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Reading Area Guide

Reading is a one of the busiest towns in Berkshire, with a very good shopping centre offering a great choice of shops covering all age groups.

It has the benefit of a  direct rail link to London Paddington (28 mins), one of Britain’s largest and busiest railways in one direction and in the other you can go direct to Bristol (55 mins).

The Heathrow Express coach service goes direct to the airport leaving Reading Station every 30 minutes. The M4 junction 11 is a 10 minute car journey away connecting you to London, Slough, Bracknell or west to Bristol and Wales.

Reading  is also know as a University Town with The University of Reading being ranked as one of the UK’s 10 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world, enjoying a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, they received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars. Important achievements include being the first university to win the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (1989) and twice receiving the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (1998 and 2006).

Some of Reading Famous residents are:

  • Arthur Negus
  • Chris Tarrant
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Shirley Sheppard
  • Howard Taylor
  • Kate Winslet
  • Raj Persaud
  • Ricky Gervais
  • Will Young

Reading Local Attractions

Forbury Gardens

The highlight of this is a statue of a lion famed for its feet both pointing in the same direction. The person who made this statue realized he had made a mistake, climbed to the top and jumped off killing himself.

Reading Festival

This happens once a year and began in the late 1960’s it has now become a main attraction and is one of the largest Rock and Jazz Festivals in the south of England. In 2010 instead of people taking home their belonging, it was decided that the festival goers would burn their belongings. Unfortunately it did not stop there as some people decided to burn other people’s as well.

The Museum of Reading

Access to the museums is at the front of the Town Hall building just a 2 minute walk from the centre.

Reading Football Club

Was set up in 1871 at Reading Recreation Ground after being moved several times it came to the Madejski stadium in 1998. John Madejski a well known business man in Reading became chairman/ owner of the club. The club has had many twists and turns being promoted to the Premier division and then unfortunately were relegated 2 seasons later.

Places to Eat, Drink & Hotels in Reading

Offers a wide range of Pasta dishes. Located in Market Place just across the road from the centre
Open at lunch time and evenings, last orders are 22.30 hrs
Call 0118 958 8966

Is by the Kennett River renowned for its very hot chicken
Call 0118 950 2199

TGI Friday
American themed bar and restaurant. Contains menus, drinks list, prices and a monthly promotion
Call 0118 957 5656

Forburys Restaurant
French and fine dining Cuisine
Can be found just behind the Business Centre
Call 0118 957 4044

The Lynhurst
Pub Food cuisine
88 Queens Road, Reading, RG1 4DG
Call 0872 107 7077

Bella Italia at the Oracle
Italian and pasta Cuisine
Call 0118 956 6963

Great Pubs – Great Craic. Drop into O’Neill’s for a Guinness and a bite to eat and you’ll understand why people love to spend time unwinding with us.
Call 0118 960 6580

Quality Hotel Reading
Situated in the heart of Reading’s town centre, the hotel is ideally located next to the Oracle shopping complex and within easy reach of the inner ring road and train station. From £35 per night
4-8 Duke Street, Reading. Tel: 0118 958 3455

Novotel Reading Centre
Featuring a swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room, this new generation 4-star Novotel is located in Reading town centre, just 3 minutes’ walk from the Reading. From £59 per night
25B Friar Street, Reading. Tel: 0118 952 2600

The Forbury (part of Von Essen Hotels)
26 The Forbury , Reading, RG1 3EJ Tel: 0800 078 9789



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