Reading

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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

pentahotel Reading
pentahotel Reading
4 out of 5
Oxford Road, Reading, England, RG1 7RH
The price is $60 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
$60
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Reading. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Nicely decorated hotel, a very big bed"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

pentahotel Reading
Malmaison Reading
Malmaison Reading
4 out of 5
18-20 Station Road, Reading, England, RG1 1JX
The price is $71 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6
$71
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Reading. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (792 reviews)
Central location
"Great location, nice hotel and nice staff. Not as clean as I would have expected - dusty. Room was not ready at check in, but complimentary drinks were served."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Malmaison Reading
voco Reading, an IHG Hotel
voco Reading, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading, England, RG2 0FL
The price is $77 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
$77
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Reading. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Madejski ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (933 reviews)
Fantastic
"Fantastic reception. Looked after from the minute we arrived. Friendly staff, clean hotel, good location, what more can you ask for 👍"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

voco Reading, an IHG 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.
City Wall House by House of Fisher
City Wall House by House of Fisher
4 out of 5
26 West Street, Reading, England, RG1 1TZ
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Reading. Enjoy free WiFi, dry cleaning or laundry services, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (42 reviews)
"This apartment is in a perfect location. I even got a free upgrade from studio to one-bed. The view from the window wasn't very attractive, but the property is clean, well equipped and comfortable. Easy check-in instructions."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

City Wall House by House of Fisher
100 Kings Road by House of Fisher
100 Kings Road by House of Fisher
4 out of 5
100 Kings Road, Reading, England, RG1 3BY
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Reading. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (83 reviews)
Another good stay.
"Location was perfect for us with parking available on site, booked in advance. Apartment has everything you need and staff were great."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

100 Kings Road by House of Fisher
VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
4 out of 5
17 Queen Victoria St, Reading, England, RG1 1SY
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Reading. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions John Lewis Reading and Reading Museum and ...
4/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
"In general: the apartment is extremely clean, beautiful and right in the centre of Reading! The communication with the property is excellent and the service as well. There was a problem with the water temperature regulation that could not be fixed quickly. The communication with the property was ..."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

VICTORIA HOUSE by Q Apartments
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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