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One of the largest settlements in the UK without city status, Reading is a university town 20 minutes west of London. The town is on the Thames, at the very end of the Kennet and Avon Canal, and in the Middle Ages was the site of an influential abbey, the ruins of which can be seen around the central Forbury Gardens. Oscar Wilde was imprisoned at Reading Gaol between and after being convicted of homosexual offences, and would later write the Ballad of Reading Gaol while in exile in France. After the abbey was dissolved in the 16th century the space was left open and used for gun emplacements in the English Civil War and then for military drills during the Napoleonic Wars. It became a public park in the middle of the 19th century, and the attention-grabbing monument in the centre, the Maiwand Lion, was erected in to commemorate the dead from the 66th Berkshire Regiment at the Battle of Maiwand in Afghanistan in The park has a dainty bandstand and ample lawns that fill up with office workers at lunchtime on sunny days. On the southeast boundary of Forbury Gardens, mingling with more modern buildings are the ruins of Reading Abbey, which was founded by Henry I in
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A wealth of towns, villages and countryside to explore make this county the perfect antidote to UK city life. To get the most out of your stay, start planning your days out in Berkshire here.
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What is it? Why go? For the Bayeux, obvs. The Museum of English Rural Life will answer your every tractor-related question. Plough into the galleries to learn how farming has progressed over the centuries or do a quick sweep along the Wagon Walk then relax in the lovely gardens. A collection of over 20, illustrations from Ladybird books is shown off in a permanent gallery. A fun game is to rename them using only emoji.
Sightseeing in Reading - what to see. Complete travel guide This is an ancient city, first mentions of which belong to the 8th century. At that time this was a small village, which was mostly developing due to the foundation of the Abbey. However, just several centuries after the foundation Reading was already one of ten largest cities of the country. In the 18th century large deposits of iron ore were discovered near the city. This fact has given rise to building of first industrial plants.