BERKSHIRE: Ascot, Sunningdale, Reading, Maidenhead, Windsor, Bracknell, Wokingham
Berkshire is part of the Thames Valley area, sometimes known as the ‘Computer Valley’. Reading is home to many big players in the information technology industry, including Microsoft, Fujitsu and Oracle. Many businesses establish themselves here as the county is well connected, commutable to London from all its corners and also has very easy access to the national motorway network.
This, combined with its beautiful landscape and excellent schools, makes it a natural choice for many families wishing to enjoy the country life but remain close to the capital, with a number of attractive market towns and lovely villages.
Berkshire has been known as the ‘Royal County of Berkshire’ since at least the 19th century because of the presence of Windsor Castle.
Berkshire is the home to one of the most famous rock music festivals, Reading Festival. Over 3 days in August some of the biggest bands and music fans are drawn to the area to listen to great music, eat great food and enjoy themselves.
The county boasts many good and outstanding state primary and secondary schools, as well as independent schools such as the world-renowned Eton College and St Mary’s Ascot.
The Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading is a popular destination for shoppers in Berkshire. It also has many restaurants and a cinema. As well as mainstream shops in Berkshire’s thriving towns, there are also plenty of opportunities to visit farm shops, delicatessens and retail parks.
Berkshire’s rich history is reflected in its mix of stunning architecture – from imposing country houses which can be found in areas such as Ascot and Sunningdale, to detached family homes with land, as well as farms, executive accommodation and quaint cottages – there really is something for everyone.
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Wherever you live in Berkshire, you are within easy commute of London and Reading. Berkshire has excellent rail connections with Reading being a huge interchange. There is a fast service (just 30 minutes) to London Paddington approximately every 10 minutes, with additional stopping services and trains to Waterloo.
Berkshire also benefits from good road links, with the M4 passing east to west through the county. You are also close to the M25, M3, M40 and M27. Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are easily accessed from the majority of the county. There are also excellent shuttle bus services in the region serving some of the major employers in the area. They prove vital links to some of the region’s key business hubs like the Thames Valley Business Park.
This is just one of TTA’s many area guides, and so if you are looking for a particular area, then please check our resources centre or contact us to request a copy. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we highlight some of the key towns in the county.