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When you book car rental, Reading holidays can be much more than a pleasant few days in the city...
The town of Reading in Berkshire has more than meets the eye. Steeped in history and well connected to the waterways, including the mighty River Thames, you can take picnics at the water's edge when the sun shines, tour the shops looking for the perfect gifts to take home, see the town's heritage or enjoy long walks to discover more of this part of England, stopping every now and then at a welcoming pub or a top-class restaurant.
Reading is well known for its yearly rock festival, which attracts big names in the genres of metal, pop and indie, as well as thousands of partygoers.
If you like music, drive into town and visit the Hexagon. One of Reading's prime entertainment venues, the Hexagon is centrally located and hosts comedy and theatre performances as well as music.
History buffs, meanwhile, will be intrigued by the ruins of Reading Abbey, considered an important ancient monument. The Abbey was built in 1121 and some of its surviving buildings are still used today.
Football fans shouldn't miss the Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Football Club. This 24,000-seat stadium is more than just a football venue - it's a conference centre too.
You can walk around the centre of the town but getting the most from this place really requires car hire in Reading, which also enables you to easily get to the nearest airport, London Heathrow (LHR). You can collect your hire car at one of a number of convenient downtown locations in and around Reading town centre.
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It really is worth booking car hire; Reading and the areas around it are crammed with holiday highlights...
Heading just outside of Reading, don't miss an opportunity to drive into the country and stroll along the banks of the Thames River. You could spend an afternoon watching the rowers racing along the river. The Kennet and Avon Canal also flows through Reading and you can explore its towpaths, which lead to areas blessed with plenty of flora and fauna to admire.
Further afield, Wellington Country Park is suitable for families and features nature trails and an animal farm. In Silchester, travellers making use of Reading car hire can explore a Roman amphitheatre and get a glimpse of the ancient past of the area.
Other nearby towns include Henley, with its River and Rowing Museum that is full of activities and exhibitions dedicated to life on the water. Officially known as Henley-on-Thames, this handsome Oxfordshire town is a mere 20-minute drive from Reading. Its medieval streets and river life take on an extra appeal when the sun shines. Crowds flock here every July for the Henley Royal Regatta.
At Maidenhead, visitors can admire the scenery at Boulter's Island. It takes around 25 minutes to reach Maidenhead by road. Travelling further east past Maidenhead, you can reach central London from Reading in less than an hour, though many visitors park cars close to the capital and then use public transport to spend time under the bright lights of the big city.
In the other direction, you can drive to Newbury from Reading in around half an hour. Whether you're a fan of horse racing or not, the excitement of race day at Newbury Racecourse will sweep you up and tempt you into a flutter or two. For an altogether more sedate activity, make the journey to Highclere Castle (a further five-minute drive past Newbury). It's the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, otherwise known as “Downtown Abbey”. Ticket sales have soared in recent years due to the popularity of the hit television show, so do book in advance to secure your visit.