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Reading is packed full of things to do for visitors of all ages
and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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More and more people are visiting Reading to discover this
surprising city for themselves. Trains to Reading are available
from across Britain, and you can get cheap train tickets to Reading
by booking in advance online.
Fast becoming one of the country's most desirable cities,
Reading is a dynamic, vibrant and fun place to be.
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Whether you want to indulge in a spot of retail
therapy or marvel at the changes between the old and new parts of
the town, you'll find what you're looking for in Reading. As a
helping hand, we've put together five attractions that the town has
Situated in the very heart of Reading, Forbury Gardens is a
beautiful park that was recently restored to its former glory of
the Victorian era. Within the park there's a bandstand, a fountain
and Victorian style flower beds, as well as a kiosk serving
refreshments. It's an ideal place to unwind at lunch time or in the
evenings as the sun goes down - in fact, it's a great place for a
relaxing break any time of the day. Originally part of the grounds
of Reading Abbey, the Gardens are steeped in history and can
transport you back to Victorian times just as well as any
Located near Forbury Gardens in the town centre, the medieval
Abbey ruins give a good idea of the impressiveness of the Abbey
that once stood on this site. Founded by Henry I, whose ashes were
scattered in the grounds, Reading Abbey is a historic and romantic
place to enjoy a leisurely stroll. See if you can find the plaque
which apparently contains the oldest song ever written. To get to
the Abbey, go to Forbury Gardens and take the passageway to the
right of the main entrance.
Just a short walk from Reading's main train station, this
exciting retail centre offers all the shops you could want plus
trendy eateries including 'Jamie's Italian', a chain run by famous
chef Jamie Oliver. And that's not all - as well as the three malls,
there is also a Vue cinema where you can catch the latest films for
all the family. This fashion, food and entertainment hub is the
perfect place to go when visiting Reading.
If you're looking for something to keep the whole family amused,
then this is it. Set in 350 acres of Parkland, Wellington Country
Park has safe play areas, beautiful nature trails and lakeside
walks - plus dogs are welcome. If you fancy a snack, there are
barbecue and picnic areas as well as a lakeside cafe. Then it's
time to go crazy with the crazy golf, play in the sandpits, explore
the miniature railway and get a souvenir in the gift shop. Although
situated a little outside the town, the 10 minute journey is well
worth making for this great attraction.
Located in the centre of the town, the Reading Museum boasts 11
galleries as well as an exciting programme of exhibitions for
people of all ages. The family-friendly galleries are accessible to
all and kids are catered for with special trails, worksheets,
picture bingo and handling bags. Admission to the museum is free
and it can be easily accessed by bus or on foot from Reading train
station. The museum's second site - the Riverside Museum at Blake's
Lock - is also free. There you can discover the story of Reading's
two rivers, the Kennet and the Thames, within the historic setting
of two former industrial buildings.
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