Places to visit in Newbury

Newbury Racecourse

If Newbury is famous for one thing, it’s for its racecourse. It doesn’t matter whether you like to place bets or not; you can still have fun. With dining available as well as room for special exhibitions and conferences, there’s plenty to be had and enjoyed. Who knows, you might even meet one of the many stars that grace their presence during the events. There’s 29 fixtures played throughout the year, giving you a chance to win many times. Here’s hoping that you place your bets on a winner.

Corn Exchange

This glorious Grade II listed building is one of Newbury’s great landmarks. Once used as a place of trade from 1861, it has since become a place for community events and other attractions such as theatre productions and film screenings. While it may not trade corn anymore, it does trade on good times and entertainment. This venue is not to be missed.

West Berkshire Museum

Housed in two of the town’s best loved historic buildings (the old cloth hall and the Granary) this museum tells the humbling story of West Berkshire; from the people that lived there, all the rocks that are under your shoes to famous and iconic historical figures like Jack of Newbury. With exhibitions on all the time be sure to try and catch one on your trip. Entry is free.

Kennet and Avon Canal

This scenic canal weaves its way through the town and  gives you the chance to take in the view. If you like trips along canals or would like to go on one, then this is your chance to truly enjoy yourself. The Jubilee narrowboat gives the trip a truly  traditional feel and is glorious in hot weather. If the sun is out and you’re needing a break from strolling around the town square, then this is where you need to be.

Highclere Castle

Five miles south of Newbury lies this magnificent 5,000 acre estate. Used as the setting for the hit series Downtown Abbey, Highclere Castle is the perfect day out for a slice of history and beauty. Numerous events are held throughout the year making it an essential stop on your trip.

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