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Weekend break

Cardiff, United...
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Weekend break

Is Reading any good for a long weekend ? Are you pubs nice . Any history ? Been to so many towns Cities but can’t recall going to Reading , so May give it a try only 2 hours away Any tips ? Thank you

Buckingham, United...
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1. Re: Weekend break

I don't like to put people off, but Reading is an OK town, but not somewhere i would suggest for a weekend. You could use it as a base, and visit Windsor Castle and Great Park - if you like horses you could go to Ascot. You may be able to catch a match at London Irish!!

If you into a bit of history you could visit Highclere Castle - famous for Downton Abbey.

Look at links, good luck




Farnborough, United...
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2. Re: Weekend break

Reading is fine for a good night but there is not going to be much to do during the day. There is great shopping, pubs, restaurants but you might as well stay in Cardiff where that is all better. Try Windsor, or Portsmouth, both much more interesting places.

Wales, United...
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3. Re: Weekend break

I think that Reading has some appeal as a base to get to places like WIndsor and Oxford without heading into London. I also used to like the Beer Festival there. Buy aside from the shops, there isn't a massive amount going for it, to be brutally honest.

Liverpool, United...
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4. Re: Weekend break

Kate Middleton and Kate Winslet were born in Reading, and there is also the annual Reading Festival, so it can't be that bad. 🤔😉

Lytham St Anne's...
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5. Re: Weekend break

The wonderful late Sir John Betjeman , the poet laureate once went to a conference called " The Pleasures of Reading "

He was a lover of towns and buildings .

However when he got there he was disappointed to find it was actually " The pleasures of Reading " as in reading books and writings .!!

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6. Re: Weekend break

Things to see and do in Reading:

Great shopping - mix of The Oracle indoor shopping centre, Broad Street and independents in Friar Street, all in the Town Centre.

Forbury Gardens and remains of Reading's great Abbey to explore

Riverside walks along the Thames; do go to Caversham Court Gardens if you get the chance.

Reading Museum - free to enter, and has a lifesize replica of the Bayeux Tapestry which is an exact copy except for one detail - a man wearing trousers was naked in the original (for that alone, you have to love it). Also has Roman remains excavated from nearby Calleva Atrebatum, one of the few Romano-British towns that was never subsequently reoccupied by one of the following waves of invaders.

Punches above its weight when it comes to eateries - plenty to suit all tastes and budgets.

Lots of nightlife in the centre.

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