Newbury and its best attractions

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Visit the best attractions and activities in or near Newbury and you can be sure you will not be disappointed given what is offered in the town and in the surrounding areas. There are loads of attract…

Visit the best attractions and activities in or near Newbury and you can be sure you will not be disappointed given what is offered in the town and in the surrounding areas. There are loads of attractions and fun things to do in Newbury and this is why it is such a popular town for people to visit.

Points of interest in and around the area include Highclere Castle, which offers the home of Downton Abbey, as well as Shaw House. There is also Donnington Castle. For something a little different, there is also Newbury Racecourse as well as the activities offered by the Kennet and Avon Canal. There is also the West Berkshire Museum which is for sure well worth a good visit. 

Newbury was founded as a new borough in the 11th century, after the Norman invasion and hence its name of New-bury. The town had royal connections as King John and Henry III used the area for hunting. Newbury Castle was built four miles away at Hamstead Marshall but remains of castle mounds in the area indicate there were other castles in Newbury during the mediaeval period. Newbury is centred on the market place which is overlooked by many lovely 17th century buildings and the impressive Town Hall. The clock tower is one of the prettiest landmarks. The population of around 32,000 people is served by supermarkets, chain stores and independent retailers in the town. 

The Living Rainforest is also yet another local attraction to consider; it is an indoor greenhouse tropical rainforest located in Hampstead Norreys and a popular ecological centre, educational centre and visitor attraction, run by the Trust for Sustainable Living. This is just one of a number of other go to attractions in the local area.

If you may be unsure as to what to do in Newbury, it is for sure best to scroll through the net and see what great things to do there are in the area. There are also many lively cafes and restaurants in the town centre all worth a visit to enjoy as part of a day out in the town.

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