One of the largest towns in the UK with an energetic atmosphere to match, Reading is nevertheless surrounded by some stunning Royal Berkshire countryside. Set around the confluence of the River Thames and the River Kennet, it’s as easy to get away from it all in Reading as it is to find bustling shopping centres and lively bars.
For all its modern amenities, Reading is a place with a fascinating heritage. As well as the town where Oscar Wilde wrote his famous Ballad of Reading Gaol, Reading has a 12th Century ruined Abbey, and even a huge replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Today it’s also the site of one of the biggest and longest running music festivals in the UK – The Reading Festival.