Information CentresPlaces to go for local tourist information
|Reading Visitor Centre||Reading centre||Church House, Chain St, Reading||0118 956 6226|
|Visitor centre & travel shop - tourist information for the Reading area.
Places to visit
|Calleva Roman Town|
|Remains of the ancient Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. Town wall and ampitheatre exist. Free entry every day of the year.One of only three Roman towns in the country to be as well preserved, having been totally abandoned when the Romans left and so never built on.
|Look Out Discovery Centre||Bagshot Rd||Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell||01344 354 400|
|Science and Nature Exhibition, nature walks, cycle trails, picnic area, children's play area, mountain bike hire. Coffee shop, free parking. Open daily 10 - 5pm. From J3/M3 or J10/M4; opposite Coral Reef.
|Basildon Park||Lower Basildon||Lower Basildon, Reading||0118 984 3040|
|National Trust 18th century stately home, garden and woodland walks. 2 miles from Beale Wildlife Park. Open part week, April - September.
|Beale Wildlife Park||Lower Basildon||Lower Basildon, Reading||0118 984 5172|
hundreds of exotic birds - deer park - pets' corner
beautiful gardens - tropical house - riverside walks - picnic areas
narrow guage railway - paddling pools - sand pits - play areas - river cruises - education centre
free parking - cafe - gift shop - disabled facilities
|Cole Museum of Zoology||[Basingstoke Rd]||University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading||0118 931 8466|
|Situated in the foyer of the School of Animal and Microbial Sciences. 4000 specimens open to the public from Monday to Friday.
|Dinton Pastures Country Park||Hurst||Davis St, Hurst, Reading||0118 934 2016|
|Explore meadows, rivers and lakes full of wild life. Open daily dawn to dusk. Entry is free.
|Kennet & Avon Canal Visitor Centre||Padworth||Wharf Side, Padworth, Reading||0118 971 2868|
|Mapledurham House and Watermill||Mapledurham Village||Mapledurham Village, Reading||0118 972 3350|
|Elizabethan house with one of the last working water mills. Gardens, tea room, gift shop. Open some weekends.
|Museum of Berkshire Aviation||Woodley||Mohawk Way, Woodley, Reading|
|Aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited, along with records and archives.
|Museum of English Rural Life||[Basingstoke Rd]||University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading||0118 378 8663|
|Situated in the Rural History Centre. Farming, rural crafts & industries, and country life 1850 to 1950. Open to public Tues - Sat
|Museum of Reading||Reading centre||The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading||0118 939 9800|
|Museum of the archaeology, history, natural history, and art, of the Reading area.
|Stratfield Saye House||Stratfield Saye||Stratfield Saye Park, Stratfield Saye, Reading||01256 882 882|
|Home of the Dukes of Wellington. Exhibition about the Iron Duke. Gardens. 2 miles from Wellington Country Park. Closed throughout 20002 for renovations.
|Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology||[Basingstoke Rd]||University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading||0118 931 6599|
|Situated in the Department of Classics. 2000 objects open to public most weekdays, but check in advance.
|Wellington Country Park||Riseley||Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading||0118 932 6444|
Country park for family and group activities. Childrens' activities include: adventure playground and crazy golf for older children, and for the younger ones rides on the miniature railway, and the Childrens' Animal Farm where animals can be handled and petted. There are woodland trails and picnic areas, a cafeteria, coffee shop and gift shop.
A large lake has boating and pedaloes for hire, and fishing, and there is a camping and caravan site for overnight stay.
Family events throughout the season.
|California Country Park||Finchampstead||Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, Wokingham||0118 973 0028|
|Woodlands and lake, play area and paddling pool. Free entry, open daily dawn to dusk.