2016 - a year of culture in Reading

Throughout 2016, Reading will be celebrating the vibrant arts, culture and heritage scene in the town as well as inviting new shows and talent to the town. Find out more


Famous as one of the UK’s top ten retail destinations the heart of Reading offers much more than superb shopping (although that is a serious plus point).


For instance, The Forbury Gardens, a nationally acclaimed Victorian formal garden, is the town’s floral heart, leading you beautifully to the ruins of Reading Abbey, ancient monument and burial place of a King of England.

Wander through the ruins to the Kennet and Avon Canal, strolling past Reading Gaol and the Oscar Wilde gates. There is so much to intrigue and inspire, you’ll want to walk the canal, past the sites of Reading’s industrial past. Find yourself at Blake’s Lock, in the shadow of luxury apartments. Explore the Riverside Museum and relax on a barge moored outside a restaurant that started life as a Victorian pumping station.

If the weather is fine it's time to try messing about on the river - walk, cruise and explore the Thames, just 10 minutes walk from the town centre.   

Our visitors are coming here to work, to study, to visit friends, to relax in tFest Girl dancing.jpghe beautiful Berkshire countryside or, ultimately, to live. In fact, over the last decade, Reading has consistently appeared in the top twenty list of UK destinations on the Inbound Passenger Survey (source Office for National Statistics).

Reading UK CIC works in partnership with our hotels and guest houses, retailers, transport operators and local agencies to deliver a quality experience for every type of visitor.

Come and discover the real Reading for yourself. You'll be amazed at the changes that have been taking place and the quality of life we enjoy - from National Trails to some of the best shopping and dining experiences in the UK - we think you'll love what we have to offer.


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