Slough isn’t a tourist town nor would it claim to be, but there are still a number of places well worth visiting here if you know where to look. This page highlights some of the more attractive places to visit in Slough. Use the shortcut buttons to get to the relevant pages.
Colnbrook High Street
In spite of being so close to Heathrow Airport, Colnbrook village is a very pleasant place. Park your car in the large main car park in Vicarage Way, the picturesque Church of St Thomas lies just to the east. The car park is within easy reach of the High Street which is a string of Grade II listed buildings.
The Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook High Street
Many of the buildings are former inns, only the Star and Garter, Ye Olde George and the Ostrich survive. The Ostrich is noted because 60 murders were allegedly committed there by the landlord Jarman in Medieval times. All three pubs are very pleasant and serve very good pub food. To visit the relevant pages click on either of the buttons below:
St Laurence’s Church
Reputed to be the oldest building in Slough, it is the final resting place of many of the town’s historic residents including the astronomer Sir William Herschel and other members of his family and members of the Bentley family, Charles Dickens’ publishers.
The church features a three-part stained-glass window which shows the Earth and the seven planets of the Solar System that were known to Herschel in his lifetime. To visit the St Laurence page click on the button.
Slough’s parks are generally of a high with four them achieving Green Flag status and Herschel Park is arguably the best of them. It lies to the south of Slough’s town centre in the ward of Upton which has an array of interesting old buildings. It is bounded on three sides by Victorian terraces that make up the Upton Park Estate.
The park features an arboretum in 1842, two duck ponds joined by a bridge and meandering pathways. To the south-east is a wildlife reserve. Car parking is provided at the other end of the reserve. The Herschel Park pages are to be found in the Upton page. To visit the pages click on the button.
A little over 3 miles of the Jubilee River lies within Slough Borough Council and is known as Slough Linear Park. There are a number of places to access the park but the highlight is Dorney Wetlands which is best accessed at Lake End.
The best place to access Dorney Wetlands is from the car park at Lake End, Dorney. Take the footpath to the east and after less than half a mile the area opens up into Dorney Wetlands. It is an area deliberately designed to attract wildlife and at different times of the year it does this in abundance.
Great crested grebe are common on the Jubilee River and are present all year round. To visit the Jubilee River pages click on the button.
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