The White Hart Inn is located at the heart of the North Wessex Downs, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty stretching from Devizes in the west to the edges of Reading in the east, taking in a diverse range of tourist attractions and vast swathes of the southern England’s most breath-taking scenery. Within easy reach of The White Hart Inn you’ll find fascinating museums, stately homes, canals and rivers, country parks, theatres and much more.
The White Hart Inn … perfect for … everywhere
local walks & cycling
Whether you’re a seasoned rambler or just looking for a relaxing stroll, The White Hart Inn is the perfect start and finish point for walks that will take you through an idyllic plethora of Berkshire countryside, from magical woodland to rolling meadows.
A historic market town, with a proper high street and a charming market square , as well as a the modern Parkway Shopping Centre and canal wharf, parks, a museum and more.
Enjoy a breathtaking cross-country drive to this stunning 17th century country house, home to the acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey, and just eight miles from The White Hart Inn.
The Kennet & Avon Canal
Slow the pace and return to a simpler age as you take in this stunning rural canal and its adjacent river. Join the canal near the pub, or head into Newbury and visit the Wharf.
Whether you choose the horse-drawn barge, a leisurely cruise on the famous Rose of Hungerford or a trip on the Jubilee from Newbury Wharf, there’s no better way to relax and take in the magnificent Kennet & Avon Canal scenery.
Just 10 minutes drive away, through the beautiful Hungerford Common Nature Reserve, you’ll find the historic market town of Hungerford, famed for its many antique shops and arcades.
WEst Berkshire Museum
Housed in two of Newbury’s most historic buildings, the recently refurbished West Berkshire Museum tells the fascinating story of the local area with a huge range of exhibits.
For a perfect day at the races look no further than Newbury Racecourse, with flat and jump races throughout the year as well as concerts and other events.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour
Uncover the secrets of the world-famous gin on the site of an historic paper mill in the Hampshire countryside. Learn about the processes that go into the craft of making Bombay Sapphire gin, and much more, just 20 minutes’ drive from The White Hart Inn. Our guests enjoy 20% off all tours.
A few bunny-hops from The White Hart Inn is the real Watership Down , popular with walkers and cyclists, and the inspiration for Richard Adams’ beloved novel.
A wander through Snelsmore Common will take in a range of habitats including heathland, wet mires and woodland. Look out for varied wildlife, from ponies to reptiles to nationally rare birds. Snelsmore Common is about 5 miles from us and there’s a café & toilets onsite.
A short, stunning drive from The White Hart Inn, Combe Gibbet strikes an imposing and haunting image on top of Gallows Down, where two murderers were executed in 1676. It also offers amazing views of four counties and with a large car park is a great starting point for a ramble along the ridgeway.
& Control Tower
The famous airbase is now a large nature reserve with wild ponies, cattle and more, perfect for rambling and exploring. The runway and bunkers are still visible, and you can look around the original 1950s control tower, which often hosts art or photography exhibitions and has a charming café.
The Watermill Theatre
Newbury’s famous Watermill Theatre, set in the picturesque village of Bagnor, is home to a programme of high-quality productions and is a unique venue, just a few miles from The White Hart Inn.
The Corn Exchange
Corn Exchange Newbury presents and produces theatre, dance, music, film, comedy and visual arts.
One of the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England, historically fascinating and set in tranquil gardens.
A “Special Site of Scientific Interest” and covering 4500 acres, Savernake Forest is also home to the ancient Big Belly Oak and Duke’s Vaunt Oak – lose yourself in nature, just a short drive from The White Hart inn.
The Living Rainforest
At the Living Rainforest you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest. Three glasshouses are home to over 850 types of rainforest plants and animals – including rare and endangered species of global conservation value.
Quintessentially English chalk stream fishing though gardens, water meadows and riparian woodlands. The historic fishing lodge is a great HQ for the day and its walls are lined with memorabilia from fishing days past and present, all just a stone’s throw from The White Hart Inn.
Sandham Memorial Chapel
The world-famous chapel was built to accommodate a series of paintings by Stanley Spencer, inspired by his own experiences of the First World War.
Just a few miles from The White Hart Inn, with impressive views of whole area the remains of Donnington Castle offer a glimpse of history and a good base for walking.
A little further afield…
If you feel like exploring a little further, some of the south’s most notable tourist attractions are within an hour’s drive from The White Hart Inn, from ancient sites like Stonehenge and Avebury to historical cathedral cities Winchester and Salisbury.