Reading Tourism

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.

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

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 38.89 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 27.78 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 27.78 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.67 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Reading for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Reading.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.75 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 11.25 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.75 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 34.21 (Low)
    • Drug offense 57.89 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.25 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.25 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 18.42 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 39.47 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Reading is 182.58 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 61.42 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.11 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 30.94 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 41 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 77.98 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 81.61 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.01 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 116.95 (Very 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 86.42 USD

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

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