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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 showing a bridge and a river or creek

Reading City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

Reading City Centre is popular for its lively bars, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Oracle or Broad Street Mall.

Reading City Centre

Top Hotels in Reading

Hilton Reading Hotel
Hilton Reading Hotel
4 out of 5
Drake Way, Lundy House, Reading, England
The price is ¥6,885 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

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! (949 reviews)

"We absolutely loved our recent stay at the Hilton reading. The location was brilliant just off of the motorway, as we used it as a stop off point on the way back from Cornwall. As always, the staff went out of their way to help as much as possible, the facilities were brilliant and the room was clean ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Hilton Reading Hotel
Malmaison Reading
Malmaison Reading
4 out of 5
18-20 Station Road, Reading, England
The price is ¥8,039 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 20

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! (601 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 May 1, 2020

Malmaison Reading
Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading
Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading
2 out of 5
39 Christchurch Road, Reading, England
The price is ¥4,201 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (894 reviews)

"This was a superb hotel with good reach to amenities loved it was superb"…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Sure Hotel by Best Western 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.

Vacation Rentals in Reading

Funky Studio Apartment
Funky Studio Apartment
3 out of 5
Apartment 15, Southern Court, South Street, Reading, England

Situated in Reading, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St. Giles-in-Reading Church, Royal Berkshire Hospital, and Oracle. University of Reading ...

Funky Studio Apartment
PREMIER SUITES Reading
PREMIER SUITES Reading
4 out of 5
Minster Court, Minster Street, Reading, England
The price is ¥7,779 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Reading City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (70 reviews)
Excellent apartments in the centre of Reading

"Super-clean apartments with friendly staff right in the centre of Reading. Fully-fitted kitchen with laundry facilities means this is a perfect long-stay residence. I will return."…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

PREMIER SUITES Reading
Reading Nights Rivendell
Reading Nights Rivendell
3.5 out of 5
Padworth lane, Padworth, Reading, England
The price is ¥19,060 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Situated in Reading, this vacation home is 1.9 mi (3 km) from UK Wolf Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bucklebury Farm Park and Pincents Hill. North Wessex ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Very relaxing stay the family were amazing very polite and couldn't do enough for us looking forward to my next sray"…"

Reviewed on May 3, 2020

Reading Nights Rivendell
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.

Popular places to visit in Reading

Madejski Stadium
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Madejski Stadium

3.5/5(3 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.

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 check out its top-notch restaurants.

Reading Museum and Town Hall
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Reading Museum and Town Hall

Marvel at a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry and inspect the artifacts from the Roman town Calleva Atrebatum in this enchanting structure.

Top things to do in Reading

Create your Own Luxury personalised Natural Perfume
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Create your Own Luxury personalised Natural Perfume

¥14,963
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

¥9,929
Per adult
Create and personalised natural Home Fragrance
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Create and personalised natural Home Fragrance

¥14,963
Per adult
Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath with Admission
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Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath with Admission

¥13,739
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

¥4,052
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Windsor Castle Admission Ticket
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Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

¥3,207
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Reading

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

I used to visit Reading as a child visiting my Grandfather. The Abbey ruins always fascinating me and I was pleased to see them open again. Most of the pubs I visited were excellent. The town is very multicultural now which was good to see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

I absolutely love Reading! Everything is within walking distance and the Reading bus system is super convenient. The shopping, pubs, and restaurants were friendly and affordable. Everyone was very friendly. We will be visiting again.

5/5 - Excellent

Matt

Dec 14, 2019

Lovely place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 14, 2019

I enjoyed Reading.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 26, 2019

I would like to come back into the area. There is so Mapuche to do and see we didn’t get a chance.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 26, 2019

Transportation is easy to understand; prepare for the shift in weather at all times; good restaurants - Sweeney & Todd; Creams (desserts) ; Carluccio's is fantastic; loved the riverside (Mission Burrito) and shopping; Abbey Ruins and Forbury Gardens

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