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Top 5 Day Trips to Take from Reading to Explore the UK

One of the main reasons students come to our Homestay and study abroad in Reading or UK Boarding students use our Homestay during exeat is its convenient location relative to other compelling destinations in the UK. 


Reading is located West of London on the official London tube map.


From our Homestay, you can access Theale train station just 0.7 miles down the road with a Direct train to London-Paddington in 28 min, and Reading's main central train station is 20-min away by Bus.

The bus station is only a 1-min walk from our Homestay and IKEA retail Park to access the whole country at your fingertips! 


Here are the top five day trips that we recommend taking…


  • Oxford

Accessible in just a 29-min train ride, reading residents can visit the oldest University in the world, famous for its alumni, including Stephen Hawking, C.S. Lewis, and Hugh Grant. Visit Christ Church College, the Bodleian Library, and other famous architectural sites to experience your picturesque English scenery. 


  • The Cotswolds

In under a couple of hours, you can be transported into the epitome of the quaint, beautiful English countryside by taking a train to The Cotswolds. You will see old, thatched roofs, Warwick Castle, gorgeous rivers, and nature-packed scenery on The Cotswold Way National Trail. 


  • Bath

Known for its Roman-built baths, visitors will be swept away by the stunning architecture and beauty of the city of Bath. You will also see the Royal Crescent, one of the most famous Georgian architectural buildings, Bath University, the Abbey, etc. 


  • Cambridge

Visit this old university town (and Oxford rival) to experience English life at its finest. In Cambridge, you can explore the colleges, go for punting tours along the river, and see an array of art, history, and science museums and exhibitions. 


  • London

Last but not least, and only 23-minutes away by train from Reading central with the newest and fastest Elisabeth line, London is a compulsory trip! The world-famous city and nation’s capital has endless food, entertainment, outdoor spaces, museums, historical attractions and sights to experience, from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London, London Eye, and Tower Bridge. 

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