Situated by the lovely Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury is often described as the 'crossroads of England', with London, Oxford and Bristol all just an hour away. In recent years this charming Berkshire market town has gained a certain level of notoriety as the setting of two high profile protests: during the Cold War the American nuclear base at Greenham Common was the scene of years of intense protest, whilst more recently the building of the Newbury by-pass sparked concern amongst the green community, and activists moved in, sometimes living in trees for months! However, visitors should not be discouraged by these incidents of controversy – Newbury is also a lively, attractive tourist destination with a thriving arts scene.


The old airbase at Greenham Common (worth a visit for historic reasons alone!) now houses the fabulous New Greenham Arts, which hosts a range of contemporary performances. A bigger arts centre is located at the Corn Exchange in the central market square, with film showings, exhibitions and an orchestra in residence, the prestigious Southern Sinfonia. The Watermill Theatre is a charmingly intimate performance venue in a converted mill, whilst culture lovers should also pay a visit to the Desmoulin Gallery on the Wharf, which showcases local arts and crafts.

Newbury hosts several big horse-racing events throughout the year at its world famous racecourse. Visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity to mingle with the rich and privileged, place a bet and soak up the atmosphere at one of the meets.

Several stunning castles are ideal for daytrips into the beautiful Berkshire countryside. Just 4 miles away, Highclere Castle, still privately owned by the 8th Earl and Countess of Canarvon, is a fantastically preserved building dating from the opulent Victorian era. The castle is open to the public on week days in the summer months; don’t miss the unique exhibition on the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen by the 5th Earl of Canarvon.

For a sharp contrast, Donnington Castle is an ancient building dating from the 14th century. The twin-towered gatehouse still stands on a pleasant grassy hill and visitors are welcome to visit and explore the site, which is steeped in history.


Find anything you need at the easily accessible Kennet Shopping Centre. Visitors who fancy purchasing deliciously fresh organic food direct from the producers should visit the Woodley Farmers Market, held in nearby Woodley on the third Wednesday of every month. Those interested in learning more about organic farming can take a guided walk at Elm Farm Organic Research Centre.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Classy dining is to be had at Newbury Manor House restaurant, serving modern British cuisine in a beautiful listed building. The riverside bar is a wonderful place to relax with a bottle of good wine. Just 5 miles away, The White Hart Inn in Hamstead Marshall is another great option for upmarket dining; delicious Italian food is given a touch of English charm by the converted farmhouse setting.

Meanwhile, the market place in the town centre is just as bustling after dark as in the day time, with a number of popular, noisy bars and nightclubs providing a range of evening entertainment for locals and tourists.

Tourist Information

The WharfNewburyBerkshireRG14 5AS Phone: 01635


Regular trains run between Newbury and London Paddington, taking around an hour. London Heathrow is just 47 miles away.

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