Reading area guide
Reading in Berkshire, South-East England, is one of the largest towns in the UK, with a rich and interesting history that dates back to the Roman period. Considered one of the top London commuter towns , Reading is situated at the confluence of the River Thames and Kennet.
For retail lovers, the Oracle shopping centre is waterside and is most shopaholics' dream, while Broad Street Mall is another popular option. In addition to several High Street giants, residents will find various independent stores here, particularly down Harris Arcade.
The South Street Arts Centre is popular with the artistic, creative crowd and Centre Madejski Stadium, home to Reading football club, is a favourite amongst sports enthusiasts. History buffs can get a flavour of this town's distinctive and cultural past by visiting the Abbey Ruins.
Those looking to escape the busy bustle of town life are spoilt for choice, with lush, green Prospect Park, Caversham Court and Cintra Park to choose from.
Families and students in Reading have access to high-quality education, they can pick from six other state secondary schools and several well known public schools. Reading College and Reading University are also nearby, offering higher education with a diverse selection of Degree courses.
For commuters, Reading is one of the best towns in the South East of England to live in. One can reach London Paddington in under 30 minutes — making it convenient for those looking to be close to the Capital. Getting around the town is hassle-free too, with a network of buses running throughout the day. Close to junctions 10 and 11 of the M4, Reading is also close to Luton and Heathrow airports.
Plenty of open space and a short commute to the Capital — Reading in Berkshire is an ideal blend of urban and country living.