Firstly I would recommend you go to Reading Abbey, it is a short walk away from Forbury Gardens, which is the home of the famous Maiwand Lion statue. Reading Abbey was founded by Henry I in the 12th Century; the now ruined Abbey is full of history and situated in a picturesque area and also holds the body of its founder Henry I.
If you are interested in history and local artefacts then make sure you visit the Reading Museum. Reading Museum is packed full of interesting facts about Reading and you can find out about the history of Reading through informative and entertaining displays as well as interactive exhibits.
Reading is less than an hour from London and shares the river Thames with our capital; you can experience a Thames Cruise from Caversham Bridge on the Caversham Princess. This boat ride is relaxing and informative and a great way to see all of the sites along the river banks in style.
Many people know Reading for the ‘Reading Festival’ which is a music festival in August where people flock from far and wide to see the their favourite bands and artists play live to thousands of fans. Lesser known festivals are the Reading Beer and Cider festival which are held in May and will guarantee a good time, if not a bit of a sore head the next day. There are smaller events that run throughout the year so check at your hotel to see if there are any notable festivals or fairs during your stay.
Reading FC plays at home at the Madejski Stadium and even if you are not a football fan, the local atmosphere will win you over and you will be cheering along with the crowd. Reading FC has some well known fans including actress Kate Winslet, so you might be able to do some celebrity-spotting if you go to watch a home game.
One of the best things about Reading is its location. Although you could spend several days on different activities in Reading you cannot ignore the beautiful countryside it is set in. Explore the local area including the villages, country pubs and the hills, follow the Thames river to Pangbourne, Goring, Sonning and Henley, all of which have friendly locals and excellent pub grub if you have worked up n appetite.
Whatever you want from your holiday or mini break you can find an activity that will suit you and your friends or family. Check into one of the hotels in Reading South and get exploring.