2016 - a year of culture in Reading

Throughout 2016, Reading will be celebrating the vibrant arts, culture and heritage scene in the town as well as inviting new shows and talent to the town. Find out more >>>

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Famous as one of the UK’s top ten retail destinations the heart of Reading offers all the major names in retail such as John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser or Primark, two major shopping centres as well as a vibrant independent shopping scene. All within 500 metres of the station. Find out more...


  • Forbury Gardens, a nationally acclaimed Victorian formal garden
  • The ruins of Reading Abbey, ancient monument and burial place of Henry I, King of England.
  • The Kennet and Avon Canal, Reading Gaol and the Oscar Wilde gates.
  • Explore the Riverside Museum and relax on a barge moored outside a restaurant that started life as a Victorian pumping station.
  • Reading Museum tells the fascinating story of the town and its people
  • Museum of English Rural Life - due to reopen this autumn after a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant

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In this, Reading's Year off Culture, try one of Reading's many venues:-

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You can dine round the world in Reading town centre. Try the Riverside for everything from sushi to pizzas, London Street for Ethiopian (RISC) and Lebanese (Bakery House), independents such as cafe/bar Artigiano or gluten free cafe Nibsy's you'll find in and around Broad Street and there's plenty of fine dining on offer at The Forbury or London Street Brasserie.

New arrivals include Itsu, CAU and Smokehouse.  


There is a vibrant nightlife in Reading town centre with bars, real ale pubs and clubs vying for your attention. Find out more...  


Reading is home to two major UK sporting teams. Both play at The Madejski Stadium:-

  • Reading Football Club currently play in The Championship but they have been a Premiership side and visitors to Wembley Stadium in very recent times.
  • London Irish play in England's rugby Premiership 

The Thames

If the weather is fine it's time to try messing about on the river - walk, cruise and explore the Thames, just 10 minutes walk from the town centre.   


Come for the day or stay in one of Reading's great hotels to extend the fun!