with over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, it’s a unique family experience. Prepare for a soaking on the wet and wild water rides, follow a pirate trail that'll leave you wetter than walking the plank or join a Viking fleet where you'll battle sea monsters and rough waters. Little ones will also love making a splash in the fountains at Waterworks and many interactive rides put you, quite literally, in the driving seat.
The Look Out Discovery Centre
Distance: 4.38 miles
The Look Out is a great day out for all the family, with the main attraction being the interactive science exhibition which has over 90 activities where everyone can get their hands stuck in to understanding science. Also boasting an adventure play area and being set in 1000 hectares of woodland there is plenty to keep kids and big kids entertained come rain or shine.
Distance: 5.86 miles
Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and numerous outbuildings. The Castle is used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions. It is here that The Queen often hosts State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. St George’s Hall makes a spectacular setting for a State Banquet, when a single table, stretching the length of the hall and seating 160 people, is decorated with porcelain, and silver-gilt from the Royal Collection. Visitors can take in all the lavish décor as well as Queen Anne’s luxurious doll’s house. Celebrating the jubilee, there are also exclusive displays of the Queen in images from over her reign.
French Brothers Boat Trips
Distance: 5.86 miles
Based on the Thames, French Brothers, take passenger boats from Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead, to explore the beauty of the idyllic villages and wildlife along the river, allowing families, groups and individuals to experience the surroundings from the comfort of the beautiful boats. Even if you know the area well it is an exciting and different way to see such a tranquil area and see things you might have missed from the window of your car.
Distance: 5.96 miles
Thorpe Park, the roller coaster and thrill seeking theme park home to Nemesis Inferno, Colossus, The Swarm and the first of its kind in the dark, reverse rollercoaster, is located in Chertsey, Surrey, just off junction 11 on M25. For those wanting an adrenaline fuelled day, look no further for over 25 white-knuckle rides all in one park and an experience not to be forgotten. Book in advance for some great ticket offers for groups and families and check out which ride you will head to first.
Distance: 6.02 miles
Royal Windsor Racecourse is located in Windsor, Berkshire, one of only two figure-of-eight courses in the United Kingdom. The local area has links to horse racing that date back to the time of Henry VIII, but the first race meeting at Royal Windsor did not take place until 1866. With the fabulous island setting on the banks of the River Thames, there is always a warm welcome from the minute you arrive. See their website for details on weekly races and big events.
Hampton Court Palace
Distance: 13.12 miles
Join Henry VIII's courtiers and discover the history of the infamous King and his visits to Hampton Court Palace, as well as the opportunity to bump into the man himself, along with others of his time decorated in the stately costumes and surroundings. Visit the many grand rooms including the chapel, great hall and the exhibition of paintings of Charles II’s mistresses. Also get interactive with the smells of the tudor kitchens that were expected to provide meals for 600 people twice a day and take in over 60 acres of beautifully maintained and internationally celebrated gardens with a test for your family with one of the most famous Mazes in the world.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Distance: 16.05 miles
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. As well as being one of London’s top visitor attractions, Kew is also a world leader in plant science and conservation. Their work helps to discover and describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity, safeguard the world's plant life for our future, promote the sustainable use of plants and inspire an appreciation of plants and the environment.
Guards Polo Club
Distance: 2.08 miles
Guards Polo Club is the most prestigious polo club in the world. and is the polo club most closely associated with the British Royal Family. HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has been President of the club since its formation in 1955 and HM The Queen is its Patron.
The club's main official tournaments are the Queen's Cup (High Goal), Royal Windsor (Medium Goal) and the Archie David (Low Goal), all of which take place in June.