Reading Visitor information
An Introduction to Reading
Modern Reading is a university town that hosts the Reading Festival and is full of character, from the many shops to the beautiful Forbury Gardens and the surrounding Thames Valley countryside proving that it is not just a commuter town.
Things to do in Reading
Reading is home to the Museum of English Rural Life and the Museum of Reading which contains information on the area in previous centuries such as Silchister a Roman town, which can still be visited today. In the surrounding area is Wellington National Park, Basildon Park and the UK Wolf Centre which has open days and helps raise awareness for these creatures. Since 1971 Reading has hosted one of the biggest music festivals in England, the Reading Festival.
How to get to Reading
Reading is well served by London's collection of airports, the most convenient ones are Heathrow Airport, about 40 minutes down the M4 (eastbound) motorway, Luton Airport is about 50 minutes away via the M1 (southbound), M25 (westbound) and M4 (westbound) motorways.
Reading is served by inter-city and regional train services from many different directions, including through services from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London - a 30 minute journey, Manchester, Oxford, Plymouth, Exeter, Cornwall, Portsmouth, Southampton, Swanesa, Winchester and York as well as the airports above.
By Coach and Bus
National Express serve Reading with express coach services from around the country; advanced ticketing is necessary. Reading Buses are the main bus operator in the area.
The M4 motorway which runs from London to Bristol and South Wales. It is about an hour's drive from central London. The best junction to use for central Reading is Junction 11.