Step out of your hotel in Reading to explore 12th-century abbey ruins and promenade through Georgian country parks and Victorian pleasure gardens.
Palladian elegance oozes from every nook and cranny at rambling Basildon Park National Trust country house in Lower Basildon. Enjoy Victorian-style frivolity with kiosk ice creams and bandstand serenades in the town centre Forbury Gardens. Steps away are the cloister walls at Reading’s Abbey.
Art and museums in Reading
See vintage photos of muddy mayhem at Reading Festival at the Town Hall’s Museum of Reading. Visitors to Reading hotels can see a Victorian copy of the Bayeux Tapestry without crossing the Channel. Budding zoologists marvel at killer whale skeletons at the university’s free-entry Cole Museum of Zoology.
Quirky things to do in Reading
Mummified cats’ heads and funeral boats are amongst the curios at Reading’s Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. Stay at a Reading hotel to hand-feed friendly deer on a tractor trail around Bucklebury Farm Park. Cottage garden aromas fill the old barn at the Herb Farm at Sonning Common.
Events in Reading
In March, runners cross the line at the Madejski Stadium for the Reading Half Marathon. Symphonic sounds fill the horseshoe Concert Hall during Classical Music Alive. Pitch up at the August Bank Holiday Reading Festival for big-top dance acts and main-stage rockers.
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Attractions in Reading:
Daily 10am-5pm (until 6pm in high season) Feb - Nov 2013 (annual)
Sat, Sun and bank holidays 2pm-5.30pm Apr - Sep 2013; Weekends only (annual)
House Wed-Sun 2pm-5pm; Garden Wed-Sun 11am-5pm Apr - Sep 2013; not Mon or Tue (annual)
Mar-Oct: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Dec 11am-4pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Tue (annual)
4 Apr-19 Sep: Sun 1pm-4.30pm; Jul & Aug Wed 1pm-4.30pm; Bank Holiday Mon 1pm-4.30pm Apr - Sep 2013 (annual)
What's on in Reading:
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24/05/2013 to 25/05/2013
03/05/2014 to 04/05/2014
02/06/2013 to 02/06/2013
01/05/2014 to 30/08/2014
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