Home to royals and prime ministers, posh and prosperous Berkshire is and has long been the home county of many of England’s most important figures. The top toff of the lot, the Queen, regularly stops in to spend time at her favourite castle. But aside from the impressive fortress at Windsor, the county is full of exquisitely maintained villages and fabulous countryside.
Windsor and the adjacent college town of Eton are two of the most visited destinations in the country, and with good reason. Windsor Castle, with its romantic architecture, superb state rooms and traditional changing of the guard, is an absolute must-see. It’s so prominent, you’d be hard pressed to visit Windsor and avoid it.
Over the water, Eton is a quieter town with England’s most famous public school and a clutch of endearing antique shops. Not forgetting the Thames itself, which flows attractively between the two towns and is just asking for a boat trip.