Just under 50 miles west of London is the large town of Reading. Sitting along the rivers of Kennet and Thames, Reading is a break from the hustle-and-bustle of London but is nothing short of a true English experience. Known for its world-renowned rock festival, Reading is a nice town where you can eat well, drink plenty, and spend ample amounts of time walking along the rivers Thames and Kennet. The town also offers river rides to give visitors the best views from the water.
Reading is also known for the medieval ruins of the Reading Abbey. The Reading Abbey is right near the river Kennet. The Reading Abbey is important to the political and religious history of England, and was built by King Henry I. Though the ruins itself are inaccessible, the area is still wonderful to visit and to see the ruins from afar. The beautiful Forbury Gardens are in close proximity to the Reading Abbey, and is a lavish park that's great for walking and picnicking.
A 30 minute drive south along the A33 route will take you to Wellington Country Park. Or a 30 minute drive northwest along the A329 will take you to Beale Park, a wonderful wildlife park that's perfect if you're traveling with children.
Oxford is only an hour north of Reading along the A4074. You can visit Oxford University, one of the world's finest research universities, on a day trip away from Reading. The Surrey Hills are only 1.5 hours away along the M25 motorway, and offers amazing views of the countryside.
There is a lot to see in Reading, and with a rental car you won't have to miss any of it. The Forbury Gardens are well loved by locals and visitors. The park is home to the Maiwand Lion. The statue was erected in 1886, and has become a symbol of Reading. Another popular attraction in Reading is the Museum of English Rural Life run by the university. The museum is home to over 22,000 objects, some as old as 200 years, and offers free admission. A rental car will allow you to travel outside the city. The Windsor Castle is only a twenty minute drive. If you are traveling with children, you will definitely want to stop at Legoland while in Windsor. It has been voted the best family attraction in the UK by multiple sources!
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