Carol Peace sculpture at Coworth Park grounds
Art and culture

Must-see art galleries around Berkshire

April 27, 2022

Berkshire is a county full of art treasures, all waiting to be discovered. Here we explore galleries on the doorstep of Coworth Park, filled with historical art, contemporary masterpieces and works by emerging artists.

Eton College’s museums and collections

One of England’s most reputable educational institutions, Eton College is also home to a rich collection of archives, manuscripts, artefacts and rare books, many of which professors use while teaching. Visitors are welcome to explore its museums, which house windows painted by the stained-glass artist John Piper, a page from a draft of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and a perfect copy of the Gutenberg Bible, an early example of a printed book.

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6DW

looking through eton college doors
God save the queen artwork in windsor

Castle Fine Art

This gallery has nurtured new talent since 1995, showcasing contemporary limited-edition works and bespoke pieces, which come with hand-signed certificates by emerging artists. You can also browse works by household names; look out for photographs by the former World Cup champion Pelé, sketches by the Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connelly, and charcoal, oil and spray paint portraits by The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood. The gallery also hosts regular events where you can mingle with artists. 

Unit 24, Windsor Royal Station, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1PJ

The Lightbox

Recognised for its sustainable energy practices, this landmark building features overlapping aluminium panels in shades of gold and silver. Designed in 2007 by Marks Barfield Architects – the duo behind the London Eye and Kew Gardens’ treetop walkway – The Lightbox features three galleries alongside exhibitions, talks, tours and workshops. Visit the Ingram Collection to view works by modern British artists including Edward Burra and Lynn Chadwick and allow time to take in the Joan Hurst Collection’s striking modern sculptures such as Elisabeth Frink’s ‘Horse and Rider,’ bronze. 

Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA

Bridget Riley artwork
Courtesy of The Light Box
Stanley Spencer, The Dustbin artwor

Stanley Spencer Gallery

This gallery in Cookham, a 30-minute drive from Coworth Park, is named after the eponymous local artist, whose paintings have been exhibited at Tate Britain and the Royal Academy in London. Housed in the former Wesleyan Chapel where Stanley used to worship, the gallery opened in 1962, and now welcomes around 15,000 visitors each year. Delight in Nature: Stanley Spencer’s World, which runs until October 30, 2022, celebrates the artist’s favourite works – while he’s known for his landscapes, his passion was to paint pieces inspired by the natural world. 

High Street, Cookham, Berkshire SL6 9SJ

South Hill Park

Formerly a stately home, the Grade II-listed South Hill Park celebrates all forms of creative expression, bringing together theatre, cinema and art. Throughout the year, the art centre hosts events, film screenings and theatre performances in its galleries, studios, terraces and landscaped gardens. Its recent exhibition, Sense of Space, displayed a collection of works by the Reading Guild of Artists, which reflected upon our surroundings in a post-pandemic world. 

Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7PA

exterior of south hill park in the sunshine
Courtesy of South Hill Park

Once you’ve visited these galleries and museums, discover art in Windsor and our own Coworth Park sculptures dotted around the grounds.


Coworth Park

The scenic route to five-star bliss. Coworth Park offers idyllic relaxation in many guises, from a rural detox to an indulgent, romantic escape. Here you’ll find an experience to refresh every sense within our welcoming oasis of calm.

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