Associations with the music festivals, and Oscar Wilde aside, Reading isn't an obvious travel destination. But it's surrounded by some of Berkshire's most green and picturesquely rolling countryside, dotted with pretty, thatched-roofed towns and villages, and run through by both the Thames and Kennet rivers. So maybe it's worth considering. Our selection of the best places to stay in Reading covers most tastes from country house hotel to ancient coaching inn.
Reading is large enough to be a city, but because of its large and beautiful abbey - now ruined - no one ever thought to build a cathedral here, so the town missed out. And though the rule was changed so that a cathedral was no longer needed, Reading has still so far been overlooked by the people who grant royal charters to cities.
Reading's size, and its location close to the Cotswolds and the Chilterns, mean that a lot of people pass through. If you're just passing though it would be a shame to miss the abbey ruins and the Forbury formal gardens which surround them.
Reading also has a free museum about itself if you're looking for more information.
Some of Reading's highlights are actually a little out of town.
Of course Reading is also only a short train journey from London, Oxford, Windsor and Henley-on-Thames. So it's a great base for seeing the whole Thames valley.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Reading, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively look at all our recommendations in Berkshire.
Hearty, old traditional inn. Unpretentious gastro-pub restaurant. Tennis courts and nearby walks on the Thames. Crisp bedrooms with lots of natural light.
Large stylish townhouse hotel in the centre of Reading. Modern interiors, bright colours, all the mod-cons. Suites and apartments. Restaurant and hip bar.
Ultimate foodie venue with three Michelin stars, on the banks of the river Thames. Run by top chefs Michel Roux and his son Alain. Sumptuous suites and bedrooms.