Famous for its shopping, so close to London and Oxford, surrounded by breathtaking countryside - a great place to study
Experience the best of both worlds in Reading, a place that combines the friendliness of a small town with the excitement of a big city. Discover the latest fashions in The Oracle and Broad Street Mall, two shopping centres that together make Reading one of the UK’s top retail destinations. Experience the thrill of match day at Madejski Stadium, home to Reading’s Championship football team. Treat your tastebuds to flavours from all over the world at the weekly CHOW street food festival.
Stay for the summer and experience the frenzied excitement of Reading Festival, a legendary music event that has become part of this town’s identity. Reading’s rich cultural heritage goes beyond its musical offerings, however. It is a town with more than 2,000 years of history, which you can learn about in the archives of the Reading Museum, or experience firsthand whilst admiring the beautiful ruins of the town’s 12th-Century abbey. More recently, Oscar Wilde’s famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol was inspired by his time spent imprisoned there.
Ideally placed for exploring the stunning county of Berkshire, Reading is about much more than the town itself. Travel a few minutes out of the urban centre and find yourself surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Thames Valley. Take a day trip to the Roman Ruins at Silchester, or tour the royal castle at nearby Windsor. Reading train station is a major transport hub, with fast services that will get you to London in less than 30 minutes.