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Find the best things to do in Reading by discovering Reading tourism; the attractions and places of interest are on your doorstep at the Reading Lake hotel.


Directions

Road - 1
At Junction 11 on the M4, take the A33 towards Basingstoke. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights, then right at the roundabout and first left. Follow the lane for three miles, cross the motorway bridge and the weak bridge. The Hotel is on the left. The Hotel is well signposted by its former name – Copthorne Reading Hotel.

Road - 2

Exit the M4 at junction 12 and follow the sign posts for the A4 Bath Road towards Reading. After approx 2 miles turn right into Burghfield Road. Continue again on this road for approx 2 miles and then turn left into Berrys Lane. After 1 mile the hotel is on the right

Rail
Our hotel is one of the Reading hotels near the train station - 15 minutes by car. Transfers can be arranged by the Hotel.

Air
Heathrow - 25 minutes.

Reading Lake Hotel

Pingewood, Reading
Berkshire RG30 3UN
United Kingdom

THE READING LAKE HOTEL

Pingewood, Reading
Berkshire RG30 3UN
United Kingdom

About Reading, United Kingdom

The Berkshire town of Reading has a rich and interesting history. It was founded at the confluence of the River Thames and the River Kennet in the ninth century and played an important role during the English Civil War and saw a number of its industries– including the cloth, ironwork and brewing trades – flourish over the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Today, Reading's success continues in some more modern market sectors, such as information technology and insurance, and it is also a vibrant university town.

One of the town's most fascinating attractions is Reading Gaol, an early Victorian institution that was made famous by Oscar Wilde's epic poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Wilde was imprisoned in Reading from 1895 to 1897 and wrote the poem after his release.

Literature lovers will be able to find plenty of other connections in Reading. Jane Austen was educated at the Abbey School, a building connected with the medieval Abbey Gateway in Abbot's Walk, while Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, was born in Reading and lived there for much of his life.

The Reading area also boasts a range of modern attractions, including Coral Reef Waterworld in nearby Bracknell. This centre is billed as an indoor "tropical paradise" and includes water slides, rapids, bubbling spas and more. Visitors with families may also be interested in visiting Beale Park, which is situated on the banks of the Thames and features wildlife attractions, river cruises and play areas, as well as regular events and festivals.

Visitors looking for some evening entertainment in Reading can head to a number of major venues, including the Hexagon, South Street and the Concert Hall. The coming months will see the Hexagon host comedy from Simon Amstell and Paul Merton, music from the Rat Pack tribute group and family shows including Angelina's Star Performance and LazyTown Live.

Reading Museum

Reading Museum

The Reading Museum resides inside the old Town Hall of Reading.

The oldest part in the old Town Hall building is the Victoria Hall that was built in 1786. With many additions and restorations carried out, a main landmark of Reading is the structure's clock tower. Initially both a library and museum with three galleries being set up by the year 1897, the library was later relocated to a different location, leaving behind the museum and concert hall.

Presently, Reading Museum houses eight galleries.

Each gallery contains various facts and information about Reading as well as its history, economy and people. The Silchester Gallery houses archaeological artefacts found at the nearby excavation point of Calleva Atrebatum or Silchester Roman Town. The Bayeux Gallery holds the only copy of the Bayeux Tapestry within the United Kingdom, which offers insight into the history of the Viking invasion, and Saxon migration within Reading itself. The Green Space offers insight into the mysteries of the earth in the form of the geology and natural history of Reading's natural environment.

Huntley & Palmers Gallery features the journey of the namesake company that catered to the biscuit making industry, once an economic source for Reading. The Windows Gallery houses many designs, sculptures and decorative art amassed from Reading Abbey as well as artistes like Rodin and Epstein. The People & Place Gallery houses documentation of Reading's history, from its Saxon origins dating to the 6th century by forms of many exhibition elements and objects. The Exhibition Gallery is actually a space to hold temporary exhibitions, either from within the museum itself or external collections.

http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/

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