A well-preserved historic town, the centre of Newbury makes for an agreeable walk, and the grassy tow paths on the Kennet and Avon Canal are wonderfully serene . Newbury Racecourse hosts the Lockinge Stakes in May, one of the most valuable races on the calendar.
The stately home, Highclere Castle is majestic, and is in a sweeping 2,000-hectare estate.
It needs to be part of your plans if you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, as one glance will tell you that this was where the TV show was filmed.
The house is newer than it looks, from the 1800s, and has a “Jacobethan” design inspired by the 16th and 17th-century palaces.
Ramble on the downs in the surrounding country parks, and get to Donnington Castle, where an 18-month siege took place in the English Civil War.