In the South of England, surrounded by the beautiful Royal Berkshire Countryside, is the bustling city of Reading. Reading is considered as the shopping hub of Southern England. Hosting all the well-known brands on its main streets along with beautiful independent fashion and craft shops down the lovely side streets, this is the perfect city for retail therapy. Among these fantastic shopping opportunities, you can find an array of fabulous cafes, restaurants and bars, which work to create the brilliant nightlife atmosphere that this city boasts.
Despite its standing as a bustling shopping and party city, it may be a surprise that Reading actually holds a very rich heritage. With an estimated settlement date that goes back to the 8th Century, it’s no wonder that this city is home to some hidden treasures. From a 12th century Abbey to a massive replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, it is definitely worth discovering these amazing historical marvels that this city holds.
Some world-famous historical names have walked the streets of Reading. Perhaps most notably, this city is where Oscar Wilde wrote his famous poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”.
With such beautiful surroundings and all the shopping and food opportunities, you may forget to visit some of the highlights that this city has to offer. So, before taking a country walk through Royal Berkshire and trawling the shops of the city, be sure to fit these into your itinerary. Reading Museum is home to the famed Bayeux Tapestry, as well as many other amazing artefacts and exhibits, that prove to be entertaining and informative to all ages. Alternatively, visit the Museum of Rural Life to learn all about how the previous generations lived in this area.
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