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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

Crowne Plaza Reading
Crowne Plaza Reading
4 out of 5
Caversham Bridge Richfield Avenue, Reading, England
The price is $84 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Located in the heart of Reading, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Broad Street Mall and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (592 reviews)
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Crowne Plaza Reading
Malmaison Reading
Malmaison Reading
4 out of 5
18-20 Station Road, Reading, England
The price is $93 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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! (634 reviews)
"Difficult to be constructive in these pandemic tomes"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Malmaison Reading
The Roseate Reading
The Roseate Reading
5 out of 5
26 The Forbury, Reading, England
The price is $90 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Located in Reading City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forbury Gardens and Oracle. Royal Berkshire Hospital and University of Reading ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (364 reviews)
"Great hotel, member of staff Malcolm was super helpful and went above and beyond even went out of the hotel to get a drink they had run out of so I could have it! The staff here are great and the room and super nice"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

The Roseate Reading
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Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange
Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange
4 out of 5
Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester, England
The price is $87 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Located in Manchester City Centre, this aparthotel is steps from Urbis, Printworks, and National Football Museum. Deansgate and Manchester Cathedral are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,090 reviews)
Great central Manchester hotel
"Fabulous historical detail in the public areas but stylish, contemporary and very clean rooms. Love the grab-and-go breakfasts!"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
37 St James Parade, Bath, England
The price is $113 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa, and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and Bath ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (710 reviews)
"Its in beautiful Bath and it feels like a Georgian Bath Property to stay in."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 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 $138 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (2,060 reviews)
"Lovely clean room, great amenities in the room. Will use Staycity again."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
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