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Trains to Reading

Home of the world-famous Reading Festival, there's much more to this fun-loving city than a yearly dosage of mud, rock and roll. With shopping to rival most big cities, a thriving university and the nationally respected Victorian Forbury Gardens in its very heart, Reading will have you wide-eyed and giddy by the time you make it to the ancient Reading Abbey. Offering charming riverside walks and a thriving cafe culture, Reading is one city you simply don't want to miss.

Popular train routes to Reading

London to Reading
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Visiting Reading

Simply wandering the streets is a treat. Look out for the marvellous Norman cathedral, the City Hall clock tower and the cobbled streets of Elm Hill, Timber Hill and Tombland. Then go in search of the half-timber Dragon Hall and Strangers' Hall; the Art Nouveau 1899 Royal Arcade; the series of winding ancient lanes alongside the River Wensum; and Pull's Ferry, a 17th century house made of flint named after the river's last ferryman.

Founded in the eleventh century, Norwich Market is now the largest undercover market in Europe, and is a treasure trove of local foods and unusual trinkets. Open Monday to Saturday, it has an atmosphere to be savoured, with its stalls set out under bright, colourful canopies. If you're looking to get out of the city for a while, head to Mousehold Heath to the northeast of the centre.

A mix of heath and woodland with an easy-to-navigate network of paths, it also has superb views of Norwich - this is the place to be if you want to take in the skyline of cathedral, castle and City Hall. Finally, it's time for a pint. Belgian Monk is one of the best pubs in Britain, with a host of Belgian beers. Find it in the heart of historic Potter Gate Street.

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