New houses for sale in Wokingham
Located in Berkshire and just a short commute from Reading, a new home in Wokingham could be the ideal place for you if you’re looking for good transport links, a friendly local community and beautiful surrounding countryside.
A quick history
Wokingham received its charter in the 13th century, which allowed the town to hold a weekly market - a tradition that continues to this day. Some of the most interesting historic buildings in the town include the almshouses, All Saints Church and the girl’s boarding school which was opened in the 1770s.
Silk-making was a thriving industry in Wokingham until the last factory closed in 1831, and during Victorian times the main industry was brick production. In the 19th century, the new railway line opened employment opportunities in other nearby towns and cities.
Business and industry
There are several big businesses in and around Wokingham spanning industries including energy, education, retail and financial services. Major employers within commuting distance of the town include; BDO, Brakes Group, Network Rail, the University of Reading, Microsoft UK and Oracle.
Things to do in the area
Wokingham holds regular markets, including a monthly farmers’ market, in the town centre, while other places of interest include Wokingham Theatre, Carnival Pool and Wokingham Family Golf Course. If you’re moving to the area with children, there are lots of family-friendly attractions nearby including; Pinewood Miniature Railway, Bracknell Ski Slope and Ice Rink, Dinton Pastures Country Park and California Country Park.
Located just a short drive or train journey from Reading, it’s easy to take a day trip into town where you can go shopping at the Oracle Mall, see the exhibits at the Museum of English Rural Life, or enjoy a weekend of live music at the town’s annual rock festival.
Legoland Windsor Resort and Ascot Racecourse are only a short drive away from Wokingham, ideal for action-packed days out.
Travel and commuting
Located near the M4 and A329(M), Wokingham has excellent road links to neighbouring towns and cities, as well as regular rail services from the town’s train station. The journey to Reading takes less than 10-minutes on the train or 20-minutes by car, while Guildford can be reached in 35-minutes by train or 50-minutes by car. If you’re travelling to Oxford, the journey takes one hour by car or 40-minutes by train, changing once at Reading station.
For journeys to the capital, the train from Wokingham to London Paddington takes less than 45-minutes, changing once in Reading. When it’s time to take a break from it all, London Heathrow Airport is only a 30-minute drive away from the town.