Explore Reading

Reading provides a huge range of things to do to make your stay memorable, from a day trip on the Thames or retail therapy to a long luxurious weekend visiting Thames Lido, dining out on the Oracle Riverside or a tour around Reading's heritage quarter. 

Reading was the burial place of King Henry I of England. Explore the ruins of Reading Abbey, founded in 1121 or visit the Abbey Gateway, former school of author Jane Austen. Oscar Wilde spent 2 unhappy years imprisoned in nearby Reading Gaol - his experience bequeathed several great works of literature to the world. 

On the river, take a Thames River Cruise up river to Mapledurham, swim at Thames Lido, walk the longest Thames river frontage of any local authority or dine alongside the River Kennet. 

Reading's great museum will introduce you to a whole new world. From the fascinating history of Reading and the only copy of the Bayeux Tapestry in the UK at Reading Musuem, to the story of food and farming at The MERL or greek archaeology at the Ure Museum.   




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