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Things to do in Reading

Large, lively, historic town, situated at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and surrounded by beautiful Berkshire countryside


Reading has much to offer - from its first class shopping facilities, to beautiful riverside scenery and parkland, to historic National Trust properties, to magical children's playparks and farms. Reading has a fascinating history so The Museum of Reading is a must if you wish to understand more about the life of this town. You'll also definitely want to explore the beautiful Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins - At night Reading comes alive with an eclectic mix of live music, pubs, theatre, arts centres, open air cafes, nightclubs, casinos and more. Reading is also ideally located to explore more of the surrounding area with Windsor and Oxford just short drives away.

Known for...   Oracle Centre, Ricky Gervais, Reading Abbey, Reading Festival, University of Reading, River Thames and River Kennet, Reading FC, Forbury Gardens and The Maiwand Lion


Did you know...

  • King Henry I is buried at Reading Abbey. Perhaps not surprising given he founded it in 1121. He died in France, and his embalmed body had to be returned wrapped in hide to delay decay.
  • Jane Austen attended what became the town’s Abbey School. It was actually then called Reading Ladies’ Boarding School, and was located within the precincts of the Abbey.
  • Reading is one of the largest urban areas in the UK that does not have city status. The borough council has bid for city status on several occasions, but these bids have been unsuccessful.



 

  Attractions

Salter's Steamers Reading To Henley Service

Try one of the most popular services passing through many scenic riverside villages between Reading and Henley.
Departs Caversham bridge
Reading
RG1 8AZ

01189572388

Recommended by Helen Ball, Maidenhead
“Great fun for a day out to Henley down the river”

 

Kennet And Avon Canal Reading FREE

The Kennet and Avon Canal is renowned for its picturesque beauty and historic canal engineering.
The Oracle Riverside carpark
Reading
RG1 2AG

Recommended by Paula Booth, Reading
“This is a great walking route right through the heart of Reading town centre”

 

TeamSport Reading

Exciting new three level go-karting circuit over 900 metres long, with long straights and wide bends for extra thrills and spills.
Reading Approach
Cradock Road
Reading
RG2 0JT

 

Reading Abbey FREE

Historic Abbey.
Blagrave Street
Reading
RG1 1QH

01189373400‎

Recommended by Petra Adams, Slough
“Nice quiet place to walk and sit for a while, just the ruins of the old abbey to keep you company”

 

Arty Giraffe

Fun, paint your own pottery studio/cafe.
850 Oxford Road
Reading
RG30 1EL

01189418683

 

Beale Park Wildlife Park And Gardens

A lovely family day out.
Beale Park
Lower Basildon
RG8 9NH

08448261761

Recommended by Hazel Rigazio, Liverpool
“We loved the narrow-gauge railway which took us around the beautiful park where we spotted lots of birds even some rare ones.We played about in the beautiful and clean paddling pool,the children all played in the play area and really enjoyed their visit to Beale park.”

 

Basildon House

Spectacular house and landscaped gardens. National Trust Property.
Lower Basildon
Reading
RG8 9NR

01189843040

 

Caversham Skate Park FREE

Caversham Skate Park is situated just over Reading Bridge.
Reading
RG4 6AA

 

Mapledurham House

Away from the distractions of town, business or busy hotels, Mapledurham is an oasis of peace, natural beauty and history.
Mapledurham Drive
The Estate Office
Mapledurham
RG4 7TR

01189723350

Recommended by Richard Smith, Windsor
“Lovely old buildings and grounds to explore, I particularly liked the watermill which is still in working order”

 

Amners Farm Lambing Days & Minature Railway

An unusual attraction situated at Amners Farm is the miniature railway, known as the Amnerfield Miniature Railway.
Amners Farm Road, Burghfield
Reading
Berkshire
RG30 3UE

01189833437

Recommended by Stuart and Gill White, Oxford
“Great fun for children and adults too, the lambing days are well worth a visit and you can take a ride on the mini-train while you're there”

 

Basildon Park

National Trust - Beautiful Palladian mansion.
Berkshire
RG8 9NR

 

Reading Marine And Canal Boat Hire

Hire your own narrow boat.
Scours Lane
Reading
RG30 6AY

01189423877

 
 

  Children's Activities

Family Days Out

Great ideas for all the family to enjoy.
Reading
RG1 1QH

 

Winterberry Way Play Area FREE

Children's park.
Winterberry Way
Caversham Heights
Reading
RG4 7XD

 

Krazy Playdays

Family play and party centre.
Unit 7, Sterling Way
Norcot Industrial Estate
Reading
RG30 6HW

 
 

  Museums

Ure Museum Of Greek Archaeology FREE

The Ure Museum houses one of the largest collections of Greek ceramics in Britain.
Department of Classics
University of Reading
Whiteknights, Reading
RG6 6AA

Recommended by Penny Davis, Wokingham
“Good museum for school visits on Greek history and archaeology, and a tour of the University”

 

Museum Of English Rural Life FREE

A look at rural life in England with many displays and exhibitions.
6 Redlands Road
Reading
RG1 5EX

01183788660

 

Reading Museum FREE

Fascinating look at the history of Reading.
Blagrave Street
Reading
RG1 1QH

01189373400

 

Reading Family History Centre FREE

The Reading Family History Centre has a number of commonly used films on permanent loan, & can be viewed free of charge by patrons.
280 The Meadway
Tilehurst
Reading, Berks.
RG30 4PE

Recommended by Bev, Reading
“Friendly, helpful and free genealogy (Family History) research ”

 

Cole Museum Of Zoology FREE

Fascinating look at the animal kingdom.
Whiteknights Campus
University of Reading
RG6 6UR

01183787083

Recommended by Tony Jardine, Reading

 
 

  Parks

Eldon Square King George V Memorial Gardens FREE

The statue in the gardens is of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, who was the 1st Marquess of Reading and a Viceroy of India.
Reading
RG1 4DP

 

River Kennet Walks FREE

The Kennet and Avon Canal passes through 87 miles of spectacular scenery between the River Avon in Bristol and the River Thames.
Kennet Walk
Reading
RG1 3GD

Recommended by Kevin Fraser, Reading

 

Kings Meadow And The Coal Woodland FREE

Kings Meadow is a large open space with a pleasant walk along the towpath to Reading Bridge. A popular picnic site.
Napier Road
Reading
RG1 8DF

Recommended by Kath Hughes, Caversham

 

Forbury Gardens FREE

Forbury Gardens is a large public park in the centre of Reading, a great place to stroll or take your lunch break in the summer.
Reading
RG1 3EH

Recommended by Kevin Foster, Maidenhead
“Peaceful oasis in the centre of town, great for a lunchtime stroll or a picnic in the park”

 

Caversham Court FREE

A charming walled garden with terraced lawns leading down to the river Thames.
Church Road
Caversham
RG4 7AD

 

Balmore Walk FREE

This scenic walk has great views over Reading from this steep grass bank near Caversham.
Peppard Road
Caversham
RG4 8BY

 

Blundells Copse FREE

This 13 acres of close growing ancient woodland has a stream running through making it an oasis of natural green and calm.
Tilehurst
RG30 4SR

 

Prospect Park FREE

Prospect Park is Reading's largest Park and offers a variety of sporting opportunities.
Reading
RG30 4EG

Recommended by Chris Hodges, Reading

 

Bugs Bottom (Hemdean Bottom) FREE

Hemdean Bottom (locally called Bugs Bottom ) was fields until the 1990's. Wildlife Heritage Site. Chalk grasslands.
Gravel Hill
Emmer Green
Reading
RG4 7XE

 

Southcote Linear Park FREE

An attractive park, peaceful and tranquil, Southcote Linear Park is green and lush and lies along the north band of Holy Brook.
Brunel Road
Reading
RG30 3JH

 

Arthur Newbery Park FREE

A natural open hilly space with conservation grassland cut as summer meadow. The park is well hidden behind gardens & allotments.
Amour Hill
Tilehurst
Reading
RG31 6JP

 

Moor Copse FREE

A diverse woodland wildlife treasure astride the River Pang.
5 miles west of Reading
Berkshire
RG8 8EY

 
 

  Galleries

The Jelly Leg'D Chicken Arts Centre

Quirky arts centre.
Blagrave Street
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 1QB

 
 

  Bowling

Reading Bowl

Ten pin bowling centre.
Pincents Lane
Reading
RG31 4UQ

01189304296

 
 

  Cinema

Vue Cinema Reading

Modern multi-screen cinema complex.
The Oracle Centre
Off Mill Lane North
RG1 2AG

03453084620

 
 

  Live Music

The Hexagon

Exciting programme of events including Rock, Pop, Comedy, Drama,.
The Hexagon
Queens Walk
RG1 7UA

01189606060

 

Rivermead Centre

Popular live music venue. Full listings available.
Reading
RG1 8EQ

 

After Dark Club

Popular nightclub venue.
112 London Street
Reading
RG1 4SJ

01189576847

 
 

  Comedy

Highlight Reading

Popular comedy club.
110-117 Friar Street
Reading
RG1 1EP

01189595395

 

The Comedy Basement

City centre comedy club.
Lower Level Floor
8 Queen Victoria Street
Reading
RG1 7BL

01189500950

 
 

  Golf

Calcot Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Bath Road
Calcot
Reading
Berkshire
RG31 7RN

 

Reading Golf Club

Golf Club.
Kidmore End Road
Emmer Green
Reading
Berkshire
RG4 8SG

 

Huntercombe Golf Club

Golf Club.
Nuffield
Henley-on-Thames
Oxon
Oxfordshire
RG6 5SL

 
 

  Leisure centres

Nature's Own

Nature's Own offer a wide range of Vitamin and Mineral supplements delivered directly to your door.
Reading
RG1 1QH

 

Central Swimming Pool

Central Swimming Pool is Reading's main swimming complex. It offers four separate pools, which includes a 3 board diving pit.
Battle Street
Reading
RG1 7NU

 

Advance Gym

City centre gym.
106 Friar Street
Reading
RG1 1EP

01189574946

 

David Lloyd

Gym, health and fitness club.
1 Thames Valley Park Drive
Reading
RG6 1PT

01189662904

 
 

  Water sports

Reading Rowing Club

Reading Rowing Club welcomes adults of any age and juniors over the age of 11. We accept new members all year round.
The Boathouse, Thames Promenade
Richfield Avenue
Reading
RG1 8DR

 

Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake

The lake and its boathouse are specifically designed for training use.
Caversham
RG4 9RA

 

Adventure Dolphin

Outdoor Activities Centre.
Dolphin House
Whitchurch Road
RG8 7DA

01189843162

 

Lagoona Park

Premier jet-ski centre.
Pingewood Road South
Reading
RG30 3UH

01189885959

 
 

  Walks

Cycle Routes FREE

Cycle routes in and around Reading.
Reading
RG1 1QH

 
 

  Karting

Teamworks Karting Reading

State of the art indoor karting centre.
8 Bridgewater Close
Reading
RG30 1JT

 

Premier Karting

Indoor karting centre.
Hawkehurst Stadium
Headley Road East
RG5 4SZ

01189448446

 
 

  Sport

Palmer Park Stadium

Palmer Park Sports Stadium is one of the finest outdoor sports centres in the region.
Wokingham Road
Reading
RG6 1LF

Recommended by Finley Harris, Wokingham

 

Skiplex Endless Indoor Ski Slope

Our fully adjustable slopes replicate a real piste. They are perfect place to learn, train and gain no matter what your age.
Unit 3a, Headley Park 10
Headley Road East
Woodley, Reading
RG5 4SW

Recommended by Peter Kowalski, Bracknell
“Good way to learn to ski before heading off to the real snow”

 
 

  Paintball

Delta Force

Outdoor paintball centre.
Mapledurham Estate
Reading
RG4 7TR

08444775119

 
 

  Riding

Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre

Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre is a family run riding centre set in 180 acres of land in Shinfield. We are a 'BHS Approved Centre'.
Hyde End Road
Shinfield
Berkshire
RG2 9EP

 
 

  Climbing

Reading Climbing Centre

The South's premier climbing centre.
Britten Road
Reading
RG2 0UA

01189756298

 

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