Dating back to the 8th Century, by the 18th Century Reading became a major iron works town with the added benefit of a brewing trade, home to one of England's biggest music festivals "Reading Festival", it is 66 km west of London. It is a "who's who" of VIPs that were either born here, lived here or who knows what here: Kate Middleton and of course her sister Pippa, Kate Winslet, Oscar Wilde, Bryan Adams, Natalie Dormer of The Game of Thrones and Hunger Games fame, Jane Austin and even the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, was born here, with the rumor mill having the Dalai Lama visiting occasionally.
If you are seeking a bit of peace and solitude, head to the ruins of Reading Abbey and the Forbury Gardens. For a bit of "dwarfism" go to the Pendon Museum and you will be able to gawk at miniature scenes of the 1930 English countryside complete with trains, cottages and farms. The mysterious Stonehenge cannot be left off the list of places to visit, as this prehistoric structure of sandstone has the ghosts of Druids past (despite being disproved) and an altar stone that conjures up sacrifices on certain lunar occurrences. Dressed up boats and meandering cruises happen during the Barge Festival each year, whilst across from the River Kennett, the Reading Abbey sits, that was one of the most wealthiest monasteries in Medieval England.
Never fear if you are caught at the Reading Train Station waiting for a train to go by, apparently the beer, food and the Internet access is amazing. You can even catch a rugby game on the big screen TV, as there is always another train to wherever you are going.
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