Berkshire is one of the country’s oldest counties and is steeped in history. Royal Residence, historic houses, iron age fort, Roman Amphitheatre, museums – plenty to suit history nerds young and old!
Windsor Castle is famous as the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. The castle is open to visitors throughout the year. The changing of the guard takes place at 11:00 each day, except Sunday, from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year. It costs nothing to watch this. You may like to check any changes on the Royal Collection Website. A visit to Windsor may also be combined with a cruise on the Thames and a trip to the Windsor Royal Theatre. A short break could also include a trip to Legoland.
Historic Houses The National Trust manages Highclere Castle (film location of Downton Abbey) in Newbury, Basildon Park and Mapledurham House and watermill in Reading and of course the impressive Cliveden House with gorgeous gardens and storybook play areas and new Cliveden Maze. Check the National Trust website for entry prices for each attraction – it can work out very cost effective to buy annual membership if you are going to visit more than two properties in the space of a year.