When you think of places to visit in Berkshire; Windsor, Ascot, Eton or even Reading may come to mind. However, you may find this multicultural town, dating back to Norman times, to be a remarkably convenient base from which to explore London and the south-east of England.
Hotels in Slough are a lot more reasonable than in the capital for a start and with the town's superb rail connections you can reach London Paddington Station in just twenty minutes.
If you want to really get up close to royalty though, there is no better event to attend than the annual Royal Ascot race meeting.
Held at the Ascot Race-course in June, just 20 minutes from Slough, it is Britain's most valuable race meeting and a good excuse to get dressed up for the day.
You are also only a 15-minute drive from Heathrow's Terminal Five.
Slough literally means “swamp” and the name of the town is said to originate from a muddy mire near the original 12th century settlement.
It is right next the M4, M40 and M25 motorways and within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
It may surprise you then to discover that the world-famous Eton College – where countless members of the Royal Family and Prime Ministers have been educated since the 15th century – is just a 20-minute walk from Slough town centre!To celebrate the town's waterways you can also visit the annual Slough Canal Festival in September, including arts and crafts for sale and many outdoor activities.If you're looking for activities to get your pulse racing or to keep the kids amused, Slough has its fair share of these too.However, two of the town's most popular attractions are Black Park and Langley Country Park.Both are ideal for a lovely stroll, cycle or to take the dog out for a run.
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If you have a thirst to find out more about the town's origins, you can also pay a visit to Slough Museum.