In Reading you’ll find all you need in a town, with interesting museums, entertainment venues and leisure facilities. An evening out in the town might include a visit to the Concert Hall in the Town Hall, The Hexagon or South Street Arts Centre, where you can enjoy performances such as jazz, classical, pop and rock, along with comedy and other events, or you could visit Vue Cinema to see a film. The town has lots of restaurants with different types of food to suit varying tastes and you’ll find an assortment of pubs and bars for a lively night.
If you’re shopping, the town provides a good choice of shops and includes The Oracle Shopping Centre and Broad Street Mall where you’ll find a large amount of stores for all your shopping needs. For business, there are plenty of venues for conferences, such as the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre and Wokefield Park, and for international air travel, the closest airport is Heathrow Airport.
Reading Car Hire
Wherever you are in Reading, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Reading car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
While you’re in Reading you could visit some of these places:
This would make an interesting visit where visitors can see exhibits relating to history of the area, along with international artefacts. Collections include ancient Greek pottery, Iron Age coins, weaponry from the Bronze Age, a horse drawn caravan from the early 20th century and a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry which was made in Victorian times.
Close to Reading is this Grade I listed 18th century country house, and some of the features you can see include the Neo-Classical interior, the 1700’s kitchen, the Octagon Room with its rich red decor, kitchen and laundry in 1950’s style, fine art and intricate plasterwork. You can stroll along the parkland’s nature walks, see the colourful gardens, and have a picnic in the peaceful location.
Cole Museum of Zoology
Situated at the University of Reading, this Museum houses thousands of diverse specimens including a python, cobra, intact elephant skeletons, a false killer whale, sea sponges, dinosaur egg and large collection of primates, and visitors can learn all about the animal world, from prehistoric times to present day.
Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
This is another interesting Museum also located at Reading University, which houses large collections of ancient Greek artefacts. You can see many Greek ceramics with their fascinating mythical scenes, and there are also ancient Egyptian exhibits such as a funerary boat and jewellery.
Rivermead Leisure Complex
This Leisure Complex provides a large variety of facilities and activities which include a well equipped gym, classes and sessions such as yoga and dance, leisure pool, sports courts and hall for bowls.
Wellington Country Park
Not far from Reading you can find this lovely Country Park which has lots of activities such as adventure play areas with a zip wire, a farm with animals including goats, donkeys, alpacas and ponies, mini golf and miniature train rides through the woods. There are also nature trails on which you can spot the wildlife such as fallow and red deer and bird species including swans, geese and kingfishers and enjoy the woodlands, meadow areas and lake.
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