Explore the Great West Way in and around Reading

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Reading sits at the heart of the new national touring route, the Great West Way.  The Great West Way brings together many of England's most famous destinations and attractions along a 125 miles corridor west of London through to Bristol. Reading is a great base to explore the central part of the Great West Way.

Download our Reading Great West Way advert to get an idea of what Reading has to offer.

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Getting here

Reading is just one stop on the fast train from London Paddington, taking just 25 minutes and as one of the UK's busiest stations outside London, is linked to destinations north, south, east and west, including Bath, Bristol and Oxford. 

You can also get here by road - Reading is on the A4 and the M4, by boat on either the river Kennet or Thames and the local award-winning bus service reaches Reading from all towns in the area.

Stay here

Reading has a wealth of high quality accommodation. The Roseate Reading (formerly the Forbury Hotel) is a luxury hotel in the heart of Reading's Abbey Quarter, just a short walk from great shopping and dining and a short stroll to Reading Abbey ruins itself.  

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Explore Reading

Reading was founded over 1000 years ago and Reading Abbey was the chosen burial site for King Henry I of England. Start your journey of discovery in the Reading Gallery at Reading Museum.  The Abbey Ruins themselves are open every day, dawn til dusk. Reading is also home to the Museum of English Rural Life and the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and Cole Museum of Zoology(on the University's Whiteknights campus). 

A cruise with Thames River Cruises is a great way to see Reading and its wonderful waterways - the Kennet and Thames. Stop off for a fabulous meal and swim at the beautifully conserved Edwardian bathing complex, the Thames Lido

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Reading is the regional shopping destination for the Thames Valley region. The town's compact centre means a visit to the Oracle Shopping Centre, the main pedestrianised shopping street (Broad Street) or the independent shopping mall at the Harris Arcade is all within a short walking distance.

Outside of the town centre, there are great country houses to explore like the National Trust's Basildon Park or Mapledurham. Sports fans can watch Reading FC play Championship football at the Madejski Stadium.

For a list of places to visit, see our list of attractions

Suggested itineraries

Download the heritage and H2O itinerary for ideas for a weekend in Reading

10 things you may not know about Reading

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