Adventures around Readingwith PlusBus

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Fascinating museums, a ruined abbey, a famous gaol, a festival, lots of pubs and cafés and some terrific walks along the Thames, one of the town’s two rivers: Reading has a lot going for it. The town is home to more than 300,000 people. It’s bigger than cities like Newcastle, Nottingham, and Oxford; in fact, it’s the UK’s largest urban area not to have city status. And now, at one end of the new Elizabeth Line, it’s easier to get to than ever. Add PlusBus to your train ticket and you can hop on the bus to explore Reading’s hidden gems.

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  • Great for: animals | art | aviation history | bird watching | museums | riverside walks | rural history | walking |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Museum of Berkshire Aviation and beyond

    For a different kind of adventure, head to the Museum of Berkshire Aviation, on the old Woodley Airfield, which was once at the heart of a busy aircraft industry. Bus 13 runs directly from Reading Station to Woodley Airfield. Get off the bus at the stop called Herald Way, cross the road, and follow the brown sign for 50 metres down Mohawk Way (the road names are all inspired by the planes that were built here).

    • The museum is open Wednesdays and Sundays (Saturdays and bank holidays too in summer) and has all kinds of planes that were built on the site. One of the best known of all the many aircraft on display is the Handley Page Herald that was flown all over South American by Prince Philip.
    • For fabulous picnic spots nearby, there are paths and lanes beyond the museum looping around Dinton Pastures Country Park. The River Loddon snakes past Black Swan Lake and Heron Water. As the names suggest, there are plenty of birds to spot and some hides to help you watch them.
    • The newly-refurbished Jolly Farmer pub is less than a mile away in Hurst with a big garden and a legendary Sunday roast. Walk back to Herald Way to catch bus 13 back to Reading.