New Homes in Berkshire
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Berkshire combines its heritage with lovely countryside, beautiful villages and lively towns, all within close distance of London. Encompassing the towns of Reading, Windsor, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Slough and Hungerford, new homes in Berkshire have great facilities in a lovely setting, with an easy commute into the Capital.
The M4 corridor runs right the way through Berkshire, providing access to London in the east and Swindon, Bristol and Cardiff to the west. Well-connected A roads serve routes between the north and south of the county.
Berkshire is especially popular for its road and rail links into the Capital, especially by rail. Reading to London is 30 minutes by train, Slough to London is 20 minutes and Maidenhead to London is 45 minutes.
For travel to other major UK cities, Reading to Bristol takes one hour and 10 minutes by train or one hour and 30 minutes by road via the M4. A journey from Reading to Birmingham lasts one hour and 50 minutes by car via the M40, or one hour and 30 minutes via the CrossCountry rail service.
Heathrow Airport is close-by for international travel.
Places of interest
Berkshire is filled with visitor attractions, many of which have links to the Royal Family. Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle, and is open to the public. Sites at Windsor Castle include Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, The Semi-State Rooms and St George’s Chapel, a great example of gothic architecture.
Windsor Great Park has 5,000 acres of land managed by the Crown Estate. The Park is home to The Savill Garden, one of the UK’s best examples of ornamental gardens.
Berkshire’s regal theme continues at Ascot Racecourse with Royal Ascot, the highlight being The Gold Cup on Ladies Day. Highclere Castle is open to the public on selected days throughout the year, giving visitors the chance to experience the location of Downton Abbey.
Basildon Park, owned by the National Trust, is an 18th century house surrounded by parkland. Beale Park on the River Thames, near Pangbourne which includes animal enclosures, aviaries, a one mile narrow gauge railway and children’s play areas. Wellington Country Park has 350 acres of lovely woodlands.
Other attractions in the area include Legoland Windsor, Reading Festival and Madejski Stadium; the home of Championship football team Reading FC.
Berkshire is home to Eton College, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. The county is also home to the University of Reading, and the Berkshire Institute for Health, part of the University of West London.