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Car hire in Reading

Reading is a great place from which to explore the south of England and London. Situated just 30 miles from Heathrow Airport (LHR), its location just off the M4 motorway means it's easy to get to some of the country's top attractions by car.

What I need to know

Due to its location, Reading is a popular place to rent a car, and there are more than a dozen options to choose from in and around the area. Therefore, be sure to compare car hire in order to make sure you're always getting the best deal.

Where to pick up my car

Not all Reading car rental outlets are close to the town centre, so be sure you know exactly where your chosen option is and how to get there. If you are looking for options within easy reach of the centre, you can find several on or near the main Caversham Road thoroughfare.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

Reading and the surrounding county of Berkshire offers a wide range of attractions. Whether you want to watch the boats go past on the Thames, indulge in some retail therapy or explore the many stately homes and country parks in the area, there'll be something for you.

Nearby Reading

In the heart of the Thames Valley, there are a wealth of exciting things to do within a short drive of Reading. Around 20 miles to the east is Windsor, where you can visit the historic castle, which is the largest inhabited castle in the world and an official residence of the royal family.

Longer drives

One of the great things about Reading is it puts one of the most vibrant cities on the planet, London within easy reach. You can be in the heart of the city in just over an hour, where you can enjoy its world-class entertainment, shopping and sightseeing.

Eating and drinking

One of the best things to do in this part of the world is partake in the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea. You'll find many quaint cafes and tea shops throughout Berkshire where you can enjoy tea, sandwiches and scones in peaceful surroundings.

Things to do

Sports fans can take advantage of the fact that Reading is close to not just one, but two, great racecourses. While Royal Ascot may be the most famous event, there are meetings at the course throughout the year, as is the case at Newbury. This is just over half an hour to the west, and has been voted Racecourse of the Year five times in a row.


Reading has many beautiful parks and estates, such as Basildon Park, a National Trust property where you can explore the 18th century house and its 400 acres of surrounding parkland. Other sights in the town include Reading Abbey and the Abbey Gateway, where novelist Jane Austen was once educated.