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About Reading

Between the River Kennet and the River Thames you'll find the Berkshire county town of Reading. This historic destination boasts a wide array of both archaeological and geographical features. From its medieval abbey ruins to the lovely surrounding Thames Valley, Reading offers diversions for a wide array of visitors. On record since the 8th century, this town was an important centre for both trade and the church during the Middle Ages, while today it is perhaps best known for being home to the University of Reading as well as the Reading Festival, a major annual music festival. The town centre is quite walkable, making it easy to visit local museums and parks, go shopping, and pop by a local pub or two, all on foot. Reading is served by two main transport lines: the M4 motorway and the Great Western Main Line railway, making it quite accessible by either train or private car. To book a hotel in Reading, head over to eDreams' powerful search engine and find your ideal accommodation according to your dates, required amount of space, and how many travellers will be in your party.

What to see in Reading

Consider booking a hotel in Reading near the town's centre, and you'll be able to quickly get to many main attractions. To start, pay a visit to the lovely Forbury Gardens, which have been restored to their Victorian form. Adjoining the Forbury Gardens are the 12th century ruins of the Reading Abbey, which was once erected to house members of the Cluniac Order. However, the abbey was later destroyed after the dissolution of the monasteries. To learn more about the town's history, stop by the Museum of Reading. Housed in Reading's Victorian town hall, the museum offers exhibits that cover the surrounding area's Roman history, medieval Reading's history, and the building of local railroads, among other themes. At the end of August for a three-day period every year, the town hosts the Reading Festival, the oldest rock and pop music festival in the world. If you are indeed heading to Reading to attend the music festival, be sure to get tickets in advance as the event always sells out. On that note, it's also a good idea to reserve your Reading accommodation well in advance if you'll be headed to town around the same time as the festival.

Where to stay in Reading

Reading is also the Thames Valley's retail centre, so if you're looking to shop, be sure to book a hotel near the Oracle, the main indoor shopping destination in town. History-lovers, of course, will want to find accommodation near the Forbury Gardens and Reading Abbey ruins. Holiday makers looking for cheap hotels should search around the Reading train station and Friar Street. The former is not only known for affordable hotels but also makes it easy to get in and out of town if you are travelling by train. Friar Street, meanwhile, is quite convenient not just for its numerous hotels but for its plentiful cafes and restaurants. True archaeology buffs might want to look at hotels closer to the town of Silchester, which is just eight miles from Reading and home to a Roman archaeological site which includes the former city walls and amphitheatre. Finally, as you search for available hotels in Reading, be on the lookout for available hotel offers. You may end up in a luxurious hotel at a discounted price, particular if you are booking well in advance of your journey.