The Picturesque Parish Town of Newbury
Newbury is a picturesque parish town located in the beautiful county of Berkshire. It's close proximity to the river, tranquil waterways and plethora of 17th century architecture mean thousands of visitors are drawn to the parish every year; alluring attractions include majestic castles, verdant farms and relaxing canal rides upon the glittering waterways.
Captivating Castles and Magnificent Murals
Begin the day with visits to the area's treasured historical monuments of Highclere Castle and Donnington Castle. The popularity of Highclere Castle has soared dramatically since the hit British television series of Downtown Abbey chose the stunning structure as its setting, The castle is inhabited by the charismatic Earl and Lady Carnarvon, who inherited the home from their esteemed ancestors. Interiors glitter with majestic portraits, golden goblets and rich tapestries and gorgeously green gardens and woodland walkways surround the property. The uninhabited ruins of Donnington Castle are a less elaborate example of architecture however the 14th century gatehouse is no less striking due to the fact its survives countless battles and sieges. Continue to admire the town's astounding architecture with a visit to Sandham Memorial Chapel. The modest red brick building is deceptively prosaic until step inside to the glittering treasure trove of magnificent murals painted by the acclaimed war artist Stanley Spencer. Due to it's location in a quiet corner of Hampshire, visitors will have to drive a short distance to marvel at these majestic sights, but the ride is worth it for these unforgettable aesthetic delights.
A While on the Wonderful Waterways
Return to Newbury's charming centre to enjoy classic cuisine in The Newbury Pub, a gorgeous gastro pub that serves innovative cuisine inspired by the fruitful surrounding areas. Sample freshly baked bread filled with rare roast beef and horseradish or smoked salmon and pea shoots, or savour indulgent mains like squid stuffed with chorizo and lemon or battered haddock and tartar sauce.
Next, take to the tranquil waters of the Kennet and Avon Canal on a unique horse drawn canal boat ride. The beautiful boat ride journeys through verdant trails, past enchanting woodlands and diverse wildlife on the tours that range from 2-4 hours. All of the boats feature comfortable seats and bars serving refreshing cups of aromatic English tea.
The Cosmopolitan Culture of the Corn Exchange
Return to dry land in order to enjoy the thriving arts scene of Newbury; the neoclassical splendour of The Corn Exchange is one of the area’s leading theatrical venues to its dedication to showcasing the UK's finest plays and films; either enjoy a dramatic live performance or appreciate the cinematic beauty of a new release before discovering the delectable delights of The Hare and Hound, a traditional yet elegant restaurant that serves perfectly presented and dynamic dishes such as beef Wellington, slow roast belly pork and their famous fish pie. Toast your idyllic retreat with a pint of real ale beside the roaring fire of the bar area.