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

Romans in Reading 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the most important historical events, among the showpieces of the collection tourists will see age-old books and maps, historical documents and armory.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

Castle Woodstock

From the series “Amazing Ancient Fortresses Preserved to This Day”
The ghost of beauty, living in the castle, is considered a good one, and never frightens the people who come to the castle with good intentions. One of the most incredible cases happened in the castle in the 18th century, when the officials wanted to expropriate the whole property as compensation for the owners' big debts. The ghost of Rozamunda has received them extremely unfriendly. The officials were thrown with the stones and watered by the cold water, whose appearance in the narrow corridors remains unexplained until today. Thus the protector's ghost saved the castle's valuable property. Thanks to the unusual case, the collection of antique objects and works of art can be appreciated today. … Read further

Zaha Hadid House

From the series “Extravagant houses and apartments of designers”
A special optical filter system was installed in it. It is connected to the glass panels located on the roof. This design allows filling the rooms with natural daylight even on a rainy day. The variety of unusual shapes and elements in the interior is compensated by the fact that light shades prevail in the apartment. It is also worth noting that considerable attention was paid to natural materials in the process of creating the interior. Many elements of the decor are made of natural light wood. Zaha is very fond of fresh flowers. Elegant bouquets are also an important part of the interior of her apartment. … Read further

Elevator Without Bottom

From the series “Top 16 Most Exotic Elevators and Lifts in the World”
Against all expectation of the manufacturers proved the elevator without floor as a mostly breathtaking and realistic attraction. A ride with this elevator will have a real mutilation test for people who have claustrophobia or fear of darkness and altitude. Since the opening, the unusual elevator has been one of the most attractive features of the London shopping center. Many tourists visit it especially to make the unusual photos in the elevator. From the outside, the elevator looks quite ordinary, making illusion even more unexpected and impressive. … Read further
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New Year events in Thailand are likely to bring more people this year because everyone is tired of lockdowns and craving normal life. Many tourists, who book hotels in Pattaya, Krabi, or Phuket for the holiday season, also want to participate. As champagne has become an essential drink for New Year celebrations, the question regarding alcohol consumption comes to mind. The government allowed serving alcoholic drinks during the New Year countdown but only open-air cafes and restaurants with good ventilation will be permitted to do this until 1 am on 1 January 2022. This rule is nationwide. Read this


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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Reading

Culture guide to Reading. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Reading: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Reading. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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