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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)

The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle © The Dean & Canons of Windsor
Changing of the Guard

Opening times:
Apr-July Mon-Sat 11am; Aug-Mar 11am alternate days and excluding Sundays; please visit the castle's website for full details Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

Blenheim Palace South Front, Oxfordshire. Courtesy of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Opening times:
Daily 10.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm); park daily 9am-4.45pm; 2 Nov-16 Dec Wed-Sun only Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Reading:


Reading Half Marathon

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 01/04/2015

World Pooh Sticks Championships

Dates Open:
25/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

Oxford University's library, the Radcliffe Camera with Brasnose College below, Oxford, England. Courtesy of Britain on View
Oxford Literary Festival

Dates Open:
24/03/2015 to 01/04/2015

Oxford Jazz Festival

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 07/04/2015

Dancin' Oxford

Dates Open:
18/02/2015 to 29/03/2015
18/02/2016 to 28/03/2016

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