Welcome to Reading's TownpageThe original county town of Berkshire, Reading lies in the centre of England’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and has consequently attracted big business. The town set in the heart of the Thames Valley with the Chiltern Hills to the north and the Hampshire Downs to the south. It also enjoys excellent road and rail links and is only 20 mins away from London by train.
Reading was settled as a Danish encampment as early as 871. Its Abbey became one of the most important religious and political centres in England following the consecration in 1164 by Thomas Beckett. Henry I, who founded the Abbey, is buried here, in one of the few towns where Kings of England have been buried. The abbey’s ruins can still be seen.Reading Museum and the nearby Forbury Gardens are worth a look. Stratfield Saye is only a short drive away, home of the Duke of Wellington and the remains of a Roman town can be found in Silchester.
A University town, Reading has a vibrant nightlife and hosts the famous Reading Festival. A large new shopping complex, The Oracle, has recently been built and offers a fine range of bars and restaurants on the waterfront. Also newly constructed is the Madjeski Stadium, home to Reading FC. Oscar Wilde wrote ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ during one spell in the town’s prison.
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