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Berkshire – Home to the royal residence of Windsor Castle
Berkshire is one of the oldest counties in England, probably dating back to the 9th century, and has seen many battles in its history, such as the Battle of Englefield, Battle of Ashdown, Battle of Reading and the first and second Battles of Newbury during the Civil War.
Some of the County’s boundaries have changed over the years. Wantage, the birthplace of Alfred the Great used to be in Berkshire, but is now in Oxfordshire. However, the County has also gained areas from the Slough area north of the Thames, which was once part of Buckinghamshire.
Many of the towns in Berkshire are home to IT companies, but the County is also famous for its cheese production (especially Red Windsor).
Many famous people were born (or connected) in the County, such as King Edward III and King Henry VI (both born in Windsor Castle), and David Cameron (Prime Minister) who was brought up in Peasemore, Berkshire.
Reasons to visit Berkshire
One of the most significant attractions in Berkshire has got to be Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. It is often used by The Queen as a royal palace and weekend home. The Castle is frequently used for state banquets and official entertaining. The original Castle was built after the Norman Conquest, but has received numerous improvements over the centuries.
Other places of interest include Basildon Park, Berkshire Downs, the remains of Donnington Castle, Eton College (the most famous public school in the world), Highclere Castle, Legoland Windsor, the ruins of Reading Abbey, The Ridgeway and Watermill Theatre.
Entertainment and Dining in Berkshire
There is lots of nightlife available in Berkshire with theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs. You can also find plenty of excellent eating places like The Fat Duck (French) in Bray-on-Thames, Boulters Restaurant & Bar (British) in Maidenhead and La Taverna (Italian) in Windsor
Accommodation in Berkshire
You can find Guest Houses, B&Bs, Self-Catering apartments and camping sites in the County, as well as hotels such as the Macdonald Windsor Hotel in Windsor, Coworth Park in Ascot and Walton Cottage Hotel & Suites in Maidenhead.