For many years Slough was the ugly sister to nearby Windsor and the industrialisation of the town led to it having the dubious honour of a poem written about it by former Poet Laureate John Betjeman - the first line reading "Come friendly bombs and drop on Slough"! Oh dear!
Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Slough. Click one to see more.
- Stoke Park Country Spa and Golf Club
Stoke Park is one of Slough's hidden gems!
Encircling the club's 300 acre Buckinghamshire parkland estate, the famous 27 hole Championship golf course is undisputedly one of the finest parkland courses in the country. Created in 1908 by eminent golf architect Harry Colt, the Stoke Park course has been the inspiration for many of the world's most famous holes, including Augusta's infamous 16th.
The course itself has seen many impressive rounds in its prestigious history, including the first PGA Matchplay tournament in 1910 and James Bond's epic golfing duel in the 1964 classic 'Goldfinger'. Needless to say 007 comes out on top in that ungentlemanly battle!
For more information: www.stokepark.com
- The Fat Duck Restaurant, Bray
Just up the road from Slough is Bray, home to the world famous The Fat Duck restaurant - brainchild of the brilliantly innovative uberchef that is Heston Blumenthal.
It may seem odd to pick a restaurant as an attraction but The Fat Duck has become a destination in it's own right. It's won so many awards that we can't even list them all here but 3 Michelin stars and numerous top 3 spots in 'best restaurant in the world' catagories can't be wrong.
It's not cheap but worth the effort, as long as you book a table - waiting lists are 2 months in advance!! Probably not a good idea trying your luck as a walk-in then.
For more information: www.thefatduck.co.uk
- Cliveden Estate
A country retreat on a grand scale and just 6 miles north west of Slough, Cliveden's magnificent gardens and breathtaking views have been admired for centuries. Visited by virtually every British monarch since George I, in the early 20th century it became home to Waldorf and Nancy Astor. As the glittering hub of society, numerous parties and political gatherings were hosted here and later Cliveden became infamously associated with the scandalous Profumo Affair.
Today, the whole family can experience the relaxed grandeur of Cliveden and enjoy exploring the astonishingly beautiful gardens and woodlands. The house is a hotel, and tours of parts of the interior are available on certain days.
For more information visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-cliveden
- Burnham Beeches
Burnham Beeches is an area of 220 hectares of beautiful ancient woodland located close to Farnham Common and just 4 miles from Slough's town centre.
The largely beech woodland has been regularly pollarded, with many trees now several hundred years old. Their age, and the amount of deadwood in and around them, means that the woodland is rich in wildlife. More than sixty of the species of plants and animals here are either rare or under threat nationally. The area is protected as a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and a candidate Special Area of Conservation.
Mainly though it's just a really beautiful place to escape from Slough's industrial surroundings and get back to nature!
Find out more: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/burnham-beeches-and-stoke-common
- Station Jim
Slough's Station Jim was a favourite of commuters at the end of the 19th century. He was a mascot for the Great Western Railway Widows' and Orphans' Fund, and he would bark for every penny put in his collecting tin, or beg, bow and do many other tricks. When Jim died, the people of Slough missed him so much that they had him embalmed. He now resides on Slough Station's platform 5.
'Dog Jim' was first brought to Slough Station when he was about three months old. The first trick he learnt was to get over the stairs of the footbridge, and he never once crossed the rails from the time he was brought to Slough until the time of his death. That wasn't his only trick though. According to his plaque:
"He knew a great many amusing tricks. He would sit up and beg, or lie down and "die"; he could make a bow when asked, or stand up on his hind legs. He would get up and sit in a chair and look quite at home with a pipe in his mouth and cap on his head. He would express his feelings in a very noisy manner when he heard any music. If anyone threw a lighted match or a piece of lighted paper on the ground he would extinguish it with a growl. If a ladder was placed against the wall he would climb it. He would play leap frog with the boys; he would escort them off the station if told to do so, but would never bite them. At a St. John Ambulance Examination held at this station he laid down on one of the stretchers and allowed himself to be bandaged up with the rest of the "injured". He was a splendid swimmer and a very good house dog."
We salute you, Jim.