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Take a Walk in Forbury Gardens
About: One of the best things about Reading is its abundance of green open spaces, what's more, is that exploring them won't cost you a penny! Forbury Gardens is a beautiful Victorian town garden located in the heart of the city. With sloping hills and lush greenery, this is the perfect spot whether you're up for a picnic or a dog walk.
Address: The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EJ
Visit Reading Museum
About: The Museum of Reading contains a number of galleries describing the history of Reading and its major industries. A gallery of artefacts discovered during the excavations of Calleva Atrebatum, a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and an art collection are amongst some of the museum's highlights.
Address: Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
Telephone: 0118 937 3400
Follow The Thames Walk
About: Follow the Thames as it passes through rural villages, historical towns and picturesque water meadows. Start your journey at Henley-on-Thames, before making your way to the village of Shiplake. Enjoy miles of peaceful walking from here before arriving at Sonning where the Thames Path enters Reading.
Address: Henley On Thames, Oxon, RG9 2AQ
Explore Reading Abbey
About: Reading Abbey is a large, ruined abbey located in the centre of the city. Although some of the beautifully carved stones have made their way into Museum collections, a series of ruins still stand tall at the edge of Forbury Gardens. The Abbey was founded in 1121 by King Henry I and was one of Western Europe’s most prestigious religious and political centres.
Address: Reading Abbey, Reading, RG1 3EJ
Visit The Museum of English Rural Life
About: The Museum of English Rural Life is home to the UK's largest national collection of objects, books and archives relating to food, farming and the countryside. With loads of hands-on exhibits, this is a great place to visit with your family.
Address: Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
Telephone: 0118 378 8660
Visit The Cole Museum of Zoology
About: Founded in the early 20th century by Francis J. Cole, The Cole Museum of Zoology is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and other interesting specimens. The Cole contains over 3500 specimens with around 400 on display at any one time. Collection highlights include complete skeletons of a male Indian Elephant, a False Killer Whale and a five metre Reticulated Python.
Address: Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6UA
Telephone: 0118 378 5393
Visit Reading Central Library
About: With regular family events and an abundance of books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers, the Reading Central Library is a hub of free entertainment for all.
Address: Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BQ
Telephone: 0118 937 5950