Although not accessible because of the risk of collapse, the remains of the historic Reading Abbey are really quite impressive from the outside. The Abbey was founded by King Henry the First, and he was laid to rest within the Abbey grounds. The nearby Forbury Gardens are really pretty and a lovely place to relax and rest up for a while. To learn more about Reading's long history, pay a visit to the interesting Museum of Reading. Enjoy traditional pubs and modern bars, as well as some great shopping areas.
A particularly interesting nearby attraction is the fascinating, and often peacefully deserted, ruined complex of the Roman town of Silchester. See the original foundations of the protective city walls, imagine days of gladiatorial battles in the amphitheatre, and feel the serene atmosphere at the charming medieval church. Other nearby places of interest include Mapledurham House and Basildon Park.
The town is easy enough to explore by foot, and numerous walking routes offer suggestions to make the most of your time in Reading. You can also enjoy a relaxing river boat trip and see the town from a different perspective. If you are planning to be in town at the end of August try and get tickets for the hugely popular and fun-filled Reading festival; one of the main music festivals in Europe, Reading festival draws crowds from far and wide, year after year. Other smaller festivals include Reading Pride, and a jazz festival. Book your flights to London and your Reading accommodation with us for the very best deals.
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