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Slough is often outshone by its shinier, glossier neighbours Windsor and Eton, but the now-industrial town is arguably just as steeped in history as its more famous counterparts. As far back as 1196 it was known as Slo, which historians believe refers to the muddy land between Upton-cum-Chalvey and Eton. The oldest building in the town is St Lawrence's Church, which is around 900 years old. Furthermore, parts of Upton Court were built in 1325, while St Mary's Church in Langley is nearly equally old, meaning there is plenty for lovers of historic architecture to feast their eyes on.

However, Slough came into its own when the train station opened in 1840, providing a fast link to London and expanding trade opportunities in the area. After the Second World War housing estates were built, providing bombed-out Londoners with a place to relocate.

Today the population has reached around 119,000 people and it is most famous for being the town that gives the world Galaxy, Milky Way and Bounty bars from the Mars factory.

Slough location

Slough has good transport links, as it is a major commuter town for places such as Windsor, Reading, London and Maidenhead. Those visiting the town can take First, Arriva, Hoppa busses locally, while there are several direct routes to Heathrow and coaches to London and Birmingham.

Motorists can use the M4 to visit the town, leaving at junctions five, six and seven, depending on which side of Slough they are destined for.

In the future, transport links are set to improve as Slough is planned to be part of the Crossrail Project, a new trans-London rail link that construction work is due to start on this year.

Why Visit Slough?

Although Slough does not have the best reputation as a tourist attraction, it is a historic town that serves as a fascinating example of urbanisation during the 21st century. Regeneration projects have seen the town go from strength to strength and there are now an impressive number of bars and shops for visitors to enjoy during their time in Slough.

Furthermore, the West Wing - a 250 seat auditorium and dance studio - is home to the RIFCO Arts, Creative Junction and the Creative Academy’s Foundation Degree Arts in Dance and hosts a number of performances for visitors to enjoy.

For those staying in Slough for a few days, London is also within easy reach if visitors feel like a day trip.


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