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Boats on Thames

Step out of your hotel in Reading to explore 12th-century abbey ruins and promenade through Georgian country parks and Victorian pleasure gardens.

Historic Reading

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:


Enjoying a walk in Beale Park. Photo courtesy of Beale Park
Beale Park

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm (until 6pm in high season) Feb - Nov 2013 (annual)

Reading FC 2011/12

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Basildon Park. Courtesy of the National Trust
Basildon Park

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Dec 11am-4pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Tue (annual)

Legoland Windsor, Berkshire. Courtesy of PR Matters
Legoland Windsor

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm/6pm/7pm/8pm/9pm - please visit website as opening times vary according to season Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

Semi-State Rooms

Opening times:
Daily 9.45am-4.15pm Sep 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)

What's on in Reading:


Fireworks. Photo by Claudia Fogg
Firework Family Day at Ascot

Dates Open:
29/10/2014 to 29/10/2014

Fireworks. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
The Mayor's Firework Fiesta

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair. Courtesy of Windsor Contemporary Art Fair
Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

Dates Open:
14/11/2014 to 16/11/2014

Slough Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular

Dates Open:
06/11/2014 to 06/11/2014

Jakub Hrusa, Czech conductor
Glyndebourne on Tour

Dates Open:
04/11/2014 to 08/11/2014

Fright Nights at Thorpe Park. Courtesy of Thorpe Park
Fright Nights

Dates Open:
07/10/2015 to 16/10/2015
21/10/2014 to 31/10/2014

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