Reading Travel Guide

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Reading Highlights

  • Pro
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     Many good Restaurants, Bars and Shopping Facilities, and good connections to London 

  • Con
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     Reading Buses, lack of diverse nightlife, commuters everywhere, hideous architcture e.g. Apex Plaza, Broad Street Mall. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Getting to be more and more worthy of a visit 

Reading Things to Do

  • When Between Trains at...

    ..........you could do worse than pop into "The Three Guineas" for a decent pint (and the food's not too bad as well!).The pub here at Reading station is well worth stopping off at in its own right as a boozer - a good selection of well-kept beers, decent food, good atmosphere - even internet access if you have a Cloud subscription. The bar is vast...

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  • Reading Abbey - Taking In A Little Local...

    The ruins of Reading Abbey, and their adjacent Forbury Gardens, provide a pleasant open space in the middle of the town centre to have a wander or sit with a take away lunch.The Abbey was, in its Medieval heyday, one of the wealthiest abbeys in England. It was founded by Henry 1st in 1121 and by the 15th century was both a major site of pilgrimage...

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  • 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...

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Reading Restaurants

  • Morning coffee & afternoon tea

    In the centre of Reading, there is the 19th century town hall, built in the gothic style, the town hall hosts concerts, and Reading's main museum is in the same building. The cafe is a break from the museum, a pre-concert (although not evening) or a retreat from the hustle & bustle of Reading town centre. Tea & coffee is Free trade, and the cakes...

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  • Lounge cafe in town

    The Rafina has been in Reading for about 43 years, and is still still run by the same Greek family who opened it in 1970. In a style of an English cafe, it serves breakfasts and lunches, all freshly cooked. In summer the cafe is air-conditioned. Today I had an "English" breakfast of sausage, bacon, baked beans, egg and hash-browns, all freshly...

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  • Great Expectations for food and beer

    An interesting pub in a neo-classical building on London Street, the inside has been decorated to look like a Dicken's theme (like the "Old Curiosity Shop", a library etc) where an eclectic selection of beers and alcoholic drinks are served along with burgers in buns, paninis, salads, chips and Sunday roasts. One good thing was even on a Saturday...

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Reading Nightlife

  • If It's A Proper Pub You're Looking...

    ...you could do worse than pop into The Bugle. This is a no-frills town centre boozer with good beer, friendly (if slightly drunken) locals and makes a refreshing change from the characterless pubco places.This is the sort of pub where you can just sit with a quite pint and read the paper (with the background of the juke box competing with the tv)...

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  • Bar Crawl

    ok, the oracle or friar street are the best places for pubs;Theres too many too write down but theres a good list at this sitehttp://www.readinet.org/I like Casa, near the Library, walkabout, bar med ( in the oracle) all the classy places :) varies

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  • Have a laugh here

    Another one of my regular haunts when I go out in Reading is HA! HA! Bar and Canteen.Its a very trendy Restaurant/Bar in the centre of reading. And should I feel the need, your can order food or go to the restaurant area and order something nice to nibble from their extensive menu.As I am a burger connoiseur, I have had many of their delicious...

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Reading Transportation

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    Hi i'm a taxi driver in Reading and get many customers who come from other places to visit Reading. The best thing to do is either get a train like mentioned otherwise book a taxi in a reasonable price, like ourselves and then go site seeing to the most popular locations around the area.

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  • Parking at Chatham Place

    Park your car in this brand new nine storey car park and enjoy the views you have from top floor.Address: Chatham Street, Reading, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 7JFMax. vehicle height: 2mParking spaces: 590Available in this location: Spaces for disabled people, for motorbikes, elevator with glazed doorsAwards: Park Mark, ESPA Tariffs: 1 hour £1.00, 2...

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  • Reading's multi coloured buses

    Local bus travel in and around Reading is provided by Reading Buses (operated by Reading Borough Council and Reading Transport Limited)Groups of Routes (to each area) are colour coded, purple for the main line route 17, yellow and red for Southcote and Calcot etc.All the buses are modern vehicles with low floor easy accessiblity.Fares for single...

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Reading Shopping

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  • Best smelling candles in England

    Awwwwwwww THE PIER --- my absolute favourite store in all of the UK .... it's generally a home furnishings place that has exclusively stuff from aroudn the world ... and WHAT stuff oh boy ---- where's that credit card LOLThe Oracle CentreReadingRG1 2AQ Store Manager: BronaghTel: 0118 957 3432Opening hours...Monday: 9:30am - 8:00pm Tuesday: 9:30am -...

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  • Shop Shop Shop

    This Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Reading, with a wide array of shops to suit all needs, the Oracle is host to 90 top name shops, where you are almost sure to find exactly what you are looking for.At the Riverside of the Oracle you will find 19 stylish restaurants to suit all tastes, and then lastly for those in search of some...

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  • A little bit of Poland away from home

    This small and very friendly shop opened only at the end of January 2005. Its aim is to supply Reading's substantial Polish population - augmented since Poland's entry into the EU - with a source of authentic food from Poland. Non-Poles can have an introduction to Poland too, and learn a little Polish on the way, since the staff are as authentic as...

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Reading Local Customs

  • Smelly Alley

    The small and narrow pedestrianised street between Broad Street and Friar Street is called Smelly Alley although it's official name is Union Street. It is so called because of Frosts Fishmongers that hs been there for the past 40 years at least. The street also is home to the Graffiti shop mentioned by EdwinaDolly.

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  • One of Reading's Most Famous Buildings -...

    "In Reading Gaol by Reading TownThere is a pit of shame,And in it lies a wretched manEaten by teeth of flame,In burning winding-sheet he lies,And his grave has got no name."If it hadn't been for Oscar Wilde's imprisonment here, and his subsequent writing of "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" then I don't suppose that anyone would take any notice of the...

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  • The Maiwand Lion

    The Maiwand Lion is one of Reading's best known and loved local characters. The 31 foot, 16 ton, sculpture was built by a local sculptor, George Blackwell Simmonds (of Simond's brewing fame), and commemorates the men killed at the battle of Maiwand, in Afghanistan, in July 1880.The lion strides atop its plinth in the Forbury Gardens and features on...

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Reading Warnings and Dangers

  • The Fatal attack of the local...

    WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!A fact very few visitors of Reading & Berkshire & the UK in total are aware off, is ... that along the Rivers and in damp towns (pretty much ALL of the UK) ... there is a lethal threat looming.... The "Binge-Moskito" (Mosquitos-promillus-ex)This small insect has the nasty habit of attacking it's prey (unaware drinkers) when...

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  • Reading Borough Council.

    Some of the policies and remarks made by Reading's local authority have to be seen and heard to be believed. The British press are often accused of making things up to sell newspapers, but they could have a field day on RBC by telling the truth.Entertainer Chris Tarrant once made a few light-hearted derogatory remarks about Reading to a phone-in...

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  • What a 'welcome' to Reading!

    On February 24th and March 3rd, 2007, there was an abandoned, vandalised, 'gutted' Ford Fiesta car by the centre of the A3290/A4 roundabout as you go into the borough of Reading....THIS IS LITERALLY THE FIRST CLOSE-UP SIGHT OF A BUILT-UP AREA IN BRITAIN THAT AN OVERSEAS VISITOR ON THE RAILAIR COACH WILL SEE AFTER LEAVING HEATHROW AIRPORT!

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Reading Tourist Traps

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    by KennetRose Updated Oct 11, 2002

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    The ancient settlement of Reading was built on the River Kennet, not the Thames. The Thames washed its walls on the northern side until 1974, when Reading absorbed the previously separate town of Caversham, Oxfordshire, on the north bank. Even today, Caversham retains the feel of a quite different town, though the name Caversham carries more social cachet than Reading and is used to refer to places south of the Thames! The Thames itself is great for walking and watching boats and waterfowl. You can also look across to some of the lushest private houses in the UK!

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Reading What to Pack

  • Weather.

    Good selection in numerous town-centre, suburban and local shops if you forget anything. If you use 35mm film, I recommend 400-speed in December and January, when the sunrise is typically after 8am & sunsets typically before 4pm. The weblink below gives a guide to the climate in Reading. The figures are from Oxford (26 miles away).

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  • Packing List

    Keep to the minimum as there aren't many places to store your empty luggage. We just took holdalls and carrier bags. Comfy shoes, nothing slippery as when getting on and off the boat you could slip. I took hiking boots and trainers and borrowed Helens wellies. Plenty of jumpers and t-shirts and a pair of gloves for when mooring up. The ropes are a...

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Reading Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking along the river Thames

    You can walk the Thames path, from Reading to either side, and take a train back from Pangbourne, Goring or Henley. A few very nice villages are situated on the bank of the river: Sonning, Mapledurham, Pangbourne, Goring.Read "Three man in a boat" from Jerome K. Jerome to see that nothing much has changed over the last 130 years. The pub "The Swan"...

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  • Harris Shopping Arcade in Reading

    Harris Arcade in Reading's town centre is a welcome change to the huge and expensive shopping malls we all know.All the shops are owner occupied and offer expert advice and excellent value for money.The shops include excellent cafe's/sandwich bars... perfect for a coffee & chat, hair dresser, second hand books, collectables, canvas and photo...

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  • I Found The Sewage Works Instead Of A...

    Because of Reading's river and canalside location there are plenty plenty of ways to get out and about either by walking or cycling and by all accounts plenty of pubs along the ways. Perhaps this should be a "Warning or Danger" tip in that if you take the path along the canal to the east of the town you can have a canalside walk or cycle but...

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Reading Sports & Outdoors

  • Playing the best golf courses in...

    Calcot Park does not follow the modern trend of opening with a gentle par five. The first hole is a testing par four of well over four hundred yards that demands two well-struck shots to negotiate the tree-lined fairway.The second, at first sight, provides a measure of light relief but a well-guarded two-tiered green is receptive to only the most...

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  • Reading Football Club

    Reading play professional football in the First Division of the Nationwide Football League.They were established in 1871 and play their home games at the Madejski Stadium. The kit that they play in is blue and white hooped shirts, blue shorts and white socks. My memories of going to Reading to watch football are a bit blurred as I was quite...

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  • Fishing

    I know very little about fishing, but I do know that when I walk to and from work along the Kennet towpath, there are often lots of guys fishing, and I've never seen so many fish actually being pulled out of the water. So I guess that means the fishing is good :)

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Reading Favorites

  • : Salisbury

    Salisbury is the administrative centre of Wiltshire, in Southern England. It is a market town with varied industries, amongst which are the famous Wilton Carpet factories. Salisbury was founded in 1220, when the bishopric was moved here from Old Sarum. The great Cathedral, a splendid example of Early English architecture with the highest spire in...

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  • Windsor

    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...

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  • Didcot

    >Didcot is rather a non-descript town. The building of the Great Western Railway from London to the West Country sparked its growth in the 19th century. After 160 years since the passing of the Act authorising construction of the line, Didcot is still an important railway junction for North-South and East-West traffic, with connections to...

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