Reading, Reading Museum, Bayeux Tapestry replica

What to See
You’ll find accounts of Reading’s tourist attractions with information on shopping, eating out etc at Living Reading, or Reading Arts and Reading local authority website for forthcoming events. Links to local attractions include:

‘Access to the platforms from the north side is via an escalator modelled on the set of A Matter of Life and Death’

Cole Museum of Zoology
Forbury Gardens & Abbey Quarter
Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Museum of English Rural Life
Reading Museum
Royal Berkshire Medical Museum
Waterside Walk

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“If the citizens worry about their town getting ideas above its station, they can pour money into building an exceptionally elaborate station.”
“As for the town itself, the Reading Museum has a rare treasure: a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. You’ll find it on the first floor, and after such a slight climb it cannot be the stairs that take your breath away.”
“If the choice facing you is the Reading Bayeux Tapestry or a football match featuring Oldham Athletic, go for the life and vitality and sheer beauty of the Tapestry. The game in April 1997 was the penultimate in Oldham’s 23-year spell in the top two divisions. They were so woeful that a visit to see a carefully printed T-shirt would have been more exciting.”
These are taken from the Reading chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email