Help me plan my stay in Reading, UK!
March 5, 2013 7:59 PM Subscribe
Mr. msmanners is being sent to the UK for 2-3 months and he's bringing me and the kids. We're staying in Reading and he's commuting to Newbury. Help us figure this out. We leave in 1 week, my head is spinning!
posted by msmanners to travel & transportation around Reading, England (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
With 2 kids under 4, it's been recommended we stay in Reading instead of Newbury as there is more to see and do and it's closer to London. But Newbury is an option - is it worth considering?
Where would be the best areas to stay in Reading? Somewhere central that's walkable with activities for the kids nearby and highway access for his commute. Safe and quiet at night would be nice as well.
My husband's expenses will be covered by his work, but not for myself or the kids. We'll be in an extended stay apartment with a kitchen, so how much should I budget for weekly groceries plus the occasional dinner out?
I was thinking of heading into London by train frequently but fell out of my chair when I saw the cost! And the kids were free! Are there more economical passes I can buy or is renting a car a better option?
At home we like to get around on our bicycles, is Reading a cycling friendly town? Are there any bike rentals or do I have to purchase a bike or ship mine from home?
I've heard that admission is free to museums, galleries and such. If that's not the case (or there are hidden costs) what can I expect to pay to take my kids for frequent adventures?
Bonus for weekend daytrip recommendations outside of London.
Any information is greatly appreciated.