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Top 8 tourist destinations in Reading

This town of reading is an important town in the ceremonial county of Berkshire in England. With great historical significance relating to the English Civil War and the Revolution of 1688 the town is strewn with many sites of historical importance and religious significance. The city is famous for the Reading Festival, the Irish Rugby team and many more attractions.

Reading

Reading

Basildon Park

This house was built between 1776 and 1783 and was used in a myriad of ways. It was never fully completed but however after passing through a long line of ownerships it was converted into a barrack, tank training school and finally a prisoner of war camp. The building is built in the Adamesque style and is a great architectural feat.

Basildon Park

Basildon Park

Museum of Reading

The Museum of Reading is a house built mainly to preserve the history of the town of Reading. The museum contains galleries of enriching knowledge about the town and its related industries, a gallery of artifacts discovered during the excavation of Calleva Atrebatum , a copy of the Bayeux tapestry and an art collection.

Museum of Reading

Museum of Reading

Forbury Gardens

The Forbury Garden is a refreshment park for families and also a site for Reading’s Youtube gatherings. The Maiwand Lion standing in the park is a memorial of the 328 officers who laid down their lives during the Battle of Maiwand in 1888. There is also a refreshment kiosk and a bandstand where musical performances are held.

Forbury Gardens

Forbury Gardens

Reading Abbey

It is a large ruined abbey in the center of the town of Reading. This abbey is a fascinating dive into the city structure of Reading in the olden days. Live music shows are held in this abbey and impromptu artist led events are also organized. There are also amenities for food and refreshment.

Reading Abbey

Reading Abbey

The Hexagon

This is a multi-purpose theatre and arts center in Reading and is shaped like an elongated hexagon, hence the name. This theater was built by Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall in 1977 and it was also used for staging events like snooker and boxing. Some of the events held are classical comedy, comedy, drama, dance and even rock music concerts.

The Hexagon

The Hexagon

Cole Museum of Zoology

The museum is located in the Whiteknights campus and is a fascinating display of over 4000 specimens. Specimens include a male Indian circus Elephant, a 5 metre reticulated python skeleton, a fossil of the largest spider that ever lived, and a false killer whale skeleton.

Cole Museum of Zoology

Cole Museum of Zoology

Palmer Park Stadium

The stadium has a velodrome and an athletics stadium. The stadium provides a variety of outdoor and indoor sports facilities from athletics, to cycling and other sports.

Palmer Park Stadium

Palmer Park Stadium

Redgrave Pinsent Rowing lake

This is a rowing lake that is used mostly for training purposes. The lake and its boathouse provides training and scientific facilities for the GB rowing squad and also for the Oxford University in preparation for the Boat race.

Redgrave Pinsent Rowing lake

Redgrave Pinsent Rowing lake

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