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Reading is packed full of things to do for visitors of all ages and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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Fast becoming one of the country's most desirable cities, Reading is a dynamic, vibrant and fun place to be.
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Whether you want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy or marvel at the changes between the old and new parts of the town, you'll find what you're looking for in Reading. As a helping hand, we've put together five attractions that the town has to offer;
Situated in the very heart of Reading, Forbury Gardens is a beautiful park that was recently restored to its former glory of the Victorian era. Within the park there's a bandstand, a fountain and Victorian style flower beds, as well as a kiosk serving refreshments. It's an ideal place to unwind at lunch time or in the evenings as the sun goes down - in fact, it's a great place for a relaxing break any time of the day. Originally part of the grounds of Reading Abbey, the Gardens are steeped in history and can transport you back to Victorian times just as well as any museum.
Located near Forbury Gardens in the town centre, the medieval Abbey ruins give a good idea of the impressiveness of the Abbey that once stood on this site. Founded by Henry I, whose ashes were scattered in the grounds, Reading Abbey is a historic and romantic place to enjoy a leisurely stroll. See if you can find the plaque which apparently contains the oldest song ever written. To get to the Abbey, go to Forbury Gardens and take the passageway to the right of the main entrance.
Just a short walk from Reading's main train station, this exciting retail centre offers all the shops you could want plus trendy eateries including 'Jamie's Italian', a chain run by famous chef Jamie Oliver. And that's not all - as well as the three malls, there is also a Vue cinema where you can catch the latest films for all the family. This fashion, food and entertainment hub is the perfect place to go when visiting Reading.
If you're looking for something to keep the whole family amused, then this is it. Set in 350 acres of Parkland, Wellington Country Park has safe play areas, beautiful nature trails and lakeside walks - plus dogs are welcome. If you fancy a snack, there are barbecue and picnic areas as well as a lakeside cafe. Then it's time to go crazy with the crazy golf, play in the sandpits, explore the miniature railway and get a souvenir in the gift shop. Although situated a little outside the town, the 10 minute journey is well worth making for this great attraction.
Located in the centre of the town, the Reading Museum boasts 11 galleries as well as an exciting programme of exhibitions for people of all ages. The family-friendly galleries are accessible to all and kids are catered for with special trails, worksheets, picture bingo and handling bags. Admission to the museum is free and it can be easily accessed by bus or on foot from Reading train station. The museum's second site - the Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock - is also free. There you can discover the story of Reading's two rivers, the Kennet and the Thames, within the historic setting of two former industrial buildings.