The Berkshire town of Reading has long been synonymous with summer and live music, thanks to its eponymous festival - one of the biggest in the UK. It is also an important trading centre and a transport gateway to most of the country. As such, it is a bustling town of commerce and culture, with a diverse population and range of attractions.
Reading is an increasingly popular base for business and features one of the UK’s fastest growing economies, with Vodafone, Microsoft and Symantec all having bases in the town. With regular trains into London and a journey time of as little as twenty five minutes, Reading is also a popular commuter base for those who need to travel to other UK cities in addition to the capital.
As with most UK towns, Reading offers a broad spectrum of accommodation options, from grand hotels to small B&Bs. Those looking to make a business trip or extended visit to the town may want to consider serviced apartments, which can offer all the benefits of hotel accommodation, whilst giving guests the privacy of their own space.
The Squa.re can offer a portfolio of properties, which have been specifically selected for their ideal location, high standard of furnishing and selection of conveniences. Our venues offer fully equipped kitchen facilities, for true self-catering, secure access and WiFi as standard. Choosing a serviced apartment in Reading not only gives you added privacy, but it also offers the flexibility of a home-from-home.
Reading attracts visitors from both the business and the tourism world and provides them with a host of shopping and cultural amenities to suit every taste. The town has excellent sporting facilities, with Meadway Sports Centre and the Rivermead Leisure Complex offering a range of activities. Outside of the town centre, there are also many historic and heritage sights, including the Roman ruins at Silchester, or Basildon Park, with its manor house and immaculate grounds. Anyone wishing to learn about the history of the area may wish to visit the Reading museum, or the museum of English Rural Life.
The Oracle centre is Reading’s main place for retail opportunities, housing over 100 stores and services. It features offerings from all the major high street retailers, as well as a handful of independent stores. Further to the mall, the pedestrianised Broad street offers a host of further shops and amenities.
Thanks to its excellent transport links, getting around in Reading is sure to be no problem at all. Whilst the town centre has many places of interest within easy walking distance, there is also a comprehensive network of bus routes around the town and surrounding areas. There are several ticketing options, including the Boost card and Smartcard for saving money on multiple journeys.
Reading railway station is a major transport hub and features direct routes to many UK cities, including London, Bristol, Cardiff and Taunton. There are up to eight trains per hour to central London, and journey time can be as little as twenty five minutes on the faster services.
Reading also offers several taxi and private hire firms, which can provide a useful means for reaching the more remote landmarks in the town’s vicinity.
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