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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

Top hotels in Reading

Malmaison Reading
Malmaison Reading
4 out of 5
The price is Rs5,357 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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! (612 reviews)
Comfortable stay

"I stayed in the "Flying Scotsman" room and had a pleasant and comfortable stay. Super comfy and firm bed. Nice deep bath. Hotel was offering a reduced breskfast but was nice. The room sofa was OK, it needs some more cushions. Lighting in room could have been better, due to the dark paintwork, it ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Malmaison Reading
voco Reading
voco Reading
4 out of 5
The price is Rs4,539 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagoona Park and Madejski Stadium. Oracle and University of Reading are also within 3 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (721 reviews)

"Nice clean hotel. Staff very pleasant and general manager went out of his way to get us a newspaper. Would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2020

voco Reading
Hilton Reading Hotel
Hilton Reading Hotel
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs4,990 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

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! (955 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 13 Sep 2020

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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Reading

PREMIER SUITES Reading
PREMIER SUITES Reading
4 out of 5
The price is Rs6,954 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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

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 25 Jun 2020

PREMIER SUITES Reading
Reading Serviced Apartments
Reading Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (92 reviews)
convenient location

"Really nice big apartment, easy to find & 15 min walk to the station"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Reading Serviced Apartments
Reading Green Park Village Serviced Apt
Reading Green Park Village Serviced Apt
3.5 out of 5
The price is Rs11,840 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Situated in Reading, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagoona Park and Madejski Stadium. Oracle and Royal Berkshire Hospital are also within ...

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 23 Jan 2020

Reading Green Park Village Serviced Apt
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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Reviews of Reading

3.9

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 22.099447513812155%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 49.447513812154696%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 24.861878453038674%
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2 - Disappointing 2.4861878453038675%
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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

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