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Once famous for its three B’s - biscuits, beers and bulbs - only the beer survives, and Reading now excels in two Is – I.T and Insurance. Located in the Thames Valley and surrounded by pretty Cotswold villages, Reading is a major commuter city, but unlike many, has plenty of things to see and do in its own right.

It will annoy the locals if you mention that Reading is not actually a city, since it’s still waiting patiently for its Royal Charter - Reading Buses were even forced to change their signs from ‘City Centre’ to ‘Central Reading’. None of this matters though, because city or otherwise, Reading has plenty of things to celebrate, including Reading Football Club’s promotion to the Premier League, as well as the continuing success of the Reading Festival – one of Europe’s largest music events.

The University of Reading is also ranked one of the top 10 universities in the UK, so expect to see students in many of its 200 pubs and bars. If you want to avoid them, head to one of Reading’s many wine bars which are frequented by wealthy London urbanites. The Oracle Shopping Centre more than passes muster for shopaholics, too.

READING'S TOP 10

10. Romp around Roman remains at Silchester complete with town wall and amphitheatre.

5. Strafield Save House & Estate was given to Wellington for kicking Napoleon’s butt in the Battle of Waterloo. Also the resting place of his legendary battle horse, Copenhagen.

9. Don’t look Medusa in the eye at Reading’s Ure Museum of Greek Archaelogy.

4. The Hexagon is Reading’s hip theatre and arts venue. It’s the place to be seen.

8. Beale Park is perfect for a pleasant stroll. Hop on the miniature train and watch lemurs leap and river hogs do whatever it is they do.

3. The Madejski Stadium offers tours behind the scenes at Reading FC and the London Irish.

7. The Museum of English Rural Life Much as we love the stuff, not many could drink all the tea in the gigantic six-gallon teapot.

2. Reading Abbey may be in ruins today but was once where Parliament met when London was fully booked with plague.

6. Wellington Country Park has 350 acres of magnificent Hampshire countryside in which to picnic.

1. Reading Museum has a brilliantly eclectic mix of items from the British Bayeux tapestry to Huntley and Palmer’s biscuit tins.

READING EVENTS

There’s a holistic vibe at Reading’s Wellington Country Park Craft Fair in July, with crafts, crystals and alternative therapies on offer.

If it’s July then it must be time for Reading’s ‘Marvellous’, the aptly named family-friendly festival of music and fun.

The Reading Jazz and Ale Festival takes place in July. Chill out and enjoy a pint of Rebellion, which will hopefully agree with you.

You’ll be drenched in fun at Reading’s Water Fest in June, as the town celebrates life on the canal with waterside entertainment.

The world-famous Henley Regatta takes place just up the Thames in late June/early July. A sporting event to head for during a stay in Reading.

Reading Beer and Cider Festival takes place in August, with 500 beers, 200 ciders and enough English wine to float a boat.

Outside-Inside is Reading’s quirky arts festival in July where music, cinema and theatre spring welcome surprises all across town.

Reading Comedy Festival at the Hexagon promises to make October a barrel of laughs with some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit.

The Reading Eat Festival in June is a must for foodies with a feast of delectable delicacies designed to delight in July.

Has Reading Got Talent? Find out for yourself at this annual event held in August, at Broad Street Shopping Centre.

WHEN TO GO

· Although it’s difficult to predict when Reading will have wonderful weather, the best months are likely to be from May to October. With its temperate maritime climate, Reading along with other parts of southern England is likely to have plenty of sunny days and winters which are mild.

· Winter temperatures are generally above freezing although there will be occasional ground frosts during the night. Daytime temps in Reading will tend towards 5 or 6°C. The hottest months of the year are July and August when during a hot spell temperatures can reach 30°C or more, but are more often lower, averaging out at 24°C or so.

· Reading experiences a relatively high amount of rainfall, in line with the rest of the UK especially during the winter months, so during a trip here make sure to carry a brolly.

GETTING THERE

· Reading’s closest airport is Heathrow, just 25 minutes’ driving distance along the M4, as well as a half an hour on one of the direct coach service from Reading Station - the RailAir Link. Gatwick is only an hour and a half away too, easily accessible by train.

· Reading is of the busiest interchanges on the UK’s rail network, with direct routes to just about everywhere in the UK.

· National Express services run from Calcot, about six miles from the centre, just off the M4 with some excellent offers on fares and a UK wide network of destinations.

Reading Rundown

Once famous for its three B’s - biscuits, beers and bulbs - only the beer survives, and Reading now excels in two Is – I.T and Insurance. Located in the Thames Valley and surrounded by pretty Cotswold villages, Reading is a major commuter city, but unlike many, has plenty of things to see and do in its own right.

It will annoy the locals if you mention that Reading is not actually a city, since it’s still waiting patiently for its Royal Charter - Reading Buses were even forced to change their signs from ‘City Centre’ to ‘Central Reading’. None of this matters though, because city or otherwise, Reading has plenty of things to celebrate, including Reading Football Club’s promotion to the Premier League, as well as the continuing success of the Reading Festival – one of Europe’s largest music events.

The University of Reading is also ranked one of the top 10 universities in the UK, so expect to see students in many of its 200 pubs and bars. If you want to avoid them, head to one of Reading’s many wine bars which are frequented by wealthy London urbanites. The Oracle Shopping Centre more than passes muster for shopaholics, too.

Reading’s Top 10

10. Romp around Roman remains at Silchester complete with town wall and amphitheatre.

5. Strafield Save House & Estate was given to Wellington for kicking Napoleon’s butt in the Battle of Waterloo. Also the resting place of his legendary battle horse, Copenhagen.

9. Don’t look Medusa in the eye at Reading’s Ure Museum of Greek Archaelogy.

4. The Hexagon is Reading’s hip theatre and arts venue. It’s the place to be seen.

8. Beale Park is perfect for a pleasant stroll. Hop on the miniature train and watch lemurs leap and river hogs do whatever it is they do.

3. The Madejski Stadium offers tours behind the scenes at Reading FC and the London Irish.

7. The Museum of English Rural Life Much as we love the stuff, not many could drink all the tea in the gigantic six-gallon teapot.

2. Reading Abbey may be in ruins today but was once where Parliament met when London was fully booked with plague.

6. Wellington Country Park has 350 acres of magnificent Hampshire countryside in which to picnic.

1. Reading Museum has a brilliantly eclectic mix of items from the British Bayeux tapestry to Huntley and Palmer’s biscuit tins.

Reading Events

There’s a holistic vibe at Reading’s Wellington Country Park Craft Fair in July, with crafts, crystals and alternative therapies on offer.

If it’s July then it must be time for Reading’s ‘Marvellous’, the aptly named family-friendly festival of music and fun.

The Reading Jazz and Ale Festival takes place in July. Chill out and enjoy a pint of Rebellion, which will hopefully agree with you.

You’ll be drenched in fun at Reading’s Water Fest in June, as the town celebrates life on the canal with waterside entertainment.

The world-famous Henley Regatta takes place just up the Thames in late June/early July. A sporting event to head for during a stay in Reading.

Reading Beer and Cider Festival takes place in August, with 500 beers, 200 ciders and enough English wine to float a boat.

Outside-Inside is Reading’s quirky arts festival in July where music, cinema and theatre spring welcome surprises all across town.

Reading Comedy Festival at the Hexagon promises to make October a barrel of laughs with some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit.

The Reading Eat Festival in June is a must for foodies with a feast of delectable delicacies designed to delight in July.

Has Reading Got Talent? Find out for yourself at this annual event held in August, at Broad Street Shopping Centre.

When to Go

· Although it’s difficult to predict when Reading will have wonderful weather, the best months are likely to be from May to October. With its temperate maritime climate, Reading along with other parts of southern England is likely to have plenty of sunny days and winters which are mild.

· Winter temperatures are generally above freezing although there will be occasional ground frosts during the night. Daytime temps in Reading will tend towards 5 or 6°C. The hottest months of the year are July and August when during a hot spell temperatures can reach 30°C or more, but are more often lower, averaging out at 24°C or so.

· Reading experiences a relatively high amount of rainfall, in line with the rest of the UK especially during the winter months, so during a trip here make sure to carry a brolly.

Getting There

· Reading’s closest airport is Heathrow, just 25 minutes’ driving distance along the M4, as well as a half an hour on one of the direct coach service from Reading Station - the RailAir Link. Gatwick is only an hour and a half away too, easily accessible by train.

· Reading is of the busiest interchanges on the UK’s rail network, with direct routes to just about everywhere in the UK.

· National Express services run from Calcot, about six miles from the centre, just off the M4 with some excellent offers on fares and a UK wide network of destinations.

Hotels in Reading

53 hotels in Reading,

1 Mercure George

3 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

10 - 12 King Street Map

Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with modern services at Mercure George Hotel Reading. Museum of English Rural Life, Museum Of Reading, Coley Park and Palmer Park are tourist... More

2 Crowne Plaza READING

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Caversham Bridge,Richfield Avenue Map

This property provides you all the modern facilities and conveniences that is needed for a wonderful and enjoyable vacation. GeneralThis property offers 6 well-appointed meeting rooms for people... More

3 Novotel Reading Centre

4 stars
5.0 / 5 7 reviews

25b Friar Street Map

Blending the modern concepts of customer service and quality accommodation, the Novotel Reading Centre Hotel, welcomes you to Reading town centre and offers you new generation facilities including... More

4 Hillingdon Prince

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

39 Christchurch Road Map

Whether in Reading for business or leisure, travellers find an ideal base with comfortable accommodations, inviting surroundings and accessible location at Hillingdon Prince Hotel Reading. This... More

5 Holiday Inn READING-SOUTH M4, JCT.11

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

Basingstoke Road 500 Map

Offering contemporary service and high standards of accommodation, this property makes you to enjoy all the privileges, for an unforgettable stay. GeneralThis property offers state-of-the-art... More

6 Rainbows Lodge Hotel and Serviced Apartments

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

132 - 138 Caversham Road Map

Designed with travel needs in mind, Rainbows Lodge Hotel Reading offers friendly customer service, relaxing accommodation and unsurpassed service, which, makes it an ideal place for an... More

7 Number 18 by MAX Serviced Apartments

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

12-18 Crown Street Map

Number 18 serviced apartments in Reading opened in 2006 and are on Crown Street in the heart of the city, close to the River Kennet and a ten minute walk from Reading station and Oracle centre. Its... More

8 Quality Hotel Reading

2 stars
4.0 / 5

4-8 Duke Street Map

Warm and welcoming atmosphere at Quality Hotel Reading allows travellers to extend their vacation stay in this hotel. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore area attractions such as Bucklebury Farm Park,... More

9 Thameside Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

144 - 150 Caversham Road Map

Just 15 minutes'''' walk from Reading''''s centre, this stylish hotel offers modern rooms with private bathrooms. Guests can enjoy free WI-Fi and full English breakfasts. Rooms at Thameside Hotel... More

10 Parkside International Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

72 Bath Road Map

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