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ReadingUnited Kingdom

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

Kennet & Avon Canal which includes a bridge and a river or creek

Reading City Centre

4/5Very Good!(193 area reviews)

Reading City Centre is known for its great bars, and you can make a stop by Oracle and Broad Street Mall while in the area.

Reading City Centre

Top hotels in Reading

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Reading Hotel
Hilton Reading Hotel
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £53 per night

Located in the heart of Reading, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Madejski Stadium, Oracle and University of Reading. Royal Berkshire Hospital is 2.1 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (936 reviews)
Good value for money, nice break.

"Had the deluxe room which had a mini fridge and a coffee maker. King bed was big (super king), AC worked good, big size tv with some sky channels, nice clean bathroom, friendly staff especially the gentleman who checked me in first night. Late check out for deluxe rooms would’ve been a plus for getting ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Hilton Reading Hotel
Malmaison Reading
Malmaison Reading
4 out of 5
The price is £60 per night

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! (598 reviews)

"It was Mother’s Day and my birthday but also start Of COV19 lockdown. The staff were very welcoming and thorough regarding the virus. I have stayed here a few times but not in this room which was lovely"…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

Malmaison Reading
Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading
Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading
2 out of 5
The price is £37 per night

Located in the heart of Reading, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Progress Theatre, University of Reading and Royal Berkshire Hospital. Oracle and Madejski ...

3.5/5Good! (886 reviews)

"The property was very roomy and perfect for what I needed."…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2020

Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading

Popular places to visit in Reading

Madejski Stadium
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Madejski Stadium

4/5(23 reviews)

Catch an event at Madejski Stadium during your trip to Reading.Stroll along the riverfront or experience the lively festivals in this quaint area.

Oracle
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Oracle

4.5/5(14 reviews)

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.

Wokefield Park Golf Club
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Wokefield Park Golf Club

Enjoy a round of golf in Burghfield at Wokefield Park Golf Club. Stroll along the riverfront in this quaint area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Reading

In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

£73
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Reading
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Reading

£10
Per adult
Create your Own Luxury personalised Natural Perfume
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Create your Own Luxury personalised Natural Perfume

£110
Per adult
Create and personalised natural Home Fragrance
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Create and personalised natural Home Fragrance

£110
Per adult
Windsor Castle Admission Tickets
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Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

£24
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
1-Hour Bubble Football Experience in Reading
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1-Hour Bubble Football Experience in Reading

£381
Per adult

Reviews of Reading

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
80
5 - Excellent 22.099447513812155%
4 - Good
179
4 - Good 49.447513812154696%
3 - Okay
90
3 - Okay 24.861878453038674%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.4861878453038675%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.1049723756906078%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2020

Can't fault it, excellent, customer friendly staff

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

The traffic system is so complicated . I will think twice about driving in Reading again.I parked outside the hotel for half an hour to check in and got a ticket ! Not used to paid on street parking and thought it was 2 hrs free parking !! Spoilt it

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

Friendly town

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Nice parks and good food. Easy to commute to London.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

My reason for using the hotel was not to visit Reading.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Very good amenities