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Just half an hour or so from the hectic sprawl of London, the town of Reading – pronounced "redding" – offers a welcome dose of calm, away from the metropolis. Nestled in the Thames River valley, it's a hybrid of the past and present. A place where you can be shopping for the latest brands and styles one minute, and taking in the sight of medieval ruins the next. It's also famous in the UK for hosting the Reading Festival, one of the biggest and liveliest music events of the year.

Things to see

The historical centerpiece of the town is Reading Abbey, right in the heart of the community. Its roots go right back to 1121, when it was founded by King Henry I. Another Henry, the notorious King Henry VIII, was responsible for its destruction centuries later. Today, its craggy but picturesque ruins, curved and misshapen almost like molten rock frozen in place, are must-sees while in Reading. Look out as well for the Inner Gateway, one of the few sections that has been preserved intact. For more on the town's past, visit Reading Museum, itself founded in 1883. It's where you can feast your eyes on the British copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, which was painstakingly recreated by 35 Victorian women, and which chronicles the violent saga of the Norman invasion of England led by William the Conqueror. Elsewhere in town you can relax in Forbury Gardens, a lush green public park overlooked by the Maiwand Lion, a sculpture that's one of the symbols of Reading. Want to go for a spot of shopping? Broad Street is the place to be, with its array of stores and pedestrianized thoroughfare.

Hotels in Reading

Proving you don't have to be in London to pamper yourself in lavish, ultra-high-end surroundings, 5 star accommodation is available in Reading. Regal 4-poster beds, richly embroidered rugs, copper bathtubs, and other stunning luxuries await you, although of course there are plenty of cost-effective hotels in Reading as well. Many of these are supremely stylish, with bold, contemporary décor, abstract wall art, and amenities including WiFi and flat-screen televisions. Whether you're here for business or pleasure, you'll easily find a home away from home.

Where to stay

There's a dense concentration of Reading hotels right in the town center, which is excellent if you intend to do a lot of shopping, and also for seeing some of the ancient ruins. It's also worth bearing in mind that the area around Reading is suffused with natural beauty, and a few hotels are dotted close to the banks of the Thames. It's ideal for hikers, cyclists, and idle strollers who want to walk by the river all the way to local villages. The perfect way to while away hours on a spring or summer's day.

How to get to Reading

Reading is incredibly easy to get to. It has superb road connections, and there are very frequent and speedy train services to London and other major cities such as Bristol, Manchester, and Oxford. If you're flying into the UK, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to where you can land. Heathrow is just one of the major airports that's well located for visiting Reading, with direct bus connections to and from the town. You can also get to Reading rather easily from Gatwick, Stansted, and Luton airports.

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