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Ranked #1 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #2 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: An 18th-century house, a 1950s homeThis is a story of grandeur created, dissolved and resurrected - not once, but... more » Owner description: An 18th-century house, a 1950s homeThis is a story of grandeur created, dissolved and resurrected - not once, but twice.Basildon Park is an impressive Georgian mansion, surrounded by glorious parkland, which was lovingly rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. The house you see today is a re-creation and restoration of the 18th-century mansion. They restored the elegant interior and scoured the country salvaging 18th-century architectural fixtures and fittings. They filled their comfortable new home with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture, which can still be enjoyed by visitors today. « less
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Ranked #3 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Museums
Owner description: The REME Museum of Technology tells the history of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers from their birth in 1942... more » Owner description: The REME Museum of Technology tells the history of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers from their birth in 1942 until the present day. The collection on display includes tools used by REME soldiers, an extensive weapons display and historic the repair and recovery vehicle collection. « less
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Ranked #4 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Hiking Trails

The Kennet and Avon Canal is a mixture of man-made canal and navigable river that runs from Reading to Bristol. Although the whole route tends to be referred to as the Kennet and... more »

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Ranked #5 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects,... more » Owner description: The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside. The museum galleries and garden are currently closed until early 2016 for a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project. The gift shop, staircase hall and library and archives reading room are still open (Monday 10am to 5pm and Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm) « less
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Ranked #6 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites; Landmarks

Silchester is about 20 minutes drive from Reading and was once  the ancient  Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. All that remains are the ruined amphitheatre and town walls, which... more »

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Ranked #7 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Educational Sites; Museums

The main Reading Museum is housed in the Old Town Hall at the eastern end of Friar Street, in the centre of Reading. The building, opened in 1875, was designed by the architect... more »

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Ranked #8 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Race Car Tracks; Sports Complexes; Landmarks
Owner description: State-of-the-art indoor karting in Reading. Open 7 days. Free on-site parking. Corporate events, private events & children... more » Owner description: State-of-the-art indoor karting in Reading. Open 7 days. Free on-site parking. Corporate events, private events & children over 10. Events for 1 - 80 drivers. Online booking. « less
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Ranked #9 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks

The Madejski Stadium, home to Reading Football Cub and London Irish Rugby Football Club, is a 24,161 seat stadium to the south of the town on the A33, close to Junction 11 of the... more »

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Ranked #10 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #11 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks

Beale Park is an animal park and children's play area located just outside Reading. more »

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Ranked #12 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Mapledurham House is an Elizabethan mansion on the edge of the Oxfordshire/Berkshire borders. Bordered by the river Thames,... more » Owner description: Mapledurham House is an Elizabethan mansion on the edge of the Oxfordshire/Berkshire borders. Bordered by the river Thames, it is a most beautiful and unspoilt part of South Oxfordshire. Together with the last working watermill on the river Thames and the newly installed Archimedes screw turbine, Mapledurham is well worth a visit. Open from Easter until the end of September on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays and on Sunday afternoons in October. « less
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Ranked #13 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Forbury Gardens is a public open space adjacent to Reading town centre, to the east of the Chruch of St Lawrence. The Gardens were laid out in Victorian times on part of the site... more »

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Ranked #14 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: Wellington Country Park, ‘The Biggest Outdoor Play in Berkshire’ is situated between Reading and Basingstoke and offers an... more » Owner description: Wellington Country Park, ‘The Biggest Outdoor Play in Berkshire’ is situated between Reading and Basingstoke and offers an ideal destination for all the family, in a safe and beautifully landscaped venue.Within the Park we have numerous attractions. These include:- Several adventure play areas Zip wire Toddler’s area Sand pits, slides Miniature railway (add fee) Jumping pillow (height restrictions apply) Nature trail maze 12 hole minigolf course Welly Wheels automated jeeps (add fee) Animal Farm (seasonal) and petting barn Indoor soft play (2 & under) Nature trails Balancing beams Play tractors and a host of other play trail equipment to keep the kids happy!!Events are also held throughout the year, which are free to join in and are included as part of your entrance fee. Bring your own picnic or visit our cafe, with a full range of hot and cold snacks and drinks available. After eating, browse round our gift shop with a range of gifts, toys and confectionery. With Free parking and dogs welcome, Wellington Country Park really does offer it all. See our website for full details!! « less
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Ranked #15 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Museums
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Ranked #16 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails
Owner description: Berkshire 4x4 has been established since 2001 and offer off road driving experiences, off road driver training and segways... more » Owner description: Berkshire 4x4 has been established since 2001 and offer off road driving experiences, off road driver training and segways for the individual, groups and corporates. Visit our website for full details and information. « less
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Ranked #18 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks

Stratford Saye House has been home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817 and has exhibitions on the first Duke of Wellington. Entry to the house is by guided tour only. more »

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Ranked #19 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Casinos
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Ranked #20 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #21 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Gardens; Farms
Owner description: Situated close to Sonning Common, The Herb Farm offers a large plant nursery, display gardens and The Saxon Maze. The Barn... more » Owner description: Situated close to Sonning Common, The Herb Farm offers a large plant nursery, display gardens and The Saxon Maze. The Barn Shop stocks many food items and gifts, with something for everyone. Independent coffee shop on site - please see Daisy's Coffee Shop on Facebook for further information. « less
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Ranked #22 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Farms; Landmarks
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Ranked #23 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Casinos
Owner description: Grosvenor Casino Reading is more than just a Casino, it's the perfect day and night leisure destination with a fantastic... more » Owner description: Grosvenor Casino Reading is more than just a Casino, it's the perfect day and night leisure destination with a fantastic restaurant, amazing bar, sports & entertainment screen, great poker and much, much more. We have numerous Roulette, Blackjack and Poker tables with popular slot games like Cleopatra and Lucky Lady's Charm to make your gaming experience the best in town. « less
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Ranked #24 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #25 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #26 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks

A church has stood on the site of St Laurence since 1121 - the year that Reading Abbey was founded. In fact St Laurence sits at what was once the entrance to the Abbey, but was... more »

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Ranked #27 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Landmarks

St James is a Catholic church in the Norman style, opened in 1839 and an early work of the famous Victorian architect Augustus W.Pugin (who assisted in the design of the Houses of... more »

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St Mary's Church (Shinfield)
Ranked #28 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
Owner description: St Mary's dates from 1069, when the Earl of Hereford ordered it built. Since then, it has been a home of worship and a... more » Owner description: St Mary's dates from 1069, when the Earl of Hereford ordered it built. Since then, it has been a home of worship and a significant part of life in Shinfield. The building is Grade 1 listed, and is known for some remarkable architecture (especially the fine, uncommonly timbered roof). From the moment people walk into St Mary's it is our aim to provide a welcoming, friendly experience and trust for them to leave with happy memories and hopefully, spiritual food for thought. With a newly refurbished organ, four part choir, bell ringers and a music group, music is central to worship at St Mary's. A mix of tradition and modern music is often employed, and works well. The tower contains 6 bells, and the tenor weighs 13cwt (660kg). In amongst all this activity, St Mary's is also a place for quiet, spiritual reflection and this is a key part of all our services - time to reflect on one's relationship with God and life. Services at St Mary's offer a range of worship styles, from the traditional Book of Common Prayer's Said Communion and Evensong, the Common Worship Eucharist, to more informal Family Services which are often used for baptisms. The Family Services have significant input from lay members and children in the form of short plays, reading and interactive stories. We are working towards opening the church more frequently by making the vestry secure with metal decorative screens, allowing the community at large a chance not only to see the church but also to act as a place for quiet meditation. « less
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Ranked #29 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #30 of 34 attractions in Reading
Category: Ancient Ruins; Religious Sites; Landmarks

The ruined walls of the medieval Reading Abbey, founded in 1121 by King Henry 1, still stand close to Reading Town Centre. The Abbey went on to becomeone of the most powerful in... more »

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