Comfort Hotel Reading West
Reading, EN RG7 5HT
Phone: (44) 118 971-3282
Fax: (44) 118 971-4238
Bath Road Padworth, Reading, EN, GB, RG7 5HT
- Phone: (44) 118 971-3282
- Fax: (44) 118 971-4238
Douai Abbey is a monastery run by a group of monks who belong to the English Benedictine Congregation. This little monastery welcomes visitors who are inclined towards worship or want to learn more about it. Regular mass is celebrated here, while the monastery premises remain available for conferences or meetings of small size.
Church of St Mary the Virgin is a lovely parish church in Aldermaston. It dates back to the 12th Century and boasts of its beautiful Norman and Jacobean architecture. It also houses an organ that belongs to the year 1880.The church is highly active and it conducts regular services and prayers. The church has an aura of serenity and calm around it.
Sheffield Lock is a beautiful lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal and it dates back to the 18th Century. It is under the administration of the British Waterways. The lock is recognized as a scheduled ancient monument and is also a Grade II listed building according to the English Heritage.The Sheffield Lock was enlarged during the mid-18th Century and also has alterations from the 20th Century.
Calleva Atrebatum is believed to be a town that existed in Britannia. There were a lot of excavations conducted in this place. Today, the site is being taken care of by the English Heritage. It is freely accessible to the public and also has car parking facilities. The place is open during the day on all days. For more details about this abandoned Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, please visit the website.
Tilehurst Water Tower is hard to miss as it looms over the Tilehurst in in the town of Reading. This remarkable tower was constructed in 1932 and continues to supply water to higher level properties. Although serving a relatively mundane purpose, the tower itself makes a rather distinctive sight and provides a great photo opportunity.
Tilehurst's place of worship, Church of St Michael dates back to the 12th Century. The earliest element of the present day church building is its south aisle, constructed around the year 1300 and now apportioned as Lady Chapel. In the year 1855, Church of St Michael underwent restoration as per the design plan laid down by G.E. Street. In 1993, structural additions were made to Church of St Michael which included a garden, cloister and meeting facilities. In the year 1998, an electric organ replaced the earlier organ. English Heritage has marked Church of St Michael as a Grade II listed structure.
Church of St Mark in Reading is an ancient Anglican place of worship. The present day building of Church of St Mark dates back to the year 1904. Design plans for the church's building were laid down by Montague Wheeler, a Scottish architect based in Reading. Church of St Mark building is predominantly Arts and Crafts in its architectural style but also features Gothic influences. It is built with red bricks and adorned with stone embellishments, slate roofs and tile work. The interiors of Church of St Mark feature impressive fittings and fixtures, especially the ornate glasswork. English Heritage has marked Church of St Mark as a Grade II listed structure.
Mapledurham House stands proud in the Mapledurham estate. The place has two buildings one a large mansion and this one a relatively small house. This Elizabethan building has a long history of shifting hands due to marriages and deaths and sales. Now the cottage belongs to John Joseph Eyston,who lives there with his wife and kids. The place is worth visiting only to see the buildings. The grounds of the estate where the house is, also rents some villas on the compound for you to stay in. This is a fine place to indulge yourself, if you are history lovers.
Since 1817, the Stratfield Saye House has served as a home to the Duke of Wellington. This richly decorated stately home boasts of spectacular architecture and tastefully done up interiors that exude a typical English charm. The house and estate provide an insight into the life of the Duke. Apart from that, you also get to explore the beautiful paintings, splendid furniture and the grandiose funeral carriage of the Duke that are on display at the Stratfield Saye House. Only guided tours are allowed at the Stratfield Saye House. Check website for varying dates.
This otherwise quaint little farm, is set abuzz with activity during the Reading Festival. The likes of Marillion and Michael Schenker has set the stage on fire, and entranced the audiences with their performances here during the festival. This is a good place for you to visit as it gives you the taste of the local cultural life of the people of Reading around the year.
Richfield Avenue is the place you will have to head to for the very famous Reading Festival. The avenue is dotted with with a large number of hotels and eateries as well as shopping centers. You can spend an entire day in this area soaking in the atmosphere of the place and exploring several other events that take place here.
Also known as Abbey Mills, Abbey Mill is Reading is an erstwhile watermill in ruins. Reading Abbey originally owned Abbey Mill. Monks at Reading Abbey supposedly built the Holy Brook to provide water supply to the abbey as well as other mills under their ownership. Abbey Mill building straddles this Holy Brook and forms the south end border of the abbey. Presently, all that is left of the Abbey Mill is a part of its wall and three arches.