Reading

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Kennet & Avon Canal featuring 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

ibis Reading Centre (new ibis rooms)
ibis Reading Centre (new ibis rooms)
3 out of 5
25A Friar Street, Reading, England
The price is ¥5,517 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Reading City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of John Lewis Reading and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (952 reviews)
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Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

ibis Reading Centre (new ibis rooms)
The Roseate Reading
The Roseate Reading
5 out of 5
26 The Forbury, Reading, England
The price is ¥11,625 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Reading City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forbury Gardens and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (376 reviews)
"Lovely stay, room was sparkling and the breakfast was lovely! I wish I could of stayed longer"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

The Roseate Reading
Hilton Reading Hotel
Hilton Reading Hotel
4 out of 5
Drake Way, Lundy House, Reading, England
The price is ¥7,894 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in the heart of Reading, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Madejski Stadium, Oracle, and University of Reading. Royal Berkshire Hospital is 2.1 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"The beds were slightly uncomfortable but overall stay at the Hilton Reading was good."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Hilton Reading Hotel
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.
PREMIER SUITES Reading
PREMIER SUITES Reading
4 out of 5
Minster Court, Minster Street, Reading, England
The price is ¥9,421 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Reading City Centre, this aparthotel is steps from Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading ...
4.3/5Excellent! (71 reviews)
Very noisy
"The room was basic but had the essentials. The location was central but incredibly noisy. There was a alarm the went off in the early hours of the morning On each night we stayed so spent the days exhausted. Would not stay here again"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

PREMIER SUITES Reading
VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
4 out of 5
17 Queen Victoria St, Reading, England
The price is ¥10,383 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Reading City Centre, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from John Lewis Reading and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Madejski Stadium. Minster Church ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Beautiful Apartment in the center of town. Would highly recommend!!!"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
Karah Suites - City Gate
Karah Suites - City Gate
3 out of 5
95-107 Southampton St, Reading, England
Located in the heart of Reading, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St. Giles-in-Reading Church and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Free parking in this area is very valuable. The WiFi instructions were out of date."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Karah Suites - City Gate
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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