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Reading
Travel Guide

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

Crowne Plaza Reading
Crowne Plaza Reading
4 out of 5
Caversham Bridge Richfield Avenue, Reading, England
The price is ¥7,613 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in the heart of Reading, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Broad Street Mall and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (581 reviews)
"Not far from where I needed to work. Room service was good"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Crowne Plaza Reading
Hilton Reading Hotel
Hilton Reading Hotel
4 out of 5
Drake Way, Lundy House, Reading, England
The price is ¥6,968 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (972 reviews)
"The outlook is good, trendy, the room are spacious"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Hilton Reading Hotel
The Roseate Reading
The Roseate Reading
5 out of 5
26 The Forbury, Reading, England
The price is ¥10,481 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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! (364 reviews)
"Great hotel, member of staff Malcolm was super helpful and went above and beyond even went out of the hotel to get a drink they had run out of so I could have it! The staff here are great and the room and super nice"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

The Roseate 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.
Reading Green Park Village Serviced Apt
Reading Green Park Village Serviced Apt
3.5 out of 5
Rangley Place, 301 Longwater Avenue, Reading, England
Situated in Reading, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagoona Park and Madejski Stadium. Oracle and University of Reading are also within 3 mi ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Highly recommended
"This apartment is simply stunning. check in /arrival, instructions were clear and precise. The apartment is spotless and clean, spacious, comfortable, with all that you need for a relaxing stay. There is even a private garage underneath the property available to park your car."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Reading Green Park Village Serviced Apt
SACO Reading - Castle Crescent
SACO Reading - Castle Crescent
4 out of 5
2-12 Castle Crescent, Reading, England
The price is ¥9,334 per night from May 2 to May 3
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! (47 reviews)
Yes! When in Reading stay in a SACO apartment
"After initially contacted SACO ,I contacted the apartment managers who sent me "joining" instructions. Very easy to understand and when I arrived easy to execute. The apartment was very clean, sitting room large and comfortable. The bed was comfortable, the shower was powerful enough. The kitchen ..."

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

SACO Reading - Castle Crescent
PREMIER SUITES Reading
PREMIER SUITES Reading
4 out of 5
Minster Court, Minster Street, Reading, England
The price is ¥8,890 per night from May 16 to May 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)
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
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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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

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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

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Sep 14, 2019

I enjoyed Reading.

4/5 - Good

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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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