It has some of the best performing schools in the UK, a leading red brick university, one of the best shopping centres in the country and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside with magnificent stretches of the river Thames flowing through the heart of the town.
Reading boasts a wide range of housing options and neighbourhoods, from the leafy university area to character Victorian terraces, new vibrant town centre developments, suburban family homes or village life within easy commuting distance.
Reading is one of the best connected places in the UK. It’s hardly surprising that some of the world’s most famous companies have chosen to set up home here - Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, Verizon and Symantec to name just a few. But Reading is surprising in so many other ways: Michelin star restaurants; over eight hundred listed buildings and monuments including the burial site of Henry I, boutique hotels; family friendly museums; two National Trails and two beautiful rivers on our doorstep.
Reading has a dynamic arts and cultural scene, driven by an ambitious arts community including its own professional theatre companies, a thriving live music scene, strengths in visual arts and dance. It has recently celebrated a Year of Culture showcasing Reading’s cultural community as well as bringing many new experiences to the town.
Reading maintains significant parts of its medieval heritage - Reading Abbey was the mausoleum built as the burial place of King Henry I (the formidable Abbey Ruins still sits in the heart of the town centre). Its popularity as a thriving commercial centre under the Victorians can still be seen in the architecture of the town centre.
The people of Reading reflect the energy and ever changing face of the town. They come from all over the globe - to learn, to work, to experience our culture and to be part of the exciting way of life in modern Reading. Together, people and place are moving forward, sharing an ambitious vision for a town that is recreating itself with imagination and heart.
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