THREE BEST RATED READING PLACES TO VISIT

Best Places To Visit in Reading, UK

Handpicked Top 3 Places To Visit in Reading. How do we actually find the most highly rated places to visit? Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. That's not all... businesses do not pay us to list them. You deserve only the best!

READING MUSEUM

The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

Since 1883

Museum, Events, Activities, Tourist Attraction, Exhibitions, Archaeology Collections, Art Collections, History Collections, Natural History Collections, World Collections, Concerts, Permanent Galleries, Cafe, Shop, Access, Family Programs, Group Visits, School Visits & Events

Free Admission - They have almost 500,000 accessioned objects of archaeology, art, natural history, social history and world cultures - Provide award-winning opportunities for learning, inspiration and enjoyment

curator@readingmuseum.org.uk
readingmuseum.org.uk

Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun & Mon Closed

I do love the palpable sense of history and culture that you get from a museum and Reading Museum certainly provides that in spadeloads. With a hefty nod towards local culture, there is much devoted to Reading Abbey, Silchester and how Reading acquired the nickname of 'Biscuit Town'. The astonishing facsimile of the Bayeux Tapestry is absolutely unmissable (look out for the amusing example of Victorian censorship) and the gallery devoted to Roman Silchester/Calleva was my personal favourite.
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THE MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

Since 1951

Museum, Exhibitions, Collections, Displays, Family Programs, Reading Room, Group Visits, Refreshments, Garden, Learning Programs, Family Learning Programs, Students Programs, Groups Programs, Schools Programs, Communities Programs, Events & Shop

Free Admission - The museum looks after 22,000 objects dating from the last 200 years - It is designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse - The location was formerly known as East Thorpe House and then St. Andrews Hall

merl@reading.ac.uk
reading.ac.uk/themerl

Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Last Thu of the month 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Sat & Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon Closed

Right when we walked in, we were greeted by the friendliest docent. She made sure we had all the information we needed before heading inside, and was so pleasant! The museum is very well done. We enjoyed learning about the history of the region through the artifacts on display. They even had some interactive games for kids to keep it interesting for them. They have a nice garden outside, and a small cafe inside. It's not huge, so you can get through it in about an hour if you're quick.
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COLE MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY

University of Reading, Reading RG6 6UA

Since 2004

Museum, Exhibitions, Collections, Displays, Events, Programs, Group Bookings, Learning Programs, School Parties, Educational Tours, Virtual Tour & Shop

The collection was established in the early 20th century by Francis J. Cole (Professor of Zoology), Dr Nellie B. Eales (who catalogued the collection) and Mr Stoneman - It contains some 3500 specimens of which about 400 are on display at any one time

colemuseum@reading.ac.uk
reading.ac.uk/colemuseum

Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Sat & Sun Closed

Our 7 year old boy was very excited to see the skeletons and all the different preserved species. It was very interesting for us parents as well. There is an interesting cabinet with bugs drawers, an elephant skeleton, various taxidermied animals, carefully separated by families in different cabinets. Very educational for the kids and adults. We loved it!
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