Destination guide

Experience the charm of Reading in holiday lettings

Situated in the heart of southern England less than 100 km from London you’ll find the bustling town of Reading, where you can experience centuries of history with modern amenities from holiday lettings. Whether you want to shop at the historic marketplace or visit the ruins of a 12th-century abbey, Reading has something for all types of travellers. If you are ready for the rich heritage of England and unsurpassed cuisine, Reading awaits your holiday.


Heritage sites near your Reading holiday rental

Reading is a historic town that traces its roots well over a millennium ago to the days of Roman occupation and Viking conquest. One of its most famous attractions is also one of its oldest, as the Reading Abbey dates back to the 12th century. The abbey is mostly ruins now, but you still can see walls, archways and stone buildings that represent centuries of rich history near villa rentals. You can get a fascinating glimpse into historic life in the countryside at the Reading Museum of English Rural Life. For insight into the noble life of the 18th century, Basildon Park is a heritage-listed site that offers you the chance to tour a Georgian manor and its sprawling gardens.


Activities and attractions in Reading

Are you searching for attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Reading a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Legoland (14 mi / 22.5 km)
  • Thorpe Park (20.2 mi / 32.4 km)
  • Caversham Golf Club (2.8 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Lagoona Park (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Stanlake Park Wine Estate (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Beale Park (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Reading

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Reading is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Forbury Gardens (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Prospect Park (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Pincents Hill (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Dinton Pastures Country Park (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Wellington Country Park (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • California Country Park (6.8 mi / 11 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Reading

Fly into London (LHR-Heathrow), the closest airport, located 22.4 mi (36.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Oxford (OXF), which is 29.8 mi (48 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Reading Station, Reading West Station and Reading Earley Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Getting to and around Reading holiday homes

As Reading is a large town with a healthy influx of visitors throughout the year, you’ll find a comprehensive transport system around holiday cottages. For those travelling from overseas, Reading is supported by London’s six international airports. From London you can catch one of the trains that run day and night with a travel time of only about an hour, and there are many coaches and buses that make the trip as well. If you would enjoy a day trip to the Reading countryside or surrounding boroughs, the bus and train lines can get you to countless desirable destinations. Around Reading you may find it most convenient to ride the bus to and from your holiday lettings, while walking also is a great choice for taking in the scenic history throughout town. Taxis, car hires and cycles are practical choices to see as much of Reading and its countryside villages as possible.

Food & drink 

Sample cuisine near Reading holiday cottages

If you are in the mood to wet your whistle, you’ll find a plethora of cocktail lounges, wine bars and pubs near your holiday rental. Some parts of Reading have developed a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and you can find internationally themed pubs with craft beers and a wider selection of spirits. If a traditional South West British meal would suit your fancy, you can easily find a local spot serving Sunday roast beef with sides of potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Because of the close proximity to London, you have the opportunity to enjoy bangers and mash as well. You can finish off a great meal with a dessert of sweet and fruity spotted dick pudding.

Essential info

Key facts for your holiday rental in Reading

Reading has an immense heritage to experience, in both the town and the surrounding region, so you’ll want to know some important information to maximise your holiday rental. Reading is a large town with an estimated population of over 300,000 people. You will likely get great mobile coverage due to its size and proximity to London, and to dial local numbers you can use the 118 area code. Reading is considered a safe area for outside travellers, but it’s always advised to practice caution and drink responsibly. For any medical or crisis situations, the emergency services number is 999. Tipping a server or bartender is common practice in the U.K., and the local currency is the British pound.

How many holiday rentals are available around Reading?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 198 holiday lettings around Reading. From 26 cabins to 118 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a town property in Reading?

Sometimes you've just got to stop and sniff the roses. Adjust to a slower pace of life and base yourself in the heart of a charming and unique village. HomeAway has 37 village getaway rentals here. Open to other ideas? HomeAway has plenty of other rental options to discover, including:

  • 25 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 25 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 20 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Reading?

There's something really cool and chic about staying in an apartment like a local. Whether it's a sprawling view you're looking for or just a place to kick back and relax, an apartment could be the ideal choice. HomeAway has 144 for you to browse here. How does £47 per night sound? That's what you're looking at spending if you don't put it off for too long! Or maybe you'd rather pick one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Hotel: 55 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £33 per night.
  • House: 42 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £15 per night.
  • Cottage: 19 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £65 per night.

Can I stay in Reading in a large group?

Getaways with your friends and loved ones can be so much fun, especially when you're staying under the one roof in a fantastic new place! If you'll be visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help you. 23 apartment holiday rentals are ready to be booked. At the moment, they're the most popular option here for large groups. In the area, rental properties that can house large groups of guests include:

  • On the hunt for rentals that can house 6 of you? We have 44 that will be ideal. The prices start from £89 per night.
  • If you have 5 in your family, you'll be thrilled to learn that there are 27 holiday rentals that are ideal. You can book one for as little as £55 a night.
  • Seeking places for rent catering to 8 guests? You'll be happy to find out we have 7 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as £135 per night.

You and the squad will be in good hands when you arrange your Reading getaway with us!