Great Expectations

33 London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS, United Kingdom
Great Expectations Hotel & Bar
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Need urgent help

by avidubai

Hi all,

I am flying into Gatwick 21:00 hours on 29th of March. I need to get to Reading that night. Could someone please advice what would be the best cheapest and the shortest way to get there?

Thanks a tonnnnnnnnnnn

RE: RE: RE: Need urgent help

by leics

Amazingly, there is a fairly easy way but, like most UK public transport, it's not particulalrly cheap.

There is a direct train from Gatwick to Reading (also ones where you have to change, but avoid them if you can). for times and fares. There's a direct train leaving at 22:23, costs 17.10GBP single, takes about an hour and a half, arrives just after midnight. Trains go more or less all through the night.

There is a coach from Gatwick South Terminal to Reading railway station but, amazingly, this appears to cost more than the train! if you want to explore this option.

RE: RE: Need urgent help

by leics

Thank you (though I'm not, of course). I've done that particular journey several times, so know it well. Bit boring, but perfectly ok.

Travel Tips for Reading



by Geoff_Wright


Windsor is obviously best known to the visitor for its famous castle, which is still used as a main Royal residence by the Queen and the Royal Family. Sir Christopher Wren built the Town Hall*, and a gentleman by the name of Grinling Gibbons did much of the wood carving in the Church of St John the Baptist. The real importance of the town has always been derived from Wondsor Castle, the chief residence of English rulers since William I. The castle was improved and rebuilt by successive sovereigns. Henry II erected the famous Round Tower, and Edward IV began the construction of St George's Chapel, one of the most splendid churches in England, where Knights of the Garter are installed with medieval ceremony. In the chapelseveral of England's kings are buried. Some of the vaults are now used to store art treasures, national archives, and museum collections. In Frogmore, the royal mausoleum, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, her husband, are buried.

* I worked in Windsor for 2 years, and on my arrival I was once told that Sir Christoper Wren originally designed the canopy of the Town Hall with no central supports. The powers that be were not impressed and insisted that more columns should be added in order to support the masonry. Reluctantly Wren did as he was instructed, but apparently the tops of the additional columns (which obviously cannot be seen from the pavement) do not make contact with the underside of the canopy. Whether this is true or not, I don't know!

Riverside pub with good food

by KennetRose about The Fishermans Cottage

Quiet and spacious pub beside the Kennet, close to Blakes Lock. A modern conservatory has been added to extend the space, making it light and airy without spoiling the character. Garden at the back and seats by the river for the summer.

There is a bar billiards table, increasingly rare these days as the infernal pool drives this lovely skilful game out of bars.

Be warned however that this stretch of the Kennet can be dangerous at night - I've known too many people who have been mugged down here to be complacent. The problem is that muggers can attack and then run into the maze of the Orts Road estate, which has a bad drugs problem.

Pendon Museum

At the Pendon...

by Geoff_Wright

Pendon Museum

At the Pendon Museum the aim to recapture, in detailed and colourful miniature, scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it used to be in the years around 1930. Realistically modelled cottages, farms, fields and lanes recall the peaceful country ways of that period. Cavalcades of trains, accurately represented, provide a fascinating record of the railways of the time. Pendon is being created entirely by volunteer modellers who work to the most exacting standards.

Pendon Museum is situated in the village of Long Wittenham, near Didcot in Oxfordshire, England. Long Wittenham is very picturesque, as is its neighbour Clifton Hampden. Both villages are on the River Thames, and moorings are available for boaters. Three pubs in the village offer good lunches. Pendon has a small shop selling a variety of interesting books and other items, as well as light refreshments.

My Hometown!

by JimBobTheFirst

I was born and have lived in or near Reading all my life (so far!!!) and it is a fairly typical large UK town which may well gain city status in the near future. Reading isn't really the place for site seeing or tourism as it has everything any other major town should have ie shopping, cinemas, bowling, bars and clubs etc. Sports fans should check out the Madejski stadium for a Football (Reading FC) or Rugby (London Irish) match, as it was recently voted one of the best mid sized stadiums in Europe.


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Address: 33 London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS, United Kingdom