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Hungerford, a small historic market town, stands on the River Dun in the Kennet Valley.

The westernmost town in Berkshire, Hungerford lies close to the Wiltshire border and within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Hungerford dates from Saxon times and much of the town has remained unchanged for centuries.

Many of the town's medieval timber-framed buildings have Georgian facades that are worth a look. Hungerford was once a coaching stop on the Old Bath Road (A4) and several coaching inns can still be seen.

Other important transport routes passing through the town are the Kennet and Avon Canal and the West of England Main Line railway, and junction 14 on the M5 motorway is just 5 minutes away.

Because of its good transport links with Newbury, Reading and London, Hungerford has developed as a dormitory town.

Known for its antique shops, Hungerford also has a range of small independent shops and eating places and many welcoming pubs.

The sleepy Berkshire town is now known as the site of one of the worst peacetime atrocities in UK history. In 1987 Michael Ryan, an unemployed local labourer, shot and killed 16 people including his mother and injured 15 others. He then fatally shot himself.

Hungerford is surrounded by open common land, rich in flora and fauna. The town is also a good spot from which to explore the Berkshire Downs and the canals whether by foor or on a boat trip.

The waterfront between Hungerford Bridge and the Lock is very attractive, with trips along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Dunmill Lock aboard the traditionally painted motorised barge 'Rose of Hungerford'.

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Tourist Attractions in and near Hungerford to Visit



Welford Park 5.2 miles A delightful Queen Anne house north of Newbury, with beautiful gardens.


Out & About

Wilton Windmill 5.7 miles Take a look at the last working windmill in Wiltshire.

Crofton Pumping Station 6.1 miles In a lovely setting next to the Kennett and Avon Canal is this steam powered pumping station.

Days Out around Hungerford.

At Kintbury, a charming village three miles from the town, horse-drawn barges provide pleasure trips for visitors along the canal.

Towns Near Hungerford To Visit - straight line distance:

Lambourn (6.52 miles) Newbury (8.45 miles) Marlborough (9.30 miles) Thatcham (11.17 miles)
How to get to Hungerford
Hungerford, A338, south of Junction 14 M4, A40 east from Marlborough, west from Newbury.
The Pheasant Inn
Ermin Street Hungerford RG17 7AA

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The Bear Hotel
Charnham St Hungerford RG17 0EL

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Three Swans Hotel
117 High Street Hungerford RG17 0LZ

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The Dundas Arms
53 Station Road   Hungerford RG17 9UT

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Days Inn Hotel Membury
M4 Membury West Bound, Motorway Service Area, Lambourn Woodlands Hungerford RG17 7TY

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The Queens Arms
The Queen's Arms Hungerford RG17 7ET

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Holiday Cottages
Clock Tower Cottage
Hungerford SN8 3LX
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Hungerford Weather
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Sunday 24th May
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