First appearing in a 10th century Saxon document as "Braccen Heal", Bracknell has grown from humble beginnings to a thriving business centre. Home to a number of leading global company headquarters including Waitrose, Hewlett Packard, DELL and BMW, Bracknell offers a vast variety of history, culture and attractions appealing to customers visiting for business and leisure.
This growing town located 10 miles south west of Windsor lies within the Bracknell Forest area of Berkshire. Neighbouring towns include Reading, Crowthorne and Sandhurst. Ideal for those commuting to London, Bracknell is located between the M3 and the M4 motorways. There are two railway stations (Bracknell and Martin's Heron) with regular services to Waterloo and Reading. Both the University of Reading and Royal Holloway College are 8 miles away from Bracknell town centre with The Silwood Park campus of the Imperial College just 5 miles away.
Literature and the arts are a must for people visiting Bracknell. It is widely believed that Oscar Wilde named his character Lady Bracknell in the book, "The Importance of Being Ernest" after visiting the area. 1760 mansion South Hill Park is home to "The Wilde Theatre and arts centre". Bracknell and the surrounding areas have also appeared in various film and TV productions, from Martins Reach in "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" to Birch Hill in "Time Bandits".
Popular with families Bracknell has a number of activities on offer for all ages and abilities. Visitors can take a peaceful Woodland Walk in the forest, catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster at the ODEON, bowling at The Point Bracknell, the towns leading entertainment complex. Coral Reef Water Park and The John Nike Leisure sport complex in nearby Binfield offer an ice rink and dry ski slope catering for the more energetic.
Swinley Forest is located between Bracknell and Bagshot and consists of over 2,600 acres of forest woodland. Film buffs may recognise the forest from its appearance in the "Harry Potter" films. Within the forest lies Crowthorne Woods which is home to "Caesar's Camp", one of only two Iron Age hill forts in Britain. Lying upon steep hills and ditches this 2000 year old fort overlooks Broadmoor. Beside the fort is a science exhibition and "The Look Out Discovery Centre" giving visitors fun facts and knowledge of the science and nature that occurs within the forest.
Swinley Park located within the forest is home to a number of rare birds such as the Woodlark and Dartford Warblers. Swinley Park has a number of protected areas in the woods for its diverse wildlife. The woodland terrain of Swinley Forest make an ideal setting for mountain biking with a number of marked trails and off-road "Single-Track" trails available. For the more adventurous among you, a visit to the forest experience "Go Ape" is highly recommended. Opened in 2007, Go Ape is home to a number of tree-top activities involving Tarzan Swings, Zip Wires and Rope Bridges. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground Segways offer an alternative way to explore the forest trails.
With plenty to see and do and the added 'home from home' feel of staying in a serviced apartment, make sure Bracknell is next on your list of places to stay!
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