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Reading

Travel Guide
Kennet & Avon Canal which includes a river or creek

A idyllic, historic place with peaceful parks and abbey ruins, this Berkshire town transforms when its famous music festival kicks off each August.

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.

Where to stay in Reading

Novotel Reading Centre
Novotel Reading Centre
4 out of 5
The price is £58 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
This family-friendly Reading hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of John Lewis Reading and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (971 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2021

Novotel Reading Centre
Malmaison Reading
Malmaison Reading
4 out of 5
The price is £70 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in Reading City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reading Museum and Town Hall and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University ...
4.2/5Very Good! (639 reviews)
"Good central location"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Malmaison Reading
Crowne Plaza Reading
Crowne Plaza Reading
4 out of 5
The price is £76 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in the heart of Reading, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Broad Street Mall and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (594 reviews)
"We loved the fact that the hotel was located beside the river allowing beautiful views and walks along the river towpath"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Crowne Plaza Reading
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
SACO Reading - Castle Crescent
SACO Reading - Castle Crescent
4 out of 5
The price is £67 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Situated in Reading, this eco-friendly apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Reading Civic Centre and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (52 reviews)
"Excellent value for money. I couldn’t have wanted anything more for the price we paid."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

SACO Reading - Castle Crescent
Laurel House
Laurel House
4 out of 5
Situated in Reading, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Reading College and Royal Berkshire Hospital. University of Reading and Oracle are ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely 4 night stay
"Apartment 2 at Laurel House is beautiful! Clean, spacious and equipped with everything you need to settle in immediately. We stayed for 4 nights and absolutely loved it. The service was excellent and communication was really clear and helpful. I forgot to book parking in advance but the team immediately ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Laurel House
VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is £81 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Located in Reading City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from John Lewis Reading and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Good location, nice touches, comfortable.
"The code for the apartment didn't work when I arrived but when I phoned the number the customer service guy was really helpful and put me in a different apartment. The apartment was clean, with the exception of the pillow. It was a perfect location, coffee machine, water, chocolate were lovely touches. ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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