Based in Berkshire in the South of England, Reading is a town that draws an eclectic range of people to the town centre and outskirts through a range of historical monuments, excellent shopping opportunities and cultural events. The town centre is pleasingly historic, with evidence of its medieval and Tudor past framing the majority of the city. This is balanced in reasonably recent renovations that have brought the town to the forefront of the Southern England shopping and eating culture.
The roads within the town and surrounding area are of a high quality though can, at times, become narrow and twisting, especially in the surrounding rural areas. A hatchback will handle these roads comfortably and easily.
Driving in Reading
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Important things to note
There are three car parks based in the town centre (Oracle Riverside, Oracle Holy Brooks and Broad Street Mall), all three of which are a pay-as-you-leave service and reasonably priced.
Rush hour traffic can occur especially on the surrounding, busier roads leading to and from London. The rush hour traffic typically occurs between 7-9am and 4.30-7pm, meaning travel is best avoided during these hours.
London is approximately a one hour drive from the town centre, ideal for anyone looking to explore Southern England.
Highlights & Hotspots
Perhaps the most popular reason to visit Reading is the Reading Festival, a rock and alternative music festival that sees its twin based in the Northern city of Leeds. Massive international artists play throughout the week while some smaller and local artists are also given a chance to showcase their skills to the 90,000 music fans staying for the weekend.
Reading Abbey Ruins and Forbury Gardens are a stunning location to visit and are surprisingly based in the central area. Ideal for those looking to escape from the city atmosphere of nearby London, the views are stunning while the grounds are particularly enjoyable during the summer months.
The Museum of Reading reveals the deep and rich history of the town dating from the Roman era to more modern times. Particularly fascinating are the artefacts from the medieval period that continues to show its influence in the town today.
An ideal day out for people of all ages is the Silchester Roman Town based in the surrounding area of Reading, eight miles from the centre. Abandoned after the Roman era, there are multiple remains to explore in relative isolation, making it an incredibly peaceful and insightful trip for all the family.
Reading is served mainly by the major airports based in the surrounding areas of London, including Heathrow Airport, Luton Airport, Gatwick Airport and Stansted Airport.
All four of these airports are busy, particularly Heathrow and Gatwick, therefore journeys should be planned accordingly. Each can be accessed via the M4 and M25.