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Type:Towns & Villages

Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3EU

Tel: +44 (0)118 900 1624



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.


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

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