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Reading is a city of approx. 150,000 inhabitants (2010), located in Berkshire – about halfway between London and Oxford. If you include the surrounding metropolitan area, its population rises to about 250,000. The rivers Thames and Kennet meet in Reading.
Reading is an important commercial center. Here, in fact several major UK and multinational companies have their headquarters – including IT companies Microsoft and Oracle. Reading is also a center for such insurance and education.
Otherwise Reading known as a festival. Every year in August, a big rock festival in the city. Together with a partner festival Leeds, marketed festival called “Carling Weekend”.
There are several interesting museums in Reading. In addition to the main museum “Reading Museum” – one can visit the more specialized “The River and Rowing Museum ‘in Henley (just north of Reading) or” The Museum of English Rural Life “- such as documenting the English peasant culture.
The nearest international airport is London Heathrow International Airport, located 49 km west of Reading.