Berkshire Visitor Attractions
Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the 'Historic Properties and Gardens' and 'Nature and Wildlife' pages.
We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.
Museum of Berkshire Aviation - "Berkshire's dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically recaptured at the museum. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading, U.K. - once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives"
"Most of the Museum is accessible for disabled visitors. A wheel chair is available to anyone who requires one to get round the Museum. Just ask at the pay desk. Guide dogs welcome museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk
Reading Museum - "Discover our Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin collection, archaeology from Roman Silchester and Reading Abbey, our famous Victorian copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, the natural history of Reading, modern art and sculpture, and much more, whilst a short walk away through the Abbey Quarter is the Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock." - Galleries are wheelchair accessible, the museum has a public lift, there is a Sensory Map to download from their website to help visitors on the autism spectrum. - www.readingmuseum.org.uk
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - Great Missenden - "Come face-to-face with Fantastic Mr Fox, measure up to your Roald Dahl heroes, pull a power pose next to Matilda and discover Roald Dahl's famous Writing Hut - the birthplace of your favourite characters - at the Museum of the World's No.1 Storyteller" -
"The Roald Dahl Museum and Shop are all fully wheelchair and push chair accessible, as we are a step-free site. The Café has a step (we are a listed building and unable to change our layout) but there is a bell for assistance and a ramp is available. We have two fully accessible loos. We have a manual wheelchair which you may borrow, though we do advise calling in advance to ensure it is available. Carers receive free admission. We have tactile maps, a hearing loop, and audio transcripts of audio visual presentations. We have a babychange room as well as baby changing facilities for parents/carers in wheelchairs. We have British Sign Language interpretation throughout the Museum via the Museum's Signly app. You can download the free app via the Apple or Google Play stores, search 'Signly Roald Dahl Museum'." www.roalddahl.com/museum
Swinley Forest - "owned and managed by the Crown Estate, and stretches over 2,600 acres of gentle hills from Bracknell to Crowthorne." The Look Out Discovery Centre has over 90 activities for children of all ages, there is an adventure play area, the Woodlarks Café, Go Ape Bracknell with its tree top adventures and the Swinley Bike Hub for cycle hire. There are walks and Mountain Biking trails for all levels of ability, "Green Trail (1.2 km/1 mile) – Easy ; Blue Trail (10.1 km/6.25 miles) – Moderate ; Red Trail (13 km/8 miles) – Difficult"- www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Thames Boat Trips French Brothers offer a number of boat trips from Windor, including a 2 hour sightseeing trip - www.frenchbrothers.co.uk
West Berkshire Museum - "housed in two of Newbury’s best loved historic buildings - the 17th century Cloth Hall and the old Granary / Corn Stores in the Wharf. - "Our permanent exhibition tells the story of West Berkshire, from the rocks under our feet to the stories of the people who have lived here. It also looks at historic local events which have had international resonance such as the Greenham Common protests and national events such as the battles of Newbury" -
"The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. There are lifts at each end of the building. Floors are tiles or hardwood and galleries are designed to allow a wheelchair user free movement around the displays.The Welcome area is accessible by a ramp. The shop has a step but level access is available by entering and exiting through the same door and entering the rest of the Welcome area by the ramp. A sensory bag is available at the museum reception, which is free for visitors to borrow. Inside a drawstring bag is a pair of universal ear defenders, wraparound sunglasses, magnifying glass and a selection of fidget/sensory toys to enhance a visit to the Museum. "
Windsor Great Park - "Explore Windsor Great Park and you will discover a Royal history spanning over 1,000 years, including - historical monuments, ancient forests and stunning horticultural displays, as well as rare wildlife, plants and fungi." - "The Long Walk provides a smooth and even tarmac path which runs for 2.5 miles (4.2km) from Windsor Castle gates all the way up to Snow Hill. However, the path does not run all the way to the Copper Horse statue itself - although does join a road that continues to traverse the Deer Park, towards Bishopsgate in one direction and Rangers Gate in the other direction." www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk