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Sample quintessentially English life in Datchet

Nestling on the north bank of the River Thames close to Windsor and Maidenhead is the Berkshire village of Datchet, which appears in the Domesday Book. A trip here is like taking a step back in time. A village green lies at its heart, close to the St Mary the Virgin church. It's such a leafy and wistful setting (Jerome K Jerome set some of Three Men in a Boat there) that you can almost hear Dame Vera Lynn performing at the Pavilion Club - something she really did do in 1931. It was also a secret meeting place for Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.

Take a cruise along the Thames

Various companies operate cruises along the River Thames, offering views of Datchet, Runnymede, Windsor and other locations from the water while enjoying lunch and refreshments - it's a most civilised way of exploring the region. If you're feeling brave, you can even hire your own boat for the day, allowing you to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

See the spot where the Magna Carta was sealed

The riverside meadow of Nearby Runnymede was the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta. It's a great spot to have a picnic, while a plethora of footpaths can be explored by the entire family. There are also art installation, rare flora and fauna and ancient ruins to discover. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Datchet? At just over a mile and a half away, the Travelodge Windsor Central hotel is an ideal option, while the Travelodge Slough hotel is only a 2-mile journey.