You can travel by train from London to Berkshire in 36 minutes, via Great Western Railways from London Paddington to Windsor and Eton Central. This will bring you within a 10min walk of Windsor Castle, its stunning state apartments and grounds. Great Western and South Western Rail operate services from London Paddington and Waterloo, serving many of the main towns and smaller stations across the county. See a full list of stations below.
Along with being home to a world-famous royal residence, Berkshire is a county that hosts sporting greatness, green spaces, interesting architecture and a vibrant collection of shops, bars and restaurants to keep all ages entertained. Whether you are more at home on a farm or watching a sailing regatta, Berkshire is the place to be.
Top attractions in Berkshire
- The Living Rainforest, Newbury: Jump off your trains to Berkshire in Newbury, and take a short taxi ride to this tropical wildlife attraction. 650 species of plants and animals call the 3 glasshouses home, and you can find out more about them and their natural habitats. Guided tours, family craft activities, Marmosets and Cinnamon, the two-toed sloth, are some highlights.
- Windsor Castle: A royal residence and one of the best-known historic sites in the country, Windsor Castle is a must-do on a visit to Berkshire. Beautifully maintained state apartments, St George's Chapel and Queen Mary's Doll House are all open to the public. See the Changing of the Guards and stroll through the grounds to end a great day out.
- Dorney Lake, Windsor: This purpose-built rowing lake may be familiar to anyone who watched the London 2012 Olympics, and it's continued to host events since, including 50 days of sporting action. Travel to Taplow or Burnham stations and enjoy one of the big regattas, including the Metropolitan Regatta, inspired by Charles Dickens.
- Ascot: Best known for its famous racecourse, Ascot is also an attractive town with a lively after-dark scene and a good selection of shops and restaurants. It's also a short drive away from the charming Savill Garden, a series of ornamental gardens.
- Wellington Country Park: Take the Stagecoach No 7 bus from Reading (Main) Station or Fleet Station to reach 350 acres of parkland, ready for all the family to enjoy. Visitors can head for the adventure play areas, mini golf or splash zone. There are also several nature trails, along with a campsite if you want to stay a while and take part in all the activities.
London to Berkshire by Train
If you're looking for trains to Berkshire from London, here is a selection of routes and operators covering some of the main towns in the county. Direct trains and scheduled services with 1 or 2 changes help you get to your destination.
- London Paddington to Newbury: Operated by Great Western Railway, this service calls at Reading train station with the option to change either at Didcot Parkway (1 change) or Reading West and Theale (2 stops).
- London to Reading: Great Western Railway operates fast and slow trains from London Paddington to Reading ranging from 25 minutes to 1 hour in length. Examples include a fast train stopping at Slough, or a slower route with stops including Twyford, West Drayton and Southall. South Western Trains also offer services to Reading from London Waterloo, which calls at Clapham Junction, Staines, Asco and Winnersh Triangle.
- London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside: Trains to Berkshire include this no-change South Western rail service. A 12-stop service on this same route includes stops at Putney, London Richmond, Feltham, Sunnymeads and Datchet.
- London Paddington to Maidenhead: This service is run by Great Western Railway. An example schedule includes a 42min direct service calling at Ealing Broadway, Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Slough, Burnham and Taplow, or you can take a direct service to Slough and change for a Maidenhead train calling at Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Train Stations in Berkshire
Check below for a list of all the train stations in Berkshire. Individual pages will contain details of the facilities available at each station, along with address details and a location map. To help with journey planning you can find train operator details and schedules, along with ticket prices for advanced bookings.
- Furze Platt
- Martins Heron
- Newbury Racecourse
- Reading West
- Windsor and Eton Central
- Windsor and Eton Riverside
- Winnersh Triangle