The town of Reading lies in Berkshire, south east of England, by the mighty Thames River.
Use the services like car for rent in Reading on your arrival at the London Heathrow Airport, 40 km away or Southampton Airport, 60 km away from Reading. The City is a perfect place to set up camp while touring the countryside, famous for the fantastic hikes along the river Thames with its beautiful small villages, dotted in green surroundings. The nearby city of London is just ‘around the corner’ when the need for a bustling large town appears. Reading has only a few landmarks but they are magnificent and very much the time worth. Its cozy bars and pubs are very attractive and full of local townsfolk, eager to have a chat with you.
Rent a car in Reading and visit the magnificent Reading Abbey Ruins & Forbury Gardens. Unfortunately very little of the building is left except the Gateway and St Laurence's Church .But the ruins give an idea of the majestic existence of the abbey, once one of the most important religious and political centers in England. Inside the Victorian style built Town Hall lays the Museum of Reading and explaining the history of the area, from the Roman city at nearby Silchester through mediaeval time and its famous Abbey. One of the annually major music festivals in Europe takes place in Reading. During those several days of action make sure that you book your accommodation and festival tickets well in advance.
Hire a car in Reading and get the countryside known, such as the fantastic Basildon Park with the Palladian mansion, built between 1776 and 1783. Admire the elegant staircases and the beautiful original delicate plaster work. Stroll through the adorable village of Mapledurham which is located in the valley of the Thames River. Adore the church, the cottages, watermill and almshouses which take you away back in time. The watermill is grounding the wheat by the traditional millstones. A worthwhile visit is one of the most isolated place in south-east England, the ruins of the Roman town Silchester. A must do is an easy hike along one of the trails, either to Sonning or Tilehurst, both very much recommended and about 5 till 7 km long through magnificent wood and farmland. Or drive to Goring, stroll along the Thames River and adore the beautiful and tranquil scenery.
Reading’s attractions and its idyllic countryside is a real gem and will give all the pleasure for a relaxed holiday to load your batteries again. But remember, if you want some bustling city life, London is just around the corner!