Situated in Berkshire within close proximity of London and within close proximity of Thames Valley area, Reading sits perfectly within the Thames as well as the Kennet river districts.
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Some of the best places to visit on your trip to Reading include the likes of the famous Reading Abbey Ruins as well as Forbury Gardens. Guests can have the chance to take advantage of the impressive gardens that used to belong to the Reading Abbey. In addition to this, the founder of the Abbey was none other than Henry I who was laid to rest here during the 12th Century.
A couple of the former sites actually still exist to this very day such as St Laurence's Church and the Gateway. On the other hand, the Museum of Reading based on Blagrave Street is another must see attraction. Located in the heart of the Victorian Town Hall, you will have the ability to admire the history of Reading not to mention a number of different Roman influences.
Staying on the Roman theme and Silchester Roman Town is an ideal place to explore. Situated less than 9 miles from Reading, guests will be able to admire the number of different archaeological features located at this impressive site from the amphitheatre to the small mediaeval church. The Reading Festival takes place annually and is home to a large number of famous acts from across the music world. If sport is more your thing then why not head to the Madjeski Stadium which is the place where Reading Football Club play.
The Royals as they are known have a prestigious history and have been in the top flight of English football on several occasions. Reading is also an important retail centre where you can benefit from a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Pedestrianized shopping streets can be found near to Broad Street whilst there are a few indoor outlets including the Oracle Centre not to mention the Broad Street complex.
For hotel options, why not look at the stylish 4 star Pentahotel Reading, the 4 star Novotel Reading positioned close to the city centre and train station or the stylish Crowne Plaza which is on the banks of the glorious River Thames. For guests looking for more budget friendly options, check out the Faculty Serviced Apartments with free wireless internet access or the Premier Inn Reading Central which is within touching distance of the Oracle retail complex.
When it comes to dining choices in Reading, there is an abundance of choice. This features The Cerise Restaurant and Bar or Forbury's, which has two AA rosettes to its name and several French classics. The London Street Brasserie is another favourite with guests and tourists alike thanks to its array of European dishes, whilst Sweeney and Todd on 10 Castle Street is famous for its array of classic pie dishes. The Griffin in nearby Caversham is ideal for pub grub and Loch Fyne delivers an array of fish and seafood specialities.
The main station is Reading Railway Station where guests can access trains from London Paddington or Waterloo in around 30 minutes to one hour. Guests can access the M4 motorway from London taking around an hour, whilst Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick airports are all within 60 minutes by car.