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NewburyUnited Kingdom

Experience the charm of an English market town that’s small in size but offers big attractions, including a famous castle and racecourse, and stunning countryside.

Although it is a relatively small town, Newbury is one of the most prominent urban centers in Berkshire. It offers rich culture and history alongside contemporary conveniences. Discover the delights of this pretty town and use it as a base to explore the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, located on Newbury’s doorstep.

The River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal wind their way through the town, creating a scenic backdrop. Enjoy a canal boat cruise through the English landscape or take a leisurely walk or cycle. Find more natural beauty at the indoor Living Rainforest, a unique and vast conservation project housed under glass. It is home to many rare and endangered plants.

Visit Newbury’s historic attractions too. Shaw House, which played important roles in the Civil War and World War II, is a fabulous example of an Elizabethan manor and is open to the public. The crumbling remains and towering gate house of the mighty 14th-century Donnington Castle offer the romance of bygone years.

It is Highclere Castle, however, that is the most well-known historic attraction in the area. It’s the seat of the Earl of Carnarvon and the set for the television drama Downton Abbey. Take the opportunity to visit this wonderful estate when it is open to the public.

Enjoy a shopping trip to Newbury’s modern malls and independent local stores. The Kennet Shopping Centre offers high street brands and plenty of eating options. Parkway is an open-air shopping development in the heart of town.

When it comes to sport and the arts, Newbury doesn’t disappoint. The Corn Exchange is the town’s main arts center and provides a varied program. Newbury also hosts an impressive line-up of music and arts festivals throughout the year. Head to the Newbury Racecourse, famed across the world for its horse racing events, for a memorable day out.

Newbury is about a 1.5-hour drive from London. The journey by train takes from 1.5 to 2 hours. The town itself is small enough to walk around. There is also public transportation and plenty of parking available.

Top Hotels in Newbury

Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel
Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Newbury, Newbury, England
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Situated in a rural location, this romantic hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Welford Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Deanwood Park Golf Course and Donnington Castle. ...

3.7/5Good! (264 reviews)
Would go again, amazing stay.

"We had the best time at this location, beautiful setting and service, staff were so so lovely, we plan to go there again. Absolutely chuffed with our stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel
Donnington Grove Country Club
Donnington Grove Country Club
3 out of 5
Grove Road, Donnington, Newbury, England
The price is ¥14,409 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Situated in Newbury, this golf hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Donnington Castle and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Newbury Racecourse. Watermill Theatre and Shaw House ...

4/5Very Good! (246 reviews)

"Nice place, amazing stuff, cosy room..... will be happy to get tgete again"…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Donnington Grove Country Club
The Carnarvon Arms
The Carnarvon Arms
3.5 out of 5
Winchester Road, Newbury, England
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Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Wessex Downs and Highclere Castle. Sandham Memorial Chapel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (125 reviews)

"very cosy, restaurant very spacious and bar very nice. bedroom a little on the small side but very well presented."…"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

The Carnarvon Arms
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Vacation Rentals in Newbury

Hollington Park Glamping
Hollington Park Glamping
2 out of 5
Rose Cottage, Hollington House, Newbury, England

Situated in a rural location, this campground is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Highclere Castle and 3 mi (4.9 km) from North Wessex Downs. Sandham Memorial Chapel and ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
We had a great time

"We had a lovely time here with our 2 year old for two nights. We stayed in the Bluebell Pod which was so cosy and comfortable. We had everything we needed and really enjoyed the woods and the animals. Many thanks. Hope to come again next year!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

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Brewery House By Flying Butler
Brewery House By Flying Butler
4 out of 5
4 Oxford Street, Newbury, England

Situated in Newbury, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Newbury Town Hall and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Newbury Racecourse. West Berkshire Museum and ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"Great location in central Newbury and minutes from Waitrose. High quality accommodation and furnishings with excellent Wi-fi and shower."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2018

Brewery House By Flying Butler
Central Gate Apartments by House of Fisher
Central Gate Apartments by House of Fisher
3.5 out of 5
41 West Street, Newbury, England

Situated in Newbury, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Newbury Town Hall and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Newbury Racecourse. West Berkshire Museum and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)
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"Clean, modern and convenient location. Communication from the team was helpful and efficient. A nice touch with bottled water and snacks were welcomed"…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Central Gate Apartments by House of Fisher
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Aug 25, 2019

Great area

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Jul 30, 2019

Make sure to do a horse drawn boat ride!

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Jun 24, 2019

Very friendly people. Short train ride from London (a little over an hour by train from Paddington Station...a few stops beyond Slough-the stop for Windsor Castle .

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