Berkshire Tourist Information
Berkshire lies in the south east of England and stretches 60 miles west from London to the Wiltshire border.
Lots of tourist attractions here to keep any visitor happy, with river walks and trips, countryside to explore, and we have travel guides to the main towns and cities in the county as well as some of the villages.
The Thames runs along the northern boundary of Berkshire and this area, together with the parts of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire that border the river, is known as the Thames Valley. Ideal for those long walks along the Thames.
To the east Berkshire is quite urbanised while to the the west the county is mainly rural.
An ancient county, Berkshire dates back to the time when King Alfred set the County Boundaries and takes its name from the large forest of birch trees that once grew there.
Windsor Castle lies in Berkshire and in 1974 the county has been recognised by HM Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire.
In 1998 the county was divided into six districts: West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead and Slough. However, the non-metropolitan county was not abolished and it is the only county in England to have multiple districts but no county council.
Berkshire also hosts the popular Legoland theme park, always a favourite with young visitors.