Our area guide to living  in Bracknell

Bracknell is a large, vibrant town with a thriving community. Located west of London, with its surrounding villages of Binfield and Warfield, it offers an abundance of history and character.

Amenities

In the heart of Bracknell you can find The Lexicon Shopping Centre, offering an array of high street shops and eateries, alongside a multiplex cinema. Designed, developed, and executed through the help of a significant investment, this contemporary shopping centre has transformed the centre of Bracknell and continues to evolve. With collectively over 70 restaurants and shops such as H&M, M&S, Fenwick’s and Waitrose, The Lexicon is home to many well-known retailers and a wealth of places to eat, from popular national chains such as Nando’s, Zizzis and Wagamama, to independent cafes and restaurants like Coffee Barker and The Bull.

If you’re feeling thirsty or looking to gather with family or friends for a bite to eat, the local pubs in Bracknell and the surrounding areas are a big part of the community. The Stag & Hounds in Binfield, The Cricketers at Warfield and The Admiral Cunningham to name but a few.

For homemakers and DIY enthusiasts, the likes of Homebase and The Range are also within easy reach. On the weekend, Bracknell Market runs from Friday to Sunday outside Princess Square and is the place to visit for fresh produce. Here you’ll find fruit and veg, quality meat and fish, tasty baked goods and fresh flowers, along with independent artisan caterers. Bracknell is home to a number of primary and secondary schools making it the perfect area for families. With an academy and primary school rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, it’s easy to see why the area is desirable for those looking to move with children.

Leisure & Green Spaces

Bracknell has an enviable amount of green spaces to enjoy.  With over 2,600 acres of Crown Estate woodland, Swinley Forest is a haven for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers thanks to its abundance of wildlife. For a more challenging activity, head to The Look Out’s 15 miles of mountain bike trails or Go Ape Bracknell for a treetop adventure.

Coral Reef  Waterworld is another great spot for families with water slides, rapids and a pirate ship for the children. For the adults there’s a sauna and steam room too.

Around Bracknell, there are a number of gyms and also Bracknell Leisure Centre, with its three pools, a gym, group fitness studios, a sports hall, an outdoor pitch, athletics facilities and spa facilities. South Hill Park Arts Centre houses two theatres, a dance studio, creative spaces and a cinema within the beautiful grounds of an 18th century mansion house in Bracknell. Lily Hill Park is a Green Flag awarded 23-hectare public open space, with restored heritage parkland and gardens for you to explore and enjoy.

Transport links

Bracknell has excellent travel links for commuters and access to nearby towns and cities. There is easy road access to the A329, M3 and the M4 motorway, which runs from west London to southwest Wales.  Bracknell train station is conveniently located in the centre of the town and has regular services going to London Waterloo and Reading. There are also local buses to take you to surrounding towns such as Wokingham, Reading and Windsor, and excellent cycle routes with lots of places to park your bike. For those travel enthusiasts who are looking to go further afield, Bracknell’s nearest airport is London Heathrow and can be reached in just 30 minutes by car. Gatwick Airport is less than an hour away by road or around an hour and a half by public transport.

Local Schools