Charles Church


Newbury enjoys an exceptional position at the heart of the key routes between Oxford and Southampton, London and Bristol. It’s not a through-town though. Newbury has kept its own heart as a thriving market town, with great connections, history, and heritage, thanks to its famous racecourse.

Choosing a new home here is a great base for some of the larger towns and cities in Berkshire, Wiltshire, and Hampshire. Basingstoke, Reading, Swindon, Andover, Salisbury, and Winchester are all within easy reach, thanks to the A34 and M4. These key routes are near enough to be really convenient, but not so close that they impact on this historic town. There’s everything you need from a hometown here, with high street stores and independent shops, local markets and national supermarkets. Add the great leisure facilities – whether at a fitness class at the Northcroft Leisure Centre or a family walk along the banks of the River Kennet – and Newbury’s appeal is clear.

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Shopping is at the heart of a thriving town and Newbury has the fantastic tradition of four different markets, as well as mainstream and independent shops. The Charter Market is every week, the Farmers Market is once a month, the Artisan Market is monthly from March to December, and there’s a Vegan Market four times a year. There are modern shopping malls such as Parkway Shopping and Kennet Shopping, and there are independent shops in historic streets and buildings too, including Weavers Walk, inches Yard, Market Place and Cheap Street.

Travel and transport

Newbury has the advantage of two train stations, with regular services to London Paddington taking less than an hour. For drivers, the A34, Oxford to Winchester route, is to the west of the town, and you can join the M4 at Chieveley, 3 miles to the north. Newbury is halfway between Oxford and Winchester, both about 25 miles away. Swindon is 27 miles away, and Reading is 20 miles away.

Education and leisure

Three secondary schools serve the town: St Bartholomew’s, Park House, and Trinity School. Several independent schools add to your choices.  For further and higher education, Newbury College has its campus in the town. As well as the famous racecourse, there are plenty of other sports and leisure facilities, including cinema, theatre, and the Northcroft Leisure Centre which includes a swimming pool.  Another recreational asset for the town is the Kennet and Avon Canal.