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Historically famed for the jail where Oscar Wilde was imprisoned, as well as for beer, bulbs and biscuits, Reading is a place that offers up more treats the deeper you look. Although Reading is a thriving commercial hub attracting business visitor’s from across the world, it also has a fine selection of tourist attractions. The centre is full of old architecture. From the redbrick Victorian buildings to the beautiful gothic churches, there’s plenty to admire. The Forbury Gardens are a serene place to picnic before visiting the adjacent Abbey Ruins. Henry I founded this historic abbey over 850 years ago. It went on to become one of the most important religious centres of the Middle Ages. Reading also offers some of the best shopping facilities outside of London thanks to the huge mall, the Oracle. It has welcomed over 75,000,000 visitors since 1999 and is the only other place in the country where you can find the UK"s top four retailers in one place. It’s a shopaholic’s dream!
Reading is surrounded by some wonderful Berkshire countryside. You can sit by the banks of the River Thames in Caversham or follow the river up to the charming Oxfordshire town of Henley for a traditional pub lunch.