Apart from the castle, there are plenty of other landmarks that attract visitors to this region. The most popular amongst kids (and some adults) is Legoland. There are also festivals, carnivals and events all year round. The Reading Festival, the UK's oldest rock music festival, is undoubtedly the most popular event of the year. The annual Pancake Race in February is also very popular. This event has been running for over 20 years and sees relay teams race to the finish line, while flipping pancakes in a frying pan.
While you're here, make sure you visit Forbury Gardens and Reading Abbey Ruins, where King Henry I is buried. The Oscar Wilde Memorial Gates, adjacent to Reading Gaol, where he spent two years of his life, are also worth seeing. To learn more about the region's history, you can go on a Heritage Walk in Reading, the Thames Park National Trail or the Ridgeway National Trail. You can also visit the Museum of Reading, which has interactive displays for kids, the Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock or the Museum of Berkshire Aviation.
Pack a picnic lunch and head to Beale Park. There are rare birds, a pets' corner, a mini railway and a playground here. Alternatively, you can grab a pie or sit down for a good old fashioned English pub meal. If you're in the mood to shop, Reading is one of the UK's best shopping destinations. It offers high fashion stores, boutique gift shops and high-end jewellers at the Oracle Mall, Broad Street Mall and Harris Arcade.
Heathrow Airport is about 45 minutes away from Reading, Windsor and Berkshire. The area has one of the UK's best public transport systems, so it's easy to get around the region by train, bus, car, bicycle, or on foot. Book one of our cheap flights to London, as well as our Reading, Windsor and Berkshire accommodation, and get ready to explore the beautiful countryside of this historic region.
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