Local area

Local Area

There’s a whole load of fun and beautiful things to see and do in the local area, but here’s a handpicked selection of just some of our favourite ones.

Reading Abbey Ruins

Explore 900 years of history in the impressive ruins of Reading Abbey in the city centre.

Reading Museum

Discover more about Reading’s local history at this free entry museum which includes exhibitions, galleries and events for children and adults alike.

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

You may need a car for this one but it’s well worth the visit if you’re a fan of the hit period drama, Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle is set in a 1000 acre park boasting incredible views over the North Hampshire Downs.

Follow the Thames Path

Admire the villages that lie along Berkshire’s waterway and stop off for a well-deserved bite to eat at one of the country pubs along the way.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Enjoy a peaceful stroll down the canal and leave the hustle and bustle of the city. Spot the canal boats as they gently sail on water and observe the abundance of wildlife along the way.

View Island

Formerly a derelict boatyard, this little island near Caversham Lock contains several wooden, chainsaw-carved sculptures with grassy paths and seating.

West Berkshire Brewery

Book a space at this taproom and enjoy some of the freshest beer brewed in the heart of Berkshire.

The Museum of English Rural Life

Learn how the skills and experience of farmers and craftspeople have helped to shape our current lives and how they’ll impact the future.

Opening Hours

Rooftop Bar (Winter opening times)

Sunday –  Thursday: closed

Friday: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Saturday: 12.00pm – 10.00pm

Market Hall, Vault & Mezzanine

Sunday & Monday: closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 4.00pm – 10pm

Friday: 4.00pm – 11.00pm

Saturday: 12.00pm – 11.00pm

December Opening Times

24th December – 28th December: closed

Kitchen Hours

Tuesday – Thursday: 4.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday & Saturday: 12.00pm – 9.30pm

Hotel Hours

Open 7 days per week

Last check in 11pm

Last check out 11am

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