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10 Things To Do In Berkshire

  • What's On -24-Jul-2019


Full of cobbled streets, crooked houses and home to the Royal Family, if Windsor isn’t already on your bucket list it definitely should be. The perfect place for a day trip, you’ll find Windsor Castle, Windsor Great Park, shops, pubs, and the River Thames all in walking distance from each other. With five car parks and one train station Windsor is easily accessible from all over. 

Not only is there a castle, the great park, shops, historical pubs, and the River Thames, Windsor is also home to Royal Windsor Racecourse, where many race days and events are held throughout the year.

1. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, also known as one of the oldest and largest occupied castles in the world. Founded in the 11th century, the castle has been the home of 39 monarchs. Today, the queen still spends a large amount of her private time at the castle, and when the flag is flying, her majesty is home! The Castle is open to the public everyday from 10am to 5pm, and you can get tickets here.

Windsor Castle - 20 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

2. Windsor Great Park

With over 4,800 acres of historic parkland, woodland, beautiful scenery and forest trails you won’t be short of places to walk in Windsor. Windsor Great Park has a long history behind it. It dates all the way back to pre-Saxon times and has held many prestigious events throughout history. The Great Park is made up of four main separate areas; The Long Walk and Deer Park (situated right outside Windsor Castle), Virginia Water, The Valley Gardens and Swinley Forest.

The Long Walk and Deer Park  - 18 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

Virginia Water - 22 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

Savill Gardens - 26 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

Swinley Forest - 12 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

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3. Windsor Racecourse

Windsor Racecourse is almost as historical as Windsor Castle as it’s royal heritage dates back 700 years. The racecourse holds many events across the summer, from rum ‘n’ reggae race nights to rock at the races there’s something for everyone at this racecourse.

Windsor Racecourse - 21 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

4. The Crooked House Of Windsor

This oak framed building has an eye-catching feature that might make you uneasy standing next to it. Over the years, The Crooked House Of Windsor has been used for many different purposes. It has been jewellers, brewers, printers, fruit sellers, florists and now the oldest teahouse in all of England. It has also proven extremely popular with tourists!

There are conflicting beliefs on why the house has the distinctive ‘lean’. Some suggest it comes

 down to using poor materials. Some say the lean only appeared when adjoining buildings were removed in the early 1800s. If you want to see it for yourself, the house is located only 2 minutes away from the Castle on Windsor High Street, and it certainly won’t be hard to find!

Crooked House of Windsor - 21 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

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5. St. George’s Chapel

Take a breath-taking tour at St. George’s Chapel tucked away inside Windsor Castle (a visit to St George’s Chapel is included in your Windsor Castle ticket). The chapel itself is known to be a place of worship for the Royals and also a church serving the local community. Built by kings, its Royal connection is historical, with members of the British Royal Family being baptised, married and buried there since it was built.

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6. Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom. From Royal Ascot Week to Champions Day, Ascot Racecourse holds some of the most prestigious racing events of the year and there’s no doubt you haven’t heard of it already. Perfect for a day out, Ascot racecourse is a must see, conveniently located a short 9-minute drive from our Bracknell Hotel. We’re the ideal accommodation for your racing days!

Ascot Racecourse – 9 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

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Action-packed activities

Berkshire is also known to be jam-packed with exciting, adrenaline-rushing things to do. You can visit the world’s number one sports and activity park; Liquid Leisure Windsor and experience speed boat rides, open water swimming, cable water sports and of course their famous Aqua Park. Also located in Windsor, you’ll find LEGOLAND family theme park, perfect for a day out with children. Alternatively, down the road in Bracknell you can fly high in the trees at Go Ape adventure park. Or even pop across the road to go swimming or shoot down a flume in Coral Reef Waterworld.

7. Liquid Leisure

The Aqua Park is set on one of the private freshwater lakes amongst beautiful parkland in the heart of Berkshire. With so many things to do for all ages and abilities, there is wakeboarding, floating obstacle courses, boat activities, bars and a beach. So whether you fancy a chill out or an action packed day there’s going to be something for you, check out all their activities here.

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Liquid Leisure - 26 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel


This child orientated theme park is the perfect place to visit if your children love LEGO. Children aged 2 - 12 can enjoy the park from March to October and experience water rides, roller coasters and even learn how to drive (mini electric cars around a realistic course). Open 10am to 6pm daily, you can purchase tickets to our LEGOLAND weekend breaks at Grange here.

Legoland - 17min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

9. Coral Reef Waterworld

Coral Reef is unique as it provides many different ways to enjoy the water, it’s the perfect place to get active and enjoy yourself at the same time. With fast waterslides, an erupting volcano and a pirate ship there’s something for everyone! There is also an adults-only area called the Coral Spa where you can relax while your children can go off and enjoy the fun.

Coral Reef - 8 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

10. Go Ape

If you plan to visit Go Ape, prepare yourself for a 3-hour tree-to-tree obstacle course around Swinley Forest. This adventure park is bursting with adrenaline-rushing activities and nature to indulge yourself in. Alternatively, if you don’t enjoy being up high you can also hire a Segway and get exploring the forest that way.

Go Ape - 9 min drive from Grange Bracknell Hotel

Whatever your plan may be when visiting Berkshire, don’t forget our Grange Bracknell Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of all the fun! Not to mention you can get up to 15% off your booking with our Summer Escape offer.

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