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Basildon House 1

Basildon Park National Trust

Arts & Culture, Historic & Heritage, Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR
Georgian mansion with grand 18th century reception rooms and 1950s kitchen set in 400 acres of parkland. Gardens originally created in 1800s. In the 1960s Lady Iliffe created the Rose Garden with advice from Lanning Roper, an American garden consultant.
Gardens open. Please book.

Beale Park

Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NH
0118 984 5172 Website
An outdoor wildlife park within 30 acres set against the River Thames in Berkshire. A home to an exciting mix of animals and attractions
Re-open from 29 June onwards

Caversham Boat Services

On the Water, Visitor attractions
The Boat House, Frys Island, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8DG
Family business offering a fleet of well-maintained traditional cruisers and narrowboats for hire. Narrowboats and holiday cruisers for weekend breaks or holidays. Day cruisers (up to 12), skiffs and motorboats available for day hire or by the hour.
Open for day hires
Caversham Court Stairway

Caversham Court Gardens

Parks & Gardens, Visitor attractions
Church Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7AD
Set on the bank of the River Thames it is listed in the English Heritage 'Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England'. A charming walled garden with terraced lawns leading down to the river Thames. There are many mature specimen trees to be seen including ancient yew, with flower borders and a lavender bank. The site is a great place for a picnic, and many public events are held in the gardens throughout the year, including open air theatre and cinema. The park is also a Green Flag and Green Heritage award winner. The Tea Kiosk is open March - October from 10am Tuesday - Sunday.

Christchurch Meadows

Parks & Gardens
Reading, RG4 8BY
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Escape Hunt Reading

Visitor Attractions
King's Walk, 19-23 King Street, Reading, RG1 2HG
The popular escape room attraction in King's Walk in Reading town centre offers a selection of escape rooms including Dr Who and Blackbeard's Treasure.
Reopening 11 July

Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre

Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Ladds Garden Village, Bath Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9SB
A collection of Hawks, Falcons and Owls used to allow people the opportunity to experience falconry and the unique and wonderful bond between man and bird. Based at Ladd’s Garden Village, Reading, it offers a Half-Day Hands On Experience session and Hawk Walks. The centre is FREE to visit.
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Forbury Gardens

Parks & Gardens, Visitor attractions
Abbot's Walk, Reading, RG1 3HW
This Victorian public town garden, located between the town centre and the ruins of the 12th century abbey, is home to the famous Maiwand Lion statue.

Harris Garden

Parks & Gardens, Visitor attractions
University of Reading, Whiteknights campus, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6UR
Once the home paddock of ‘The Wilderness’, a Victorian house which was built in the remains of a famous landscape garden created at White Knights by George, Marquis of Blandford (later 5th Duke of Marlborough) between 1798 and 1819. A small botanic garden which covers approximately 5 hectares was established in the 1970s and extended over subsequent years to become a teaching resource for Reading University.

Loddon Brewery

Sightseeing & Tours, Visitor attractions
Church Lane, Dunsden, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 9QD
Family run brewery. The brew plant is set in a beautiful 300-year-old barn. It has appeared in Midsomer Murders (Inspector Barnaby) the ‘Night of the Stag’ episode. They even have their own Night of the Stag beer which is available to buy in the shop or online. Sample a pint of beer in the Taproom.
Shop and tap room reopen 4 July

Medical Museum Royal Berkshire Hospital

Historic & Heritage, Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Medical Museum, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5AN
Large range of medical, surgical, dental, pharmaceutical and nursing equipment and an extensive collection of memorabilia, photographs. Displays include a 1930s dental surgery, a 1950s ward, a working demonstration of a fibre-optic endoscope, and live leeches. One reason for the building of the hospital was the large number of serious injuries occurring during the construction of the Great Western Railway. The first patient treated at the hospital was George Earley, a railway worker aged 15.
Currently closed

Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Mohawk Way, Woodley, RG5 4UE
0118 944 8089 Website
Currently closed

Palmer Park

Parks & Gardens
Reading, RG6 1LF
Purple Turtle

Purple Turtle

9 Gun Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2JR
0118 959 7196 Email Website
The Turtle is legend in Reading and has been around for 20 years now, the late night bar with atmosphere and a great vibe every night of the week...
Currently closed

Reading Abbey Ruins

Historic & Heritage, Visitor attractions
Abbot's Walk, Reading, RG1 3HW
Reading Abbey was founded by King Henry I in 1121. Open dawn to dusk, it offers a unique opportunity to learn more about 900 years of history or just simply to relax and read.
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Reading Minster

Historic & Heritage, Visitor attractions
The Minster Office, St Mary's Gate, Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX
The Minster of St. Mary-the-Virgin is a Grade 1 Listed Building of unquestionable historic and architectural importance. Its earliest origins can be placed more than a thousand years ago and throughout this long history, there can be traced a remarkable survival story, encountering the Civil and World War attacks and extensive restorations in the sixteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Art Gallery

Reading Museum

Historic & Heritage, Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
0118 939 9800 Website
Situated in the town Hall, the Museum tells the story of Reading from its Saxon beginnings to the high-tech town it is today

Reading Rowing Club

Sport & Leisure
Reading, RG1 8BD

Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock

Historic & Heritage, Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Blakes Lock, Gasworks Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3EQ
This small site tells the story of Reading's two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames - the Riverside Museum occupies two Listed former waterworks buildings, the Screen House and the Turbine House, a unique Victorian building that spans the River Kennet.
Currently closed

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre

Historic & Heritage, Visitor attractions
Silchester, Hampshire, RG7 2HP
Silchester has its origins as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman conquest of AD 43 it became the large and important town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never reoccupied or built over after it was abandoned in the 6th or 7th century, so archaeological investigations have given an unusually complete picture of its development. The complete circuit of the Roman walls, some of the best-preserved Roman town defences in England, and remains of the amphitheatre still stand.
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Thames Lido spa & restaurant

On the Water, Visitor Attractions, Spas & Wellbeing, Sport & Leisure, Restaurants, Visitor attractions
Napier Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8FR
The recently restored Grade II swimming pool located by the River Thames, first opened in 1902 as the Ladies Swimming Bath. Now offering Spa packages or a great dining experience.
Reopened 21 July

Thames River Cruise

On the Water, Sightseeing & Tours, Visitor attractions
Bridge Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8AH
Scheduled public cruises and special trips and private charters throughout the year from Reading to Goring and Henley. A choice of boats from a Little Ship of Dunkirk to multi deck party and restaurant boats. Choose a cruise from: Thames Explorer 80 Minute River Cruise to Mapledurham, Saturday Sundowner Cruise, Afternoon Tea on the Thames, Hop-on-hop-off boat trip Caversham to Goring, River Trips from Pangbourne Meadows or Goring or Caversham to Reading Abbey.
Re-opening 4 July

Thames Riverside

On the Water, Parks & Gardens, Sightseeing & Tours, Sport & Leisure
Reading has the longest stretch of Thames frontage of any local authority in England. Great for walking, water sports and river trips.

The Mill at Sonning

Arts & Culture, Visitor attractions
Sonning Eye, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6TY
Set majestically on the banks of the River Thames, it is the only dinner theatre in the UK. The intimate theatre seats 215 in the semi-round allowing the audience to feel involved in the performance. The elegant restaurant has views over the Thames. A spinning waterwheel features in the cosy bar. Every ticket at The Mill includes a home-cooked two-course meal.
Currently closed

Time Trap Escape Rooms

Historic & Heritage, Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
11 Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1DB
0118 405 0074 Email Website
TimeTrap Escape Rooms sends you back to the most important points in history. Gather your team and book Reading’s award winning immersive escape room experience.
Reopening 15 July
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Tours 2 Order

Sightseeing & Tours, Visitor attractions
Old BAth Road, Charvil, Reading, RG10 9QN
Bespoke tours by coach, public transport or on foot for groups or individuals around Reading and throughout the Great West Way area. Blue Badge Tourist Guide.
Tours bookable direct.

Ure Museum

Historic & Heritage, Visitor Attractions, Visitor attractions
Edith Morley Building, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6UR
Owned by the University of Reading and an integral part of the Department of Classics, it is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain. The collection primarily consists of material from the Greek and Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan ceramics and terracottas.
Currently closed
Wild Lime

Wild Lime

12-14 Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1DB
0118 958 1457 Email Website
Wild Lime are known for their delicious and freshly made 2 for 1 cocktails, event nights, live entertainment and a great selection of fresh and tasty dishes...
Currently closed

Wokingham Waterside Centre

On the Water, Sport & Leisure
Reading, RG6 1QP