Living in Bracknell

Bracknell is a large town in Berkshire, falling just 11 miles east of Reading and 34 miles from central London. The town offers plenty of local amenities with a strong sense of community and great transport links.

Jennetts Park is a newly built area with exceptional facilities to aid a new family, from a primary school to a Co-Op for those little emergencies and a beautiful family friendly pub, Peacock Farm. Fun fact, every road in within Jennett’s Park is named after a bird.

Binfield is a historic and idyllic village, north west of Bracknell town centre. Binfield has a lovely range of family friendly pubs with Stag and Hounds being one of the main attractions of the area serving the best food for miles.


Bracknell offers a plethora of highly respected state schools. One of which is the extremely popular King’s Academy, which opened in September 2018 as Bracknell Forest’s first all-through academy.*

Highly rated state schools in Bracknell (Data correct as of September 2022)

School Status Inspection date
Ranelagh School Outstanding 19/03/2015
Easthampstead Park Community School Good 10/11/2021
Garth Hill College Good 14/05/2019
Binfield Church of England Primary Good 14/03/2018
Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery Good 14/05/2019
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Good 11/01/2022
Jennett’s Park CofE Primary School Good 19/10/2021

*Due to its opening in September 2018, King’s Academy has not yet had an Ofsted inspection but comes highly commended by Bracknell residents.

Local amenities

Living in Bracknell, there’s something for everyone…


If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, you’ll love the Lexicon – Bracknell’s brand new shopping centre arriving in 2018. With brands like Fenwick, H&M, Pandora, Primark, and TK Maxx, there’s something for everyone at this shopping destination, and new brands just keep coming!

The Lexicon also offers an array of chain restaurants to choose from with all different styles from Italian and Portuguese to Japanese and South American. Not to mention a Mediterranean rooftop bar and restaurant at Fenwick, and historic family pub, The Bull!

Leisure facilities

Looking for somewhere to keep the little ones busy or stay in shape yourself? With a swimming pool, squash courts, gym, sports hall, athletics track and football pitch, Bracknell Leisure Centre is an excellent one-stop destination for any activities or classes you or your child would like to try out.

Bracknell is also home to a fantastic climbing centre, Oakwood, which offers state-of-the-art bouldering and climbing facilities for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

If you’re a keen golfer, you’ll love Downshire Golf Complex, an 18-hole championship-quality golf course in Easthampstead Park.

Arts and culture

Known as the creative heart of Bracknell, South Hill Park is an historic art centre which hosts over 300 shows, films, and events a year. There’s always a play to immerse yourself in or an indie film to catch at South Hill Park, which you can follow up with some delicious food at their bar and restaurant!

The centre also hosts over 250 courses and workshops for all ages, in dance, performing arts, and arts and crafts. The perfect opportunity to try something new or refine an old skill!

Things to do

Whether it’s a day out with the kids or a date night, there is so much to do in Bracknell. Feed their curiosity for all things science at the Look Out Discovery Centre, followed by a play session at the Look Out adventure play park. Thrill seekers young and old will love Go Ape Treetop Adventure – a wooden obstacle course set amongst the trees at Swinley forest.

For more water-based fun, take the whole family to Coral Reef Waterworld, a leisure pool with five water slides, rapids, and a pirate ship!

When it comes to date night, Cineworld in the Lexicon is the ideal place to watch the latest blockbusters in luxury and comfort. If you’re competitive, why not try out Golfplex, an adventure golf complex and interactive driving range?

Futher afield

Bracknell is just 8 minutes away from Ascot by train, making it all too easy to attend the exciting variety of horse racing events held at Ascot Racecourse throughout the year! Gather some friends and put on your glad rags for a fun filled day.

Transport links

Bracknell has excellent transport links for commuters with regular trains and buses connecting to nearby towns Reading and Ascot.

Train timings from Bracknell train station (correct as of September 2022)

London Waterloo 1hr 5 minutes
Reading 20 minutes
Ascot 8 minutes
Wokingham 6 minutes

House prices in Bracknell

Moving to Bracknell? You’ll want to know what to expect from the property prices in the area.

Check out the average property prices for the Bracknell area (data correct as of September 2022)

Property type Average price
Detached £681,470
Semi-detached £433,140
Terraced £348,145
Apartments £229,249

Data source: Zoopla

Other information

Local MP

James Sunderland is the Conservative MP for Bracknell, Crowthorne, Sandhurst, Finchampstead and Wokingham Without. He has been MP continuously since December 2019.

Prospect fact

Prospect of Bracknell is located in Ginger Court, the oldest building in The Lexicon complex.

Fun facts about Bracknell

Dani Harmer, the actress famous for playing Tracy Beaker on CBBC, lives in Bracknell.

The house used as the original ‘Privet Drive’ in Harry Potter is located on Picket Post Close in Bracknell.

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