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A Weekend in Reading

Many people know Reading for the famous music festival held there every August, but there’s a lot more to Berkshire’s biggest town than one annual event. A historic hotspot, a multi-cultural hub, and a university town, with plenty of activities, days out, and destinations to choose from when you’re spending a weekend in Reading.

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Where to stay in Reading

Whatever your budget and whatever your itinerary, we’ve got the perfect hotel for you. Travelling by train? There are a host of ibis hotels near Reading train station to choose from? is right in the heart of the town and just a three-minute walk from the station

ibis Reading Centre Hotel is right in the heart of the town and just a three-minute walk from the station, while our ibis Styles is just six minutes away. Chic rooms, great prices and an amazing location, what more could you ask for?

Reading by day

Reading dates right back to the 8th century, so there’s plenty of history to explore. If you’re not sure where to start, make a beeline for the Abbey Quarter where you’ll find the ruins of the 12th century Reading Abbey, built under orders of Henry VI.
Reading Museum is also in the Abbey Quarter and is home to a Victorian replica of the Bayeaux Tapestry. And, if you want to get out and enjoy some sunshine, you’ll find the beautiful Forbury Gardens close by.
Not much of a history buff? Not to worry, there’s lots more on offer. Find your adventurous spirit and take a trek to View Island, a four-acre wildlife haven (that just so happens to be only five minutes from Reading station), or scale new heights at Reading Climbing Centre.
You can indulge in some retail therapy at The Oracle shopping centre or explore the town’s many creative independent shops. And of course, head to Madejski Stadium and catch a Reading FC match if you can!

Reading by night

When you’ve explored and shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, it’s time to enjoy Reading’s nightlife. If you want to catch some evening entertainment, Reading has a multitude of venues to choose from.

Head to The Hexagon for everything from the biggest names in pop, headlining comedians, musicals, and classical performances. The Concert Hall is another great place to catch both comedy and classical music, and South Street is the place to go if you like to find the next big thing before they’ve been discovered.<o:p></o:p>

Head to Purple Turtle or Milk to see some live music then treat yourself to a cocktail at the chic Matchbox cocktail bar or grab a pint of locally brewed craft beer at Zerodegrees.

Sweeney & Todd is a Reading institution serving up the most delicious, award-winning pies or, if you want to go upmarket, book a table at L’Ortolan, Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant.

With so much to do in Reading, you’ll be booking a return trip before you know it.

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