Close to Runnymede, the River Thames and Windsor Great Park, Cooper's Hill is situated within 66 acres of land, with impressive views over the surrounding landscape.
The site was originally a private home, built in the Victorian Gothic style and known as Coopershill until 1871 when it was converted into the Indian Civil Engineering College. At the beginning of the 20th century the buildings were returned to private use before becoming a teacher training college in 1934 and eventually merging with Brunel University in 1980.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family, and for its architecture. In 2018 the castle hosted two royal weddings, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank, attracting worldwide attention. The castle is open for visitors every day except Garter Day, Easter and Christmas.
Wisley is the historic home of the RHS and boasts one of the largest plant collections in the world. Every season has a different wonder to show - bulbs and blossom in spring, beautiful borders and roses in summer, stunning autumn colours and then frosty walks in winter. The Glasshouse is worth a visit on its own, not to mention the cosy cafes where you can enjoy a hot lunch or cup of tea. Just around the corner from Wisley is a 'pick your own' farm where you can enjoy the local produce at a great price.
Reading Museum is only a 30 minute drive from Runnymede and is well worth a visit. Some of our beautiful artworks on display in the entrance hall and throughout the village at Cooper's Hill were originally curated from Reading Museum.