The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Bracknell
Here is everything you need to know about Bracknell, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
House price’s in Bracknell
Is Bracknell a nice place to live?
Is Bracknell safe?
Travelling in Bracknell
What are the schools like in Bracknell?
Universities in Bracknell
Eating and drinking in Bracknell
Shopping in Bracknell
Hotels in Bracknell
Top 10 things to do in Bracknell
Bracknell is a large town in Berkshire and the administrative centre of the borough of Bracknell Forest. It is located 11 miles of Reading, 9 miles away from Maidenhead and 10 Miles from Windsor. There are two rivers that run through Bracknell Forest; Blackwater and Cut and it is known for its exceptional wildlife. There is also easy access to London from Bracknell. With it being only 25 miles away.
As of 2018, Bracknell has an estimated population of around 84,000.
The average cost of a property in Bracknell is around £393,146, property prices have seen an uplift of 1.37% since February 2021 and 8.23% since May 2020.
- Flats sell for an average £268,483
- Terraced houses sell for an average of £409,747
- Semi detached sell for £410,902 on average
- Detached houses sell for £566,662 on average
Bracknell is known as a commuter town, which makes it a good place to live, if you work in the city but don’t want to actually live there. It is also a good place for families to live, as there are plenty of family friendly things to do there. There is the very popular Coral Reef Waterworld and South Hill Park that contains various attractions and leisure facilities all set in a fabulous mansion house. Not to forget that London is only 30 miles away, so you would have easy access to all the sights that London has to offer.
Looking at an average month in Bracknell there are roughly around 370 crimes reported, the majority of which took place in the south of Bracknell and 140 taking place in the town centre. The most common crimes reported are violence and sexual offences, which made up 53 of the total crimes. The second most common is criminal damage and arson which made up 18 of the crimes reported.
Coral Reef Waterworld
Coral Reef Waterworld is one of the UKs largest interactive water facilities. There is a large range of activities to get involved in the water, as well as dry activities for those not wanting to get wet. There are waterslides, a pirate ship and even an erupting volcano! There is also an adult only spa for those looking to relax and unwind. The main pool has a host of ways to entertain you and the family, there are rapids, a bubble pool, as well as a little corals area for children. Older children can enjoy 5 waterslides, while the under 5s can enjoy smaller slides in the Coral pool. The pirate slide is also a popular attraction that features water cannons and slides.
South Hill Park Arts Centre
Set in a beautiful 18th century mansion house, South Hill Park Art Centre contains two theatres, a dance studio, creative spaces and a cinema. South Hill Parks hosts over 300 shows, events and films every year, as well as putting on 250 courses and workshops. There is something for everyone with a huge range of entertainment. Big-name comedians often do their warm up gigs here, so it’s a great place to catch your favourite names. The theatres are full of in-house dramas and the annual pantomime. There are also a number of food and musical festivals hosted in the grounds that you can attend for free and a craft fair in November.
All the buses in Bracknell are fitted with tracking technology as they drive along their routes, this means you are able to access extremely accurate times, as to when they will arrive at your stop. You are also able to purchase a ‘PlusBus’ ticket, which combines bus and rail travel. It allows unlimited local bus travel around Bracknell on both ends of your train journey.
You can catch South West trains in Bracknell at the two local stations Bracknell and Martins Heron, trains go to Reading and London Waterloo and all the stations in-between.
The Old Hatchet Pub and Restaurant
This 16th century English country pub is perfect for those looking for a pub grub. There are flagstone floors and open fires, so you can enjoy your food in beautiful surroundings. They source all their meat and fish from local suppliers, so you can be sure all the food is as fresh as it comes. There is also changing daily specials and on a Sunday, you can treat yourself to a delicious roast with all the trimmings.
This isn’t your average restaurant, you will literally need to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. This is one spectacular, messy, glorious American food fest. You’ll find all the smokehouse favourites inspired by flavours from Southern America. There is a traditional smoker on site, where your food will be cooked for hours over hickory wood. The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed, so it’s a great spot for families and friends looking for a good time.
There are many shopping opportunities in Bracknell. A great place for those looking for a retail fix, is The Lexicon, it has more than 100 fashion and beauty brands, as well as a cinema and restaurants and cafes. Stores include; Accessorise, Cath Kidston, Fenwick, H&M, New Look, Next as well as many more.
This hotel is located 2 miles from the centre of Bracknell, just off the M4 motorway. The hotel features 2 bars, leisure facilities and luxury 4-star bedrooms. Your room will have free Wi-Fi, a seating area and a selection of rooms have a private terrace. There is a Wellness Fitness Club where you will find a gym, swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. For those looking for a party there is even a nightclub on site! The hotel eatery, Rowan’s Restaurant, serves a fun and varied menu, whereas as the other option is The Keller, which serves traditional pub grub.
Set in 10 acres of stunning grounds, in the heart of the Thames Valley, Stirrups hotel offers a traditional welcome. Its owned and run by a family and with this comes a personal touch. There are 30 luxury bedrooms that have all the mod cons, while still maintaining the traditional homey feel. You’ll find open fireplaces, exposed wood beams with low ceilings, as well as a lovely colourful garden. There is an on-site restaurant that offers modern as well as traditional food options and an expensive wine list.
This hotel has a 24 hour front desk, so you can check in anytime of the day or night, as well as luggage storage and free Wi-Fi. Every room features a desk, flat-screen television and an en-suite bathroom. You are able to have a full English/Irish breakfast in the morning and the hotel has a terrace and a conference centre. The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport, 26.7 miles from the hotel.
- The Look Out Discovery Centre
- South Hill Park Arts Centre & Wilde Theatre
- Lily Hill Park
- The Lexicon
- Coral Reef Waterworld- Bracknell’s Water World
- Whoosh Play Centre
- Bill Hill Ancient Monument
- John Nike Leisuresport Complex
- Mill Pond
- Hedgehog Park
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