Things To Do In Reading
It's well dressed.
Reading has a great selection of shops with big high street names, designer boutiques and vintage stores.
Reading is a melting pot of cultures, one of the many benefits is the fantastic range of cuisines and restaurants.
Whether you like club tunes, ska, live music or comedy, the city is packed with great venues and clubs.
Just a short dash down the M4 from London, and not far from the M5, Reading is easy to reach by car.
Reading isn't complicated, the only public transport in the city are buses. There are fast trains into London and beyond.
Within the city centre itself you can ditch the Ubers as the centre is quite compact and everything easy to reach on foot.
While it might not have the big-name cache of London or Madchester, Reading has a really good live music scene. If you're looking for some tasty things to do in Reading at night there are cocktail bars to be explored if you enjoy the occasional tipple. Foodies can feast on a great fusion of different cuisines with every taste catered for. If you're keeping the party going until late there are some big clubs with top beats and guest DJs.
To Do List
Still in need of ideas for things to do in Reading? That's no problem, here's a few Reading activities and things to see in the town.
- Multi-Activity Day - Get your game faces on and prepare for battle with a selection of awesome challenges and games. LINK
- Reading Festival - How much does Reading like music? Well, it's home to one of the UK's top three music festivals.
- Eat Cake - And not just cake, as well as a delicious Afternoon Tea you can add cocktails for a fabulous Tipsy Tea. LINK
- Forbury Gardens - Close to Reading Abbey, this public park with its bandstand, gardens and monuments is a nice place to relax and slow down.
- Biology Museum - A fascinating collection of animal skeletons and over 3,500 artefacts from around the globe.
- Silchester - One for the history buffs, the ancient Roman city at Silchester is one of the UK's most complete Roman sites.
- Kennet Canal - Take a relaxing stroll along the leafy lanes that run beside the Kennet and Avon Canal with its nature and barges.
- Wellington Country Park - Seven miles south of Reading, 350 acres of parkland are home to deer, hawks and more.
- Retail Therapy - Reading is a great place for shoppers. As well as the Oracle Mall there are retail parks and vintage stores.
- It's A-list. Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet, Kenneth Branagh, Natalie Dormer, Kate Middleton and Nicholas Holt all come from reading.
- Oscar Wilde was put in Reading Gaol (jail) for homosexuality in 1897.
- None other than the Dalai Lama was a regular visitor to Reading due to ties with one of the town's restaurants.
Town Centre - Where you'll find the biggest and best bars and clubs as well as the majority of shops and hotels.
Caversham - One of the wealthiest areas of Reading, there are some smarter restaurants and bars on offer.
Tilehurst - To the west of the town centre, this arty suburb has an energetic feel and good selection of cafes and eateries.
Calcot - Two shopping complexes, a golf course and close to awesome outdoor activity sites, Calcot gives quick access to some of the best Reading activities.