Type:Towns & Villages

Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3EU
Reading town centre and River Kennet


One of the largest towns in the UK with a energetic atmosphere to match, Reading is nevertheless surrounded by some stunning Royal Berkshire countryside.

Set around the confluence of the River Thames and the River Kennet, it's as easy to get away from it all in Reading as it is to find bustling shopping centres and lively bars.

Those looking for a little retail therapy should head straight for The Oracle Shopping Centre - one of the best shopping destinations in South East England. You'll find all the favourite high-street names, as well as independent and craft stores in the nearby streets.

For all its modern amenities, Reading is a place with a fascinating heritage. As well as the town where Oscar Wilde wrote his famous Ballad of Reading Gaol, Reading has a 12th Century ruined Abbey, and even a huge replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Today it's also the site of one of the biggest and longest running music festivals in the UK - The Reading Festival.

Reading is perfectly located for either a short trip from London, or as a base for exploring nearby attractions. It's a short drive from the glorious town of Henley-on-Thames or the dreaming spires of the city of Oxford.

Things to do in Reading

  • Reading Museum is a great child-friendly museum with plenty of exhibits and hands-on attractions, as well as a Bayeux Tapestry replica.
  • Why not visit The Wind in the Willows at the River and Rowing Museum in nearby Henley-on-Thames.
  • Head up the River Thames to the historic town of Windsor to see one of the most iconic attractions in England - Windsor Castle.
  • Head to nearby Basildon Park and discover for yourself why it was chosen as the setting for the acclaimed 2005 film Pride & Prejudice.

Towns near Reading

Explore the local area with these places to visit and villages near Reading.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Reading is about 40 miles west of London, is easily accessible via the major motorway networks of the M4 and M3 and is well served by public transport.

What's Nearby

  1. Thames Valley Wine School Reading

    Thames Valley Wine School offers tutored wine tastings for people to get more out from…

    0.33 miles away
  2. Reading Museum

    Twelve hands-on galleries including Roman Silchester, changing art gallery, Box Room,…

    0.34 miles away
  3. Museum of English Rural Life

    The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) is England’s most extensive museum dedicated…

    0.71 miles away
  1. Caversham Boat Services

    Family business offering a fleet of well maintained traditional cruisers and narrowboats…

    0.75 miles away
  2. Thames Rivercruise Ltd.

    The perfect venue on the Upper Thames.

    0.93 miles away
  3. Better Boating Co

    John & Jack Patey welcome you to their family run business, established in 1971.

    0.93 miles away
  4. HUMOS Natural Perfumery

    HUMOS Natural Perfumery hosts a range of luxury fragrance and candle creation workshops…

    1.4 miles away
  5. Visit Arundel

    Arundel captures the essence of heritage, urban chic and country pursuits, all within a…

    2.88 miles away
  6. Caversham Heath Golf Club

    Nestling on the borders of Berkshire & Oxfordshire, just outside of Reading you’ll find…

    2.94 miles away
  7. Mapledurham House

    An Elizabethan manor house alongside the River Thames, containing paintings, oak…

    3.48 miles away
  8. Mapledurham Watermill

    The last working corn and grist watermill on the Thames with parts dating from the 15thC.…

    3.48 miles away
  9. The Museum of Berkshire Aviation

    Aircraft, archives, photographs, related aviation items and uniforms housed in an…

    3.92 miles away
  10. Nirvana Spa

    Christmas Sale 2for1 on selected all-inclusive spa experiences*

    4.21 miles away
  11. Dinton Pastures Country Park

    A 350-acre site with meadows, fishery, watersports and conservation lakes. Three bird…

    4.58 miles away
  12. Hosehill Lake

    Hosehill Lake is also a local nature reserve. The path around the lake is a mile long and…

    4.6 miles away
  13. Stanlake Park Wine Estate

    English wine made by passionate professionals. A luxury for everyday life.

    Since 1979,…

    5.48 miles away
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