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Reading dates back to medieval times, shaped by the River Thames and Kennet that encircle the town centre. Modern-day Reading embraces its heritage and waterside location as part of a vibrant, cosmopolitan destination. 

Reading Abbey Ruins are 900 years old, remaining from the time of King Henry I and there is lots more heritage to enjoy in the town’s wonderful Georgian and Victorian buildings. Being a University town, Reading has a selection of fine museums and a social life to match and our waterside location provides opportunities for watersports, boat trips and riverside dining. 

Reading has a lovely scale to it. Everything is walkable – the town centre, access to the river, the Abbey Quarter district and the modern railway station. Big enough to offer a diverse experience without the drawbacks of the big city. 

You’ll find Reading has one of the best choices of accommodation in the South East outside London, as well as being one of the UK’s best-connected destinations, which makes it a great base for exploring the Great West Way, the Chilterns, Silchester Roman City walls, the Thames Path or nearby Windsor, Henley or Oxford. 

You can now reach Reading directly on the Elizabeth Line (free for Freedom Pass holders).

Top 10 things to do in Reading

  • Thames Lido, a destination in its own right alongside the Thames. Make a day of it with a massage, swim, cocktails and tapas! 
  • Reading Museum is a great child-friendly museum with star exhibit, the 70 metre-long Bayeux Tapestry replica.
  • Reading Abbey Ruins is 900 years old. The burial place of King Henry I was once one of Europe’s largest medieval buildings.
  • The MERL, or Museum of English Rural Life, is an award-winning, family-friendly museum of food, farming and the countryside.
  • Thames River Cruise offer a range of cruises and onboard events along one of the loveliest stretches of the River Thames. Departing from Caversham Pier in the heart of Reading.
  • Reading is one of the UK capitals of Escape Rooms. There are four operators to choose from, each offering a selection of different experiences to escape from in an hour.
  • Head out of town to nearby Basildon Park, setting for the acclaimed 2005 film Pride & Prejudice.
  • Time your visit to coincide with Reading’s great summer festival programme 
  • Treat yourself to retail therapy in the Oracle shopping centre or the independent Harris Arcade.
  • Visit one of Reading’s many cultural venues, such as The Hexagon, South Street Arts Centre or the new Reading Rep Theatre

For a list of attractions and accommodation in Reading, see the listings at the foot of this page or:- 

For more ideas and inspiration on where to stay, what's on and things to do in Reading visit the official website, Visit-Reading.com
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  1. Thames Rivercruise Ltd.

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    Boat Trip

    Caversham

    The perfect venue on the Upper Thames.

  2. The Mill at Sonning

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    Restaurant

    Reading

    With much of the original structure retained, this 18th Century Flour Mill has been converted into a renowned Dinner Theatre. Patrons enjoy a fresh home-cooked meal - with not a microwave in sight! -before watching the performance in our theatre.

  3. Campiboats

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    Boats

    Well look no further; CampiBoats is the perfect choice for your unforgettable houseboat vacation. Our small family business can cater to all your houseboat needs, from providing your houseboat to designing an itinerary and providing holiday reading.

  4. Voco Reading

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    Hotel

    Reading

    Adjacent to Reading Madejski Stadium, located just 2-minutes off the M4 and only 4 miles off the town centre you will find voco Reading.

  5. Holiday Inn Reading South

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    Hotel

    READING

    Holiday Inn Reading South provides the perfect base for your stay in Reading, whether you are visiting the Reading Rock Festival, taking the kids to Legoland or visiting the nearby Business Parks.

  6. The Oracle Shopping Centre

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    Shopping Centre

    Reading

    One of the region’s premier shopping destinations, located on the banks of the River Kennet in the heart of Reading town centre.

  7. Time Trap Escape Rooms

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    Escape Room

    Reading

    TimeTrap Escape Rooms are Reading’s 5 star immersive escape games provider. Head back in time to the Great Fire of London, jump inside the whacky brain of Lewis Carroll, or travel back to 1942 Bletchley Park to uncover a spy.

  8. Caversham Boat Services

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    British Marine

    Caversham, Reading


    Family business offering a fleet of well maintained traditional cruisers and narrowboats for hire for short breaks and weekly hire. Limited Winter cruising available

  9. Crowne Plaza Reading East

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    Hotel

    Reading

    Exceptional new Four Silver Star hotel with superb 2 AA Rosette Caprice Restaurant and Esprit Fitness and Dermalogica Spa.

  10. Thames Lido

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Reading

    Thames Lido is a restored Victorian outdoor swimming pool which now offers a fully heated pool, hot tub and saunas, massage rooms, restaurant, bar and function room.

  11. Thames Lido Restaurant & Bar

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    Bar

    Reading

    The menus at the Lido have a strong Spanish and Mediterranean feel adding to the ‘holiday’ atmosphere of the venue.

  12. Malmaison Reading

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    Townhouse Hotel

    Reading

    The Malmaison Reading is a luxury, extremely unique hotel as it is thought to be the oldest standing rail hotel in the world, built in 1844. It opened in 2007 and was formerly the Great Western Hotel.

  13. Market House

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    Boutique Hotel

    Reading

    Retro Industrial Chic hotel with 24 uniquely decorated rooms in the heart of Reading centre.

  14. Beale Wildlife Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Reading

    Located on the banks of the River Thames in Berkshire, Beale Park is home to a unique collection of rare and endangered birds, animals favourites including monkeys, prairie dogs, meerkats and wallabies.

  15. Caversham Lakes

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    Lake / Reservoir

    Reading

    This beautiful lake offers a wide range of activities from open water swimming, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, aqua park and family beach with an onsite cafe and bar serving food and drinks throughout the day.

  16. London Street Brasserie

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    Bar

    Reading

    The London Street Brasserie is the second award-winning restaurant by owner and proprietor Paul Clerehugh.

  17. Reading Museum

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    Museum

    Reading

    Explore ten galleries of historic and artistic objects in Reading’s Victorian Town Hall.

  18. The Coconut Tree

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    Vegan Friendly

    READING

    Experience an explosion of flavours in our vegetables, meats & fish along with sweet & fiery Cocktails… a naturally abundant vegan & vegetarian cuisine.
    INTRO YOUR CREW’ TO SRI LANKAN SREET FOOD 50% off every Mon-Wed: INTRO YOUR CREW *eat in only.…

  19. Blue Collar Street Food Market

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    Serves Local Produce

    Reading

    Every Wednesday and Friday lunchtime, Blue Collar takes over Market Place to provide flavours from around the world from a range of top-quality street food outlets. Jamaican jerk chicken, Peruvian flavours or Vegan treats are regulars. 

  20. Thames Valley Wine School Reading

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    Event Venue

    Reading

    We are a local, independent wine, beer and spirits education and events company that specialises in hosting tastings and events in Reading and the surrounding area.

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