Once a busy industrial canal wharf, Hungerford Wharf is now a picture of tranquillity. And a great place to start exploring the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal!
The Kennet & Avon Canal was born in 1794 when it was agreed that linking the river navigations at Newbury and Bath via a canal would bring huge benefits to Hungerford. It opened new markets and provided cheap transport for bulky goods. Today, it provides a wonderful base for a family day out in the country.
Hungerford Arcade Antiques & Noncollectable is an award winning Antiques Centre. They are proud to have the title of the UK’s Best Antiques Centre 2012 – as voted for by readers of The BBC Homes and Antiques magazine. With over 100 antiques dealers under one roof, it has something to entice every visitor, from pocket money collectors to lottery-winning big spenders.
The Arcade has been trading for over 40 years and was one of the first antiques centres to be opened in this country. The ancient building, which is home to the Arcade, is situated in the centre of the historic market town of Hungerford, set in the beautiful Berkshire countryside. The interior is laid out to resemble a ‘street’, with a series of walk-in units and cabinets under its ancient beams.
Perhaps the biggest testament to how good a racecourse Newbury is comes with the news that it has been voted Racecourse of the Year five times in a row – no other has come close to matching that accolade. The key to Newbury’s popularity is that it has high-class Flat and National Hunt racing throughout they year, with perhaps the best mix of any racecourse – evening meetings with well-known pop groups, Saturday and Sunday fixtures, quieter midweek meetings for aficionados and one of the best jumps races outside of the Cheltenham Festival, in the shape of the Hennessy Gold Cup. It is easy and quick – an hour – to reach by train from London, and by car, and viewing is excellent.
Around 20 minutes away from our hotel is your chance to enjoy exploring what it is really like behind the scenes of “The Real Downton Abbey“. Highclere is a beautiful Castle and landscape which is attended by many thousands of visitors every year.
Please check their website for any upcoming events and openings which will be announced on their events page and the Shop/Tickets section of the website.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Gardens, Tea Rooms, and Gift Shop throughout the day and outside of the times stated on your tickets. Admission times refer to the period within which you should begin a visit to the Castle itself.
Last admission is at 4:00pm and the Estate closes at 6:00pm.
Newbury is a small town right in the heart of West Berkshire. It boasts a great range of attractions from the top class Racecourse to Highclere Castle, the home of hit ITV series Downton Abbey.
Whether you are local or visiting the area this website will provide information about places to eat, shop, attractions, activities, walks, accommodation and much more.
Newbury town centre has many convenient car parks with over 2000 car parking spaces in the town centre. These include short stay, long stay and a coach park with a mixture of pay on exit and pay on display carparks.
If you’re in Berkshire with a couple of kids and time on your hands, they will thank you mightily for booking a trip to Bucklebury Farm Park. Discover more than 70 acres of parkland where you’ll find deer roaming, free tractor and trailor rides around the terrain, farmyard animals galore (ponies, donkeys, pigs, wild boar and lots of other animals to pat and feed), a pat-a pet area with rabbits and guinea pigs, an indoor play area with slides, an outdoor adventure playground, a nature trail, woodland walk and large picnic area.
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