With a fascinating past told through the remnants of religious treasures, Reading is one of England’s most historically important towns. It stands in the heart of the rolling green countryside of Berkshire. Wander through the town center on foot and gaze up at the range of structures that showcase the changing faces of the town. See another side of the town during the Reading Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in England, held in August.
Wander along the labyrinth of paths crisscrossing through Forbury Gardens in the town center. Inspect the impressive Maiwand Lion battle monument and climb to the peak of Forbury Hill for panoramic views of the greenery.
On the eastern side of the park lies the Reading Abbey Ruins, comprising well-preserved ramparts of a religious behemoth. Pass through the arches and portals of the surviving walls and attend a Shakespeare production here in summer.
Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Kennet & Avon Canal, which passes beside the gardens and ruins. Rent a boat and travel along the waterway to the bucolic outskirts of Berkshire. Back in town, the canal runs through the Oracle shopping center. Watch a film in the mall’s large movie theater and browse the array of shops and restaurants.
Get a sense of the local community with trips to the historic churches of Reading. The St. Laurence Church, which has a Norman frontage and dates back to the 12th century, now contains pool tables and puts on activities for its youth club. Marvel at the Gothic façade of the Minster Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the town’s oldest religious building.
The town stands between the important cities of Bristol, Oxford and London in southern England. Fly to one of the airports in London; central London is 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Reading. Drive between the two cities in 60 to 90 minutes or take a 30-minute train. Visit other historic towns in the region, such as Bath, Winchester and Windsor.
Festivals, Rivers and Ruins
Gaze up at the surviving arches, windows and stone walls of a 12th-century abbey in the heart of rolling green parkland.
Tap out a tune on the baby grand piano, watch your kids have fun in the play complex and sample the international cuisine in this urban mall.
See the Maiwand Lion war monument and gaze at the water feature in this charming park in the heart of Reading.
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Experience the best of England as you explore the grounds of Windsor Castle, a sprawling stone estate that’s been home to the royal family for 900 years. Circle around the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge as you listen to theories behind its use, and stroll through the idyllic campuses in Oxford.
Windsor Castle is the Queen's preferred weekend residence—a splendid location sitting proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the River Thames. With no waiting in line, this is the perfect way to explore the magnificent castle and its interior at your leisure.
Visit the enormous and impressive Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London, home to the royal family for over 900 years, and then make your way to the mysterious and iconic ruins of Stonehenge. Head to the city of Bath, where gorgeous Georgian architecture and ancient Roman baths abound.
Stroll the grounds of the oldest university in England, explore an 11th-century castle full of interactive exhibits, and get a first-hand look at the town William Shakespeare called home. Enjoy a drive through the Cotswolds, check out Oxford's campus, enter Warwick Castle, and visit Stratford-Upon-Avon.