Newbury is an historic market town that lies at the heart of central southern England approximatley 52 miles (84km) west of London. The town lies within easy reach of the ancient cities of Oxford to the north (26 miles / 42 km) and Winchester to the south (25 miles / 40 km). The town has a main line railway to London and is close to the busy M4 motorway.
During the 16th Century, 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 41,000 inhabitants whose workforce serves high tech industries such as Vodafone and Micro Focus.
Newbury is surrounded by beautiful countryside and dissected by the Kennet and Avon canal. Local sites of interest are Newbury Racecourse, Donnington Castle, The Watermill Theatre and Highclere Castle (also known by its TV name as Downton abbey). Further afield is the internationally important and historic monument of Stonehenge just an hour’s drive away and Windsor Castle, one of the homes of His Majesty, The King.