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Reading

Travel Guide
Kennet & Avon Canal which includes 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
Fully refundable
The price is Rs3,508 per night from 20 Aug to 20 Aug
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! (981 reviews)
"Good Location and AC"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

ibis Reading Centre (new ibis rooms)
Malmaison Reading
Malmaison Reading
4 out of 5
The price is Rs6,723 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
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! (639 reviews)
"Good central location"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Malmaison Reading
Crowne Plaza Reading
Crowne Plaza Reading
4 out of 5
The price is Rs7,405 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in the heart of Reading, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Broad Street Mall and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (594 reviews)
"We loved the fact that the hotel was located beside the river allowing beautiful views and walks along the river towpath"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Crowne Plaza 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.
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, England
The price is Rs6,333 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bootham Crescent Stadium. York Minster and Shambles are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
"Quaint, clean, private, and surrounded by nature. A perfect place for a relaxing getaway."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is Rs11,419 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (717 reviews)
"Spacious apartment with very good, spotless kitchen facilities; excellent central location close to station and large public carpark. I would definitely book here again."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is Rs11,509 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,066 reviews)
"The hotel had a great location, ten minute walk to most attractions. Staff were excellent. We had an accessible room fir my husband. Would not book an accessible room again as in the 5th floor and away at back through 2 other doors, not ideal in an emergency. Next time will book a normal ground floor ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
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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