Silchester was originally the centre of the Iron Age Kingdom at the time of the Atrebates tribe (from the late 1st century, BC.). Following the Roman conquest in AD43, it was developed into the town of Calleva Atrebatum. The town featured the Roman's famous street grid pattern, the town was the home of numerous public buildings and continued to thrive until the early Anglo-Saxon era. It was one of the last Roman towns to be abandoned, in around the 6th or 7th century. The town has been excavated extensively over the last 30 years and offers some of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in Britain, as well as being one of the few places that was under continual occupation from the Iron Age.
Basildon Park is a stately house situated in Lower Basildon, Reading. The house has passed into the care of the National Trust, having previously been the home of the Lord and Lady Iliffe. It has been carefully restored in the style of the 1950s, with the Lord and Lady having salvaged fittings and fixtures from across the country to add the finishing touches to their home. The house features exquisite 18th century reception areas that were lovingly restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, as well as a 1950s kitchen that evokes bygone times. Basildon Park also has an exhibition of art works including those from the Old Masters, engravings from the 20th century and paintings of the Grand Tour.