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Explore Reading's museums

Reading train station is within walking distance of the centre of Berkshire's largest town. Reading is home to a clutch of fascinating museums - start at The Museum of English Rural Life to learn all about farming and traditional styles of living, before heading to the renowned Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, with its superb collection of ceramics. Reading Museum charts the history of local life in the area, or the Riverside Museum pays tribute to the two rivers that flow through it: the Kennet and Thames.

Relax with a pint in Reading

Reading is packed with charming, traditional pubs, making it perfect for enjoying a few drinks. The Three Guineas is right Near the train station, serving up comfort food and real ales. The Gateway is a vibrant Irish pub, while for something more upbeat still, check out The Pavlov's Dog, where you can select the music playing on the jukebox.

The charming Chilterns

Only a few minutes north of Reading in the car, the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its picture-perfect English countryside scenery is a magnet for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. National Trust Basildon Park houses a unique mid-century interior within a stunning 18th century mansion built in imposing Palladian style. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Reading train station? Travelodge Reading Central Hotel is within walking distance, while Travelodge Reading Whitley Hotel is just south of the town centre.