Things to do in Reading

One of the largest towns in the UK, Reading has it all – history, culture, Michelin-star restaurants, modern-day shopping centres and more bars, pubs and clubs than you could shake a cocktail stick at. And, thanks to its compact town centre, it’s all easy to find from one our our three hotels in Reading. Maybe best known for its three-day music festival, there’s another side to Reading worth exploring that includes some amazing live music venues, an incredible eight-sided theatre, sprawling town parks and some brilliant sports arenas.


A town full of history at every turn including the abbey ruins, Reading is also blessed with some seriously good parks, perfect for family days out.


A state of the art shopping centre with over 90 stores, 20 cafés and an 11-screen cinema, make sure The Oracle is on your shopping to-do list!


From water parks to river cruises, paintball to clay pigeon shooting and trampolining centres to wildlife parks, you’ll never be bored in Reading.

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Places to eat

From laid-back food festivals to Michelin-star restaurants and cool cafés to romantic French bistros, we’ll help you find the right restaurants in Reading for your tastes and budget.


Whether it’s historic pubs, concept bars or hedonistic nightclubs you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. And most are just a short stroll – or stumble – from our Reading Central hotel.


Like any British town, Reading takes its pubs very seriously indeed. With everything from historic drinking dens to brand new pubs boasting their own microbreweries, we’ll help find the right pub – and beer garden – for you in Reading.

Reading Festival

A world-renowned music festival, Reading is a three-day riot of rock, indie and alternative music that attracts nearly 100,000 music fans each year. There’s plenty of onsite camping, but the smart ones stay with us.


If the food, music and beer festivals don’t do it for you, then the museums in Reading – spanning Greek archaeology, zoology, flying and Reading itself – should do the trick. Plus, there are several impressive art galleries as well!

Madejski Stadium

Home to Reading Football Club, the Madejski Stadium was built in 1998 at a cost of £50 million, and can seat nearly 25,000 fans, making it one of the best modern stadiums in the country.


From theatres for thousands to intimate auditoriums and some amazing underground live music spaces – not to mention several outstanding sports grounds – Reading’s entertainment scene is alive and kicking!

Wellington Country Park

Loved by families and kids across the region, Wellington Country Park offers the perfect day out spanning nature trails, an animal farm, water play, zip wires, a miniature railway and loads more.

Getting around

With London Heathrow only 30 minutes away, getting in and out of Reading couldn’t be easier. The town is also home to a bustling 15-platform train station, making travel around the region simple.

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