Tourist Information and Hotels in the Home Counties
The Home Counties are made up of Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire, and all are located within close proximity of London.
Between London and the sea lies the ancient Saxon County of Essex. As you travel from west to east the landscape in this vast county transforms from historic woodlands, through rolling wheat-fields dotted with poppies and windmills, to the estuaries and coastal villages and towns of the great North Sea.
In South central England there is a noble area, & part of the ancient kingdom of Wessex known as Berkshire, is the birthplace of King Alfred. Berkshire is made up of Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead, and Wokingham. For the visitor, Berkshire has as much to offer as any of the counties. Donnington Castle is a must-see; constructed during the late 14th century, the striking, twin-towered gatehouse of this castle survives amid impressive earthworks. Then there are the delights of The Corn Exchange. This entertainment venue, situated in Newbury's town centre presents drama, comedy, music, dance, exhibitions, films, & resident orchestra. In summer there are family shows and music in the streets and parks. Canals, fishing, golf and an abundance of historic sites too in this wonderful area of the United Kingdom.
Hertfordshire has some excellent attractions for tourists and residents to visit. It is also an excellent location to explore other parts of England, being just 30 minutes train journey from central London and about a 1 hour drive from Cambridge and Oxford. Hertfordshire is also very nearby to London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted airports.
Bedfordshire has a wide range of landscapes to experience. Ranging from the fantastic views at the Chalk hills of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the south, to the contrasting wooded hills of the Greensand Ridge which cross the middle of Bedfordshire as well as the river valleys of the Great Ouse, Ouzel, Ivel and Flit. Bedfordshire has so much to offer, with an enormous wealth of heritage, archaeology, wildlife, nature and habitats within the rural and urban landscapes.