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Culture of Reading. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

In the Middle Ages the city of Reading was a significant political and religious center of the country. In the 12th century an abbey was established on its territory, and it was the most significant and rich in the country at that time. Today the Reading abbey is the main symbol of the city and one of its remarkable sites. In the middle of the 16th century the powerful abbey was abandoned, so local folks unbricked its building and used the bricks for house building.
This is an ancient city, first mentions of which belong to the 8th century. At that time this was a small village, which was mostly developing due to the foundation of the Abbey. However, … Open
Despite the fact that the abbey was destroyed many centuries ago the ruins of its scale construction still impress tourists and city guests. In close vicinity to the ruins of abbey tourists will find majestic Forbury Gardens, which were established in the middle of the 19th century. The main decoration of the Victorian park is a stone statue being the restoration of the Maiwand Lion. This memorial was established as a tribute to the memory of the dead in the Afghan war.
Near the abbey tourists will discover another significant religious landmark being the St. Laurence’s Church. The church has preserved its initial look till nowadays, being an interesting place to visit and explore considering its archeological value. Another remarkable historical building siding with the abbey is the Prison of Reading. Oscar Wilde served his sentence exactly in this prison. This fact has added to the worldwide popularity of the house. The most popular cultural establishment of the city is located in the city center. The Museum of Reading is open for public every day featuring free entrance. The museum exposition is devoted to the most important historical events, among the showpieces of the collection tourists will see age-old books and maps, historical documents and armory. Copyright
Ethnic cuisine features an amazing variety of dishes. Local restaurants offer their guests a vast choice of inimitable treats. The city offers as well several eating houses specializing in … Open
Not far from the museum tourists will find the Concert Hall, which usually holds interesting cultural events. The Hexagon complex is a good place to visit for cultural leisure. The complex venues include not only a great modern cinema hall but a theater as well where various fantastic plays are performed. In the warm seasons the majestic Forbury Gardens turn into scaled open-air cultural center holding bright festivals and ethnic celebrations.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Reading and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Reading and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Reading
♥   Palace 'Basildon Park' , 11.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Windsor Castle' , 25.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Hampton Court Palace' , 44.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Syon House' , 45.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Richmond Palace' , 45.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Blenheim Palace' , 50.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Woburn Abbey' , 64.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Reading and around
♥   Art museum 'Christ Church Picture Gallery' Oxford, 38.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Reading
♥   Church of St. Joseph, Southampton, 68.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Former Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Chichester, 69.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St. Philip Howard, Arundel, 72.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, Portsmouth, 73.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Reading and near

ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower

From the series “Elegant Architectural Structures for Fans of Skywalks”
Initially, the main feature of the construction is its uncommon shape. By idea of ​​the authors, people looking at the amazing tower should enjoy its unique appearance and distract themselves from the series of daily concerns. Construction of ArcelorMittal Orbit has become one of the largest environmental projects in recent years. The structure consists of recycled steel for more than 60%. The construction of the tower took 18 months. Its carcass includes about 560 meters of tubular steel painted in rich red color. … Read further

Science Park Porton Down

From the series “Forbidden Construction Objects with Label "Access Denied"”
It is also known that the laboratories of the science park store samples of the most dangerous and aggressive viruses in the world, including the Ebola virus, which was first recorded in 1976 in Africa. In 2008, the Daily Mail published an incredible note that in the "Porton Down" Science Park they are investigating bodies of extraterrestrials that were brought to the laboratory from the crash site of an alien ship. For more than a hundred years of the existence of the base, almost nothing is known about its activities. It is impossible for an outsider to penetrate the territory of the scientific center. … Read further

Tower Bridge

From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
Notable for the fact that the bridge was originally intended not only for the drivers, but also for the pedestrians. For the pedestrians were designed two galleries in the upper part, therefore one could go over the bridge even at the opening. In 1982 the small museum dedicated to the history of the bridge was opened in one of the galleries. In the same year there was the comfortable viewing platform for the tourists. Although the bridge is a hundred years old, it still has not lost its original meaning. Each day, about 40,000 people travel across the Tower Bridge. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Reading

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