The Royal County of Berkshire is one of the longest established counties in England, dating back to the 9th century. Among many notable facts, it is home to Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world.
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Geography, transport & economy
The River Thames for the most part forms the county boundary to the north of Berkshire. To the south and east, the land slopes up into wooded areas around Bracknell and Windsor Great Park, bordering the neighbouring counties of Surrey and Hampshire.
Berkshire has a population of just over 800,000 – the most densely populated areas being Reading and Slough. Subsequently these two areas enjoy thriving industry, and are home to the headquarters of many of the UK’s largest companies and biggest employers, mostly in the technology sector. The fantastic infrastructure of the county allows all of these locations to be easily accessed from neighbouring towns and villages – areas such as Sunningdale, Bracknell, Virginia Water and Ascot all benefit from being no more than half an hour by car or train from all the largest towns.
The west of the county is more rural and as a result, less populous. Newbury and Thatcham are two of the larger towns in the area, but still enjoy excellent connections to the hustle and bustle of the more urban areas to the north and east.
Notable locations & attractions
Both Ascot and Newbury are renowned for their racecourses, with the former staging Royal Ascot, an event attended by The Queen and several members of The Royal Family, whom reside at Windsor Castle during the event, just six miles away. Newbury is a venue for several National Hunt races, including the Hennessy Gold Cup.
Leisure facilities are well provisioned in Berkshire, with many swimming pools, outdoor recreation areas, shopping centres, retail parks and entertainment venues.
The county is also home to many parks, museums and English Heritage sites such as Donnington Castle, Shaw House and the Calleva Atrebatum – an Iron Age settlement and subsequent Roman town, is just across the border into Hampshire.