Rediscover Reading this Summer

Ideas for short breaks or day trips

There is lots to explore in Reading this summer. Attractions, boat trips and tours have reopened in Reading. River walks, parks and the Abbey Quarter are great outdoor spaces to explore with family and friends. And now our accommodation has reopened, along with indoor attractions, restaurants and bars meaning you can make a real weekend of it. 

When you visit, make sure you do so responsibly. Plan your outing and book ahead; respect and protect while you enjoy the outdoors; be kind to staff; support your local independent businesses; maintain social distancing and remember - Face. Hands. Space. Fresh Air; and check out the 'We're Good to Go' marque, which shows you which businesses have prepared properly to welcome you safely.

Check out some of our itinerary suggestions below or jump straight to the pages to find what is open/when.

Open air attractions 

Reading ReadingAbbey900 creditReadingMuseum AbbeyQuarter webbannerIn its 900th anniversary year, Reading Abbey Ruins is an outdoor experience open 365 days a year. Find out where King Henry I was buried, where Jane Austen went to school or where Oscar Wilde was imprisoned on a self-guided walk around Reading Abbey Quarter. The Museum of English Rural Life has a gorgeous garden and cafe - great fun for little ones in particular.

A family visit to Beale Wildlife Park or a stroll through the nearby parklands of the National Trust's Basildon Park are a few miles west of Reading. Roman Silchester is open to explore to the south, or fun for all the family is on offer at Wellington Country Park. 

Places to stay from 17 May

5350 76 webPlanning a break away with friends and family after 17 May? Reading hotels and serviced apartments offer a wide choice to the visitor. Stay in the heart of the town with everything within easy walking distance or take advantage of easy access from the M4 by staying south of the centre and pop into the town centre or explore the wider area. Either way, take advantage of the great offers available.

A waterside town

ThamesRiverCruisesReading was founded at the intersection of the Rivers Thames and Kennet over a thousand years ago. Both rivers and the Kennet and Avon Canal play an important role in Reading today.

Open top boat tours on the Thames have started up again. Sit back with a drink and watch the world go by as you explore the Thames in Reading and the stunning surrounding countryside. More active water lovers can walk the Thames Path National Trail or try out the new Aqua Park or open water swimming at Caversham Lakes. Thames Lido has reopened - look out for new spa/dine packages.

Walks and tours

20210302 113107 landscapeReading is a great walking town. Find your own way round the Abbey Ruins or book an expert to take your round. Blue Badge Guide Graham Horn offers tours for single family groups. Reading has 'acquired' 2 pieces of Banksy street art this spring. Check out our walking map to find the new 'Create Escape' on the wall Reading Prison or wander down to the Thames to see 'Cherish, love, hope'. Cinema tours, the Thames Path, St James Way, tree walks or Fox Talbot's Reading, we have lots of ways for you to explore Reading.

Rail Walk - Thames Path National Trail – Reading to Shiplake (7 miles)

Get the train to Reading with GWR and walk east along the Thames to Shiplake and 

Once Reading is left behind, you'll enjoy a landscape of gentle wooded hills, fine houses, the ever-widening River Thames and the lovely 18th century hump-backed bridge at Sonning. East of Reading the River Kennet enters the River Thames. From Sonning you cross to the north bank and the river becomes rural again, watch out for the boys from Shiplake College rowing along the Thames.



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