Outings in Berkshire: 15 things to do if you are visiting for the first time


With Covid-19 restrictions likely to make international travel and vacations unlikely for many this summer, stays in the UK are expected to gain popularity.

Traveling in the UK has become increasingly popular in recent years, with tourists enjoying the views and the occasional sun on the floor of the house.

As part of the growing holiday, Berkshire has become a real gem in the UK market for tourists looking to engage in history, stunning scenery and active activities.

And if 2021 is your first visit to Berkshire, we’ve got the perfect list of 15 must-see places in the county.

1. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is first on the list for good reason – as it is registered as the Queen’s official residence.

The castle itself has over 1,000 years of royal history in its grounds and tourists can take a guided tour of these and some buildings from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Thursday through Monday following lock restriction changes .

The castle is currently closed but is expected to reopen on May 17, as lockdown restrictions relax.

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2. The Savill Garden

The Savill Garden in the heart of Windsor Great Park is one of the most naturally beautiful places in all of Berkshire with over 35 acres of manicured ornamental gardens and exotic woodlands.

It also contains eight gardens “in the garden”, each with its own unique characteristics and seasonal flowers.

Social distancing generally remains in place in the outdoor space but the gardens are open again.

3. Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse is a favorite in the UK horse racing scene with some of the biggest races on the sporting calendar taking place on its famous green expanses.

Despite the lack of participants so far in 2021, that is expected to change as spring turns into summer, with Newbury planning new dates for races alongside their live music events Party in the Paddock.



Richard Johnson and Kalooki on their way to win the Pertemps Network Beginners’ Chase at Newbury Racecourse on November 5, 2020 Photo by Michael Steele / Getty Images

4. Puzzalogical escape room

For those looking for something a little different to do in Berkshire, Puzzalogical’s escape room in Bracknell is a perfect option.

This is ideal for those days when the sun decides to hide behind the clouds. Puzzalogical is a lot of fun because it combines teamwork, problem solving, and quick thinking to get out of the room – all in 60 minutes.

The site is expected to reopen from the end of May depending on the next step in easing the lockdown.



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5. Legoland Windsor



Children enjoy a car ride in Legoland.
LEGOLAND is a favorite

Legoland is one of the most famous places to visit in Berkshire and the building block paradise has now reopened to the public.

Legoland Windsor Resort offers hours of fun for the whole family with great Lego displays and themed rides for all, but guarantees a full day of excitement.

The park is open again following the lockdown change but social distancing rules remain in place. You can book tickets here.

6. Read the ruins of the abbey



The ruins of Reading Abbey have been closed for years but are now open for the whole family to explore
The ruins of the abbey have been closed for years but are now open for the whole family to explore

Reading Abbey Ruins – the perfect place for a summer stroll. Take a stroll through the park and soak up the history in an iconic setting right in the center of Reading.

Along with a walk through the ruins, you can also take a guided historical tour and learn about the abbey’s centuries-old ties to the royal family.

The ruins of the abbey are now reopened with social distancing rules in place.

7. Basildon Park

Basildon Park is one of Berkshire’s most scenic National Trust sites, with over 400 acres of greenery surrounding a Georgian mansion. The building was renovated in the 1950s and TV fans will recognize some of the rooms in the hit ITV series Downton Abbey.



National Trust Home Basildon Park

The house remains closed under current foreclosure measures, subject to change next month, but the grounds are open. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

8. Museum of reading

The Reading Museum is a fantastic place in the heart of Reading which offers visitors a window into the history of the city.

The museum offers a fantastic insight into local history with current exhibits ranging from Roman archeology, a life-size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, the natural history of Reading and the history of nearby Reading Abbey .

The museum shop reopened earlier this month, with the full museum and galleries due to return from May 18.

9. Beale Park



The Thames at Beale Park
The Thames at Beale Park

Beale Park is a beautiful location between the villages of Pangbourne and Little Basildon.

It has over 30 acres of outdoor wildlife park to explore along one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames in the county.

The park includes several areas of interest to visitors, including an exotic animal area, landscaped gardens, woods, and an outdoor play area for children. And the good news is that all are now open again.

10. Cruise on the Thames

Cruises on the Thames are a fantastic way to get out, get some fresh air and see some of the fantastic scenery that Berkshire has to offer.



People besides the River Thames at Christchurch Meadows
People besides the River Thames at Christchurch Meadows

There are many options available for visitors looking to get out on the water, with cruises available in Berkshire and neighboring Oxfordshire towns.

Cruises have now resumed, although reservations are required. Social distancing measures are in place. The companies operate throughout the county, including Reading and Windsor.

11. Aquatic world of coral reefs



Coral Reef indoor water park
Coral Reef is set to reopen in May as lockdown measures are relaxed

Coral Reef Waterworld in Bracknell offers a great opportunity to have fun in one of the UK’s largest water parks.

The park has something for all ages, with five massive water slides plunging you into one of the park’s huge pools, as well as rapids and a floating pirate ship, with a sauna and steam rooms available for those looking to relax. loosen.

The center is working hard to be ready for its reopening on May 17 as part of the next phase of easing the lockdown.

12. Go monkey

Berkshire’s Go Ape is based in the vast forests of Bracknell and offers active outings for visitors to the area.



Go Ape Treetop Adventure

Go Ape offers the whole family to swing in the trees with ziplines, climbing frames and hikes in the surrounding greenery.

Go Ape in Swinley Forest is now open again with social distancing measures still in place in outdoor spaces.

13. Swinley Forest

Swinley Forest is a perfect location for a country walk. It straddles the border between Berkshire and Surrey.

The forest is easily accessible from downtown Bracknell and offers over 2,000 acres of woodland and gently sloping hills that are perfect for walking.

The area is fully open and provides a great opportunity to see one of the county’s hidden gems.

14. The Oracle Mall

The Oracle Mall is a huge attraction in Reading for those looking for some much needed retail therapy.

The center has more than 90 shops ideal for strolling and 22 cafes offering casual or more formal dining.



The Oracle Shopping Center in Reading

It has now reopened, with the majority of stores open normally.

15. Boulters lock

Boulters Lock and Weir on the Thames at Maidenhead offers a relaxing day filled with history and breathtaking views.

The adjacent Ray Mill Island also offers an idyllic picnic spot with steamboat stops also available for those wishing to explore the river.

The lock has reopened but steamboat tours are still limited until summer.


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