Reading, England
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About Reading, England

  • Population: 145,000
  • Distance from London: 38 miles
  • Distance from Paris: 230 miles
Reading Town Centre with its array of restaurants and shops. Did you know that Jane Austen attended school in Reading?

Reading Town Centre with its array of restaurants and ...

Reading is a historic town situated on the River Thames near both Oxford and London (25 minutes by train). It is a thriving center of commerce and technology and has one of the best shopping and entertainment centers, The Oracle, in southern England. Remains of what was once one of Europe’s larger and richer abbey complexes still stand, and the Reading Museum is a treasure trove for local history, including Roman antiquities from the nearby major Roman city of Silchester. Reading is the burial place of King Henry I and the hometown of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

It was not until the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal that women were allowed to participate in Olympic rowing. Participate on the university’s rowing team for a great source of exercise and fun!

It was not until the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal ...

You can find top class entertainment in Reading, including everything from comedy to fringe theatre. The annual Comedy Festival each October attracts established and up-and-coming comedians from all over the world. Numerous venues offer a wide range of live music, where top musicians of all genres regularly perform. Reading is also home to one of the world’s major music festivals, with some of the biggest names in contemporary music playing over the three days. The city center is a great place to relax with loads of cafés, restaurants, galleries, and entertainment. A Championship Division football (soccer) club, Reading FC, and the London Irish Rugby squad both call Reading home.

Reading is also a superb hub for exploring, with excellent transportation links to places throughout the UK. Within easy reach are some of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, quintessential English villages such as Henley, stately homes such Basildon Park (set for the 2005 Oscar-nominated film Pride and Prejudice), medieval cathedral towns (Salisbury and Winchester), and major UK tourist destinations such as Oxford, Windsor, and Stonehenge. Most trains heading north and west stop in Reading. The UK’s two major airports are also nearby.