Reading Tourism

Visit Reading - Best of Reading

Reading is a town in Berkshire in the South East of England. It has consistently appeared in the list of top twenty UK holiday destinations, on the Inbound Passenger Survey, which is funny, because tourism isn’t its first draw. The city made its fortunes in cloth in the medieval period, but later it became famous for the 3Bs – biscuit, beer and bulbs. An important centre in the medieval period, it played a large role in the Revolution of 1688.

Sightseeing wise, you may visit the ruins of Reading Abbey, an ancient monument and burial place of a King of England. Check out the place where Oscar Wilde for his sexuality, and where he wrote one of his most famous works. Explore Reading’s strong industrial past. Walk by the river Thames and enjoy the nightlife and shopping, in iconic establishments. For concert lovers, the Reading Festival is not to be missed.

The countryside surrounding the town is beautiful too – visit the villages and towns.

Reading Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Reading tips for your visit

  • Suburban areas like Whitley, Coley, and Southcote should be avoided at all costs. Reading is a safe city but it’s best not to wander far away from the city centre in the night.
  • Most taxi drivers do not give back change so ensure you have exact fare with you.
More about Reading

Facts and Stats for Reading*

  • Pollution Statistics in Reading

    Know the pollution level of Reading before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 26.79 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 34.38 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.88 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 18.75 (Very Low)
  • Reading: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Reading for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Reading.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.29 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 28.57 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 30.36 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.93 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35.71 (Low)
    • Attacks 30.36 (Low)
    • Drug offense 51.92 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 19.23 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 39.29 (Low)
  • Living in Reading - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Reading is 173.59 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 64.19 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.11 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 30.09 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 84.12 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.78 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.35 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 103.36 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Reading

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Reading

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.09 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 88.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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