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Reading makes a great base if you’re planning a trip to southern England, with good links to London, Oxford, Southampton and the Cotswolds. The city itself has plenty to offer, with excellent shopping, a lively, student-fuelled nightlife, and an assortment of places to eat and drink. Like London, it sits on the river Thames and shares much of the capital’s ancient history.
Book a hire car in Reading and you’ll not only be ready to explore everything the city has to offer, you’ll also be well set for trips into the surrounding countryside, to the nearby town of Camberley, and to big, historical cities like Oxford and London.
If you’ve been to England, chances are you’ve passed through London Heathrow Airport. It’s the UK’s biggest, and sits a convenient 35 minutes east on the M4. Your other option is Southampton Airport, which lies a little outside Southampton, just over an hour southwest on the M3. Or, if you’re heading to Reading from central London, take your rental car west on the M4 and you’ll be there in a little over an hour.
When you choose a hire car in Reading, you’re free to choose from a wealth of great brands, including Avis, Alamo and Hertz, and many more.
Reading’s shopping, nightlife and foodie culture are well documented. But not everyone knows about the area’s colourful history, which dates back to the Norman period. If that interests you, head to the Reading Museum. As well as a selection of artworks from around the world, it’s home to a full-size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, a 70m-long embroidered cloth which tells the story of the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066.
The area around Reading is beautiful, and with a hire car you’re free to explore it at your own pace. Basildon Park is a popular attraction, a country house dating from the 18th century. Take a walk around some of the 400-acre grounds, or head inside for a tour of the sumptuous interior, which features rare works of art by some of the Old Masters. Find it 25 minutes northwest of Reading when you follow the A329.
Dinton Pastures County Park, which sits about 20 minutes east of Reading, also on the A329, is ideal if you want to get away to nature. Comprising more than 330 acres of carefully maintained pastures, lakes and grassland, it’s a haven for local wildlife, and a lovely place to spend an afternoon.
UK drivers needn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when it comes to driving a hire car in Reading. The only thing to watch out for is busy main roads during rush hour, especially on routes towards London. Reading is a commuter town, so expect roads to be particularly busy in mornings and evenings.
If you’re looking to plan your own trip to Reading or England, get to know the Expedia travel tool and this Reading city guide. They can help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and to research the best attractions and activities.
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