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Ranked #1 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #2 of 33 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 #3 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Outdoors
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 #4 of 33 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 #5 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites; Cultural

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 #6 of 33 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 #7 of 33 attractions in Reading
Owner description: Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1946 and maintained by volunteers. As a... more » Owner description: Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1946 and maintained by volunteers. As a registered Charity we are committed to promoting education in the performing arts as well as producing a programme of varied, interesting and challenging drama to the highest standard. Our intimate 96 seat venue has a fully licensed bar and is the oldest producing theatre in Reading. There is wheelchair access to the Theatre with a seat for disabled patrons and their carer, as well as a state of the art hearing loop. Progress has a thriving Youth Theatre, a Writers' Group, the Friends of Progress and the Members themselves. Progress Theatre enjoys good relations with the Arts and Leisure department of Reading Borough Council, and used to stage the 350-seat Reading Abbey Ruins Open Air Shakespeare in partnership with Reading Borough Council each summer before the Abbeys Ruins was closed for refurbishment. We now produce the Reading Open Air Shakespeare annually in the enchanting settings of Caversham Court Gardens during July. « less
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Ranked #8 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Race Car Tracks; Sports Complexes; Theaters & Stadiums
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 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Outdoors

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 #10 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums

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 #11 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors

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

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Ranked #12 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #14 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #15 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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 #16 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #17 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

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 #18 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #19 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Water sports; Outdoors

Lagoona Park is a 30 acre site with a 25 acre weed controlled lake, based outside of Reading not far off the M4. They offer a experiences of jet skis and bikes and jet ribs (a... more »

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Ranked #20 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #21 of 33 attractions in Reading

The Hexagon is a multi-purpose theatre and arts venue in the centre of Reading, close to the Civic Centre. It was designed by Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall in the sahpe of an... more »

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Ranked #22 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #23 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural

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 #24 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Cultural

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 #25 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #26 of 33 attractions in Reading
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Ranked #27 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Ancient Ruins; Religious Sites; Cultural

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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Ranked #28 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural

One of Reading's three medieval churches, but with lots of Victorian additions. Located just south of the town centre in Southampton Street. more »

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Ranked #29 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Historic Sites; Outdoors

   Pincents Hill - local "Wildlife Beauty Spot"    Nestling in the  Sulham Valley  4 miles west of Reading between the localities of Tilehurst, Calcot and Theale    Ancient... more »

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Ranked #30 of 33 attractions in Reading
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural

The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Reading, stands in st Mary's Butts in the Town Centre - the road is so named because this is where archery was practised in the Middle... more »

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