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Berkshire is a ceremonial county located in the South of England, just to the west of London. However, it is also commonly referred to as the Royal County of Berkshire. This was because of the presence of Windsor Castle and was coined by the Queen and a letters patent in 1974. `Berkshire is bordered by Buckinghamshire to the North-East, Oxfordshire to the North, Greater London to the east, Surrey to the South east, Wiltshire to the West and Hampshire to the south. Meaning it caters for a wide array of people and lifestyles.

The main settlements in Bedfordshire are West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell and Forest. These provide a selection of areas to live in from Cities to Towns to large areas of open ground in Berkshire’s countryside.

One of England’s main motorways bring the M40 runs through Berkshire, which connects London to the Midlands and Birmingham. Also the motorway the M4 which runs some 40 miles away from London has made the location important in the country’s transport system.

Berkshire is home to Windsor Castle and also the Royal Family meaning that it attracts a large amount of tourists. Other attractions include Lego Land Windsor, which is an ideal theme park for families with younger children. Moreover, Berkshire is also home to Ascot Racecourse, which hosts the Royal Ascot Race Day which is a very prestigious event. Other attractions in Berkshire would be walks in its vast expanses of countryside, catering for those with an outdoors lifestyle.

The population of Berkshire is clustered mainly around the larger settlements in the county such as Reading and Slough.

Berkshire is also home to 4 Universities, University if Reading, Henley Business School, Imperial College (Silwood Campus) and the University of West London. These universities attract a wide array of students from all over the country as well as from Berkshire itself.