Unfairly maligned as the host town in hit UK mockumentary sitcom The Office, Slough hasn’t always had the best reputation thanks to Ricky Gervais and his comedy chums. But this Premier Inn guide is here to balance out the equation, keen to highlight the amazing attractions, days out, entertainment and culinary scene right on Slough’s doorstep. From the utterly regal Windsor Castle a short drive away to the amazing sailing, wakeboarding and aqua park at Liquid Leisure, and from gorgeous country parks and gardens to ice skating rinks, trampoline parks, modern shopping centres and cinema complexes, there’s so much to experience that you definitely won’t be left wondering what to do in Slough. Plus, our hotels in Slough are well placed to take in all the action, with plenty of excellent cafés, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs all a short walk or drive away. Ricky Gervais might have painted Slough in a comedy light, but we’re here to show a very different version of our Slough office!
Things to do in Slough
Stop off at Windsor Castle, a world famous royal castle a short distance from Slough (and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Queen), take a dip in Europe’s largest Aqua Park, explore some stunning country parks and gardens or try your hand at ice-karting – there’s so much to see and do!
Right in the heart of Slough, just off Wellington Street, the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre is home to big name stores like Debenhams, H&M and Primark, as well as a wide range of jewellers, phone shops, discount stores, opticians and more. There are eight food and drink outlets onsite, including Costa Coffee, KFC and Nando’s and over 1,000 car parking spaces. The shopping centre is also home to the Empire Cinema complex, spanning 10 theatres showing the latest Hollywood action.
Heading south towards Windsor, the Royal Waiting Room is where you’ll find over 40 stores, cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as an art and craft market. Founded in 1897 and located in a converted Victorian-era railway station, it’s a real leisure and shopping destination where you can easily spend a morning or afternoon shopping, strolling, eating and drinking, with our Slough Central South hotel just five minutes away by car.
Slough is less than 10 miles from Heathrow Airport, making it easy for flight connections and onward travel. The easiest way to get to the UK’s busiest airport is via car, taking around 30 minutes depending on traffic, or you can get one of several bus services direct from outside the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre to Heathrow, taking around 40 minutes. Alternatively, you could get your travel off to the best possible start and book a room at one of our hotels near Heathrow Airport to make sure you get there in plenty of time.
The next closest major airport to Slough is Luton Airport, around 40 miles north taking 45 minutes by car. The fifth busiest UK airport with over 15 million passengers each year, it has regular departures via easyJet, Ryanair and more to locations across the UK and Europe.
Slough Train Station is a five-platform station with regular connections to Reading and London, as well as services to Windsor where you can connect to the London Underground. The station is located in the centre of Slough with a taxi rank and bus terminal outside and a ticket office, café, toilets and seating in the main station.