A Bustling City
Just west of London, Reading offers redbrick Victorian buildings, medieval ruins, and pretty waterside walks along the Thames River.
Reading is one of Britain’s top retail destinations with the Oracle Shopping Centre, Broad Street Mall and Hexagon theatre on offer. The town also boasts six museums and the ancient Abbey Ruins, burial place of Henry I.
Not only is Reading a popular destination for shopping and a bustling night-life, with plenty of restaurants and bars, the city has a proud tradition in sport with Reading FC and London Irish RFC who play at the Madejski Stadium.
Dating back from its establishment in the 8th century Reading has long been a city of commercial importance. Reminisce on the city’s colourful past by exploring the ruins of Reading Abbey, the Forbury Gardens and the wonderful surrounding countryside of Berkshire.
Its student community and annual rock-music blowout—the Reading Festival—add an offbeat edge to a bustling city environment.
A Lego themed amusement park in Windsor, Berkshire. Located within close distance of Windsor Castle and sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Reading’s state-of-the-art train station provides fast and frequent services will whisk you to London Paddington, taking roughly 30 minutes, the train also stops at Waterloo station. Alternatively, the motorway will take you to the capital in just over an hour.
Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting. Over the past 300 years Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
Explore one of the principal official residences of the British Monarch. Travel through time and explore the castle’s lavish early 19th-century State Apartments and 15th– century castle walls.
Commissioned by Henry I in 1121, the abbey is also his final resting place. Enjoy some of the beautiful architecture of the abbey as St. Laurence’s Church and the old Gateway still stand.
Begin your Heritage Walk from the Town Centre and learn about our city’s rich heritage as you pass our major landmarks. During your stroll through the streets of Reading you will encounter famous landmarks such as the Town Hall Complex, Reading Prison and Oscar Wilde, Abbey Ruins and The Kennet among others.
Forbury Gardens is a charming Victorian town garden which have been restored to include most of its original features. The gardens are located between Reading town centre and the old ruins of the 11th century Reading Abbey. In our busy city Forbury Gardens provides a nice quiet reprieve with its surrounding walls encapsulating the garden. During the summer bands play live at the bandstand and you can grab a coffee or an ice-cream if the sun is out from the Kiosk during the summer.
An award-winning museum, known as a unique venue for hosting exhibitions and conferences with the Museum & Town Hall’s period rooms. Throughout the year the Concert Hall regularly showcases classical music and comedy acts.
Home to Reading FC who play in the Football League Championship and London Irish who play in the RFU Championship. With a capacity of over 24,000 this stadium provides a fantastic atmosphere on matchdays.
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