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Newbury

National Rail | station code NBY

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A historic market town in West Berkshire with many 17th century buildings in the town centre. At one time it was a busy inland port on the Kennet & Avon Canal which is near the railway for much of the way between Reading and Pewsey. The nearby racecourse has its own station east of the town centre.

TI Town Hall, Market Place. Tel. 01635 30267.

www.visitnewbury.org.uk | www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Accommodation in Newbury area

West Berkshire Museum ¼ mile

The Museum tells the story West Berkshire from pre-history to the present day. It is housed in two historic buildings, the 17th century Cloth Hall and old Granary/Corn Stores in the Wharf. Café. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01635 519562.
Open WThFSSu & BH 1000-1600.
www.westberkshireheritage.org

Donnington Castle EH 1¾ miles

Donnington Castle was the focus of a Civil War siege and battle. Earthworks and the impressive twin-towered 14th century gatehouse remain. Admission free (external viewing only).
Open Daily dawn-dusk.
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Newbury map

Highclere Castle by taxi, or bus then 2 miles

The Victorian country house home of the Earl and Countess of Carnavon. The House was designed by Sir Charles Barry in Jacobethan style and the Park by Capability Brown. Highclere Castle was the main filming location of the popular TV series Downton Abbey. Egyptian exhibition. Gardens and Woodlands. Estate walks in July and August (see website for details and map). Tearooms. Please note that tickets are limited and should be booked in advance to ensure entry. Tel. 01635 253210.
Open mid Jul-Aug, MTWThSu & BH 1030-1800. See website for other dates, including Easter.
www.highclerecastle.co.uk
Bus 7/7A from Bus Station (¼ mile from Rail Station). Bus 7 to Highclere village, Red House, then 2 miles walk via public footpath and estate road. Bus 7A to Burghclere, Carpenters Arms, then 2 miles walk via main entrance. Both routes 18 minutes journey (but 34 minutes return on 7A due to one-way circular route), M-S infrequent. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Andover.
Taxi: see Newbury station poster.

Sandham Memorial Chapel NT by bus or taxi

The Chapel contains an outstanding series of paintings by the artist Stanley Spencer, inspired by his experiences in the First World War. An exhibition tells the story of Sandham. Picnics welcome in the Garden. Tel. 01635 278394.
Open Mar-Oct, WThFSSu & BH 1100-1600.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 7A from Bus Station (¼ mile from Rail Station) to Burghclere, Carpenters Arms (near Chapel). One-way circular route, 18 minutes outward journey (34 minutes return), M-S infrequent. Operated by Stagecoach.
Taxi: see Newbury station poster.

Highclere map