At the heart of the central south
Newbury has prospered through the ages due to its fine strategic
location. Sitting on the crossroads of the old east west coaching
routes of London to Bristol and from the north south trade routes from
the seaports of Southampton and Portsmouth to Oxford and beyond Newbury
has always enjoyed good fortune.
During the middle ages, Newbury’s
riches were founded on the wool trade and later were to enjoy good
income from the coaching routes. Today Newbury is still a market town
of around 28,000 inhabitants whose workforce serves high tech industries
such as Vodafone and Bayer. The town has a main line railway to London
and the busy M4 motorway is just four miles to the north of the town.
Surrounded by beautiful
countryside and dissected by the Kennet and Avon canal Newbury now
enjoys levels of prosperity and a quality of life hardly bettered
anywhere in the UK. Employment levels are the highest in the UK. As a
place to visit Newbury has much to offer the tourist. Perhaps best known
for its racecourse frequently visited by Royalty a day’s horse racing “
at Newbury” accompanied by a stay at one of Newbury’s high quality
hotels is something to be savoured.
For those interested in history
then a visit to the town’s museum will quickly disclose the vital role
Newbury played in the civil war. Highclere Castle, the home to the
Earls of Carnarvon, is just a couple of miles to the south of the town.
A beautiful neo gothic castle awaits the visitor who can enjoy tours of
the castle and of the grand estate. In recent years Newbury has
developed a bustling nightlife with many restaurants now facing the
attractive market place.
For theatre lovers an acclaimed
arts centre ‘The Corn Exchange’ now has high quality entertainment
throughout the year. Just to the West of the Town in a tiny village one
of the country’s most valuable theatres set in an old mill through which
the river Lambourn flows ‘The Watermill Theatre’ is home to stage
plays and musicals of the highest quality.
Eight miles to the West of the
town is the antique centre of Hungerford and the old English town of
Marlborough a few miles beyond. To the south is the ancient city of
Winchester and to the north lies Oxford, arguably the greatest centre of
education in the world. For those people wanting to travel a little
further, Windsor Castle, one of the homes of Her Majesty The Queen, is
just an hour away to the east. The internationally important and
historic monument of Stonehenge is just an hour’s drive to the South
West. We invite you to discover Newbury, the heart of the central