New homes in Reading
The county town of , Reading lies in the Thames Valley and offers an excellent location within . Only 40 miles west of , places like , and are nearby, while houses in Reading are less than half an hour from on the train.
From museums and arts centres, to medieval stately homes, parks and gardens, Reading also has a historic university and all the shops, bars and restaurants you need. A popular spot for so many reasons, you’ll need to be quick with our developments closest to Reading below.
Live the Reading life
A lively town that offers many of the amenities you’d usually find in a city, more and more people are buying a home in Reading in order to commute to London. Whether this is a top priority for you, or you’re simply taken by the town’s charm, head over to our latest offers page for more details about schemes like the Help to Buy programme in the South East. Or read on for lots more handy information about the town of Reading.
Things to see and do in Reading
The town centre is packed with things to do, with culture vultures fully catered for. Head to the Museum of English Rural Life and the Lemon Grove Gallery, as well as South Street Arts Centre and the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. You can even see Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry at the superb Reading Museum.
If you prefer to spend your time exploring outdoor environments, Wellington Country Park and Dinton Pastures Country Park are must-visits. Go for a stroll around the ruins of Reading Abbey and Forbury Gardens, take the dog for a runaround in Prospect Park, and hit the Oracle’s shops for some new things. Out of town, don’t miss walks in the Chiltern Hills, the views from Hartslock or the scenery at the Caversham Lakes.
Reading has a great selection of schools, which includes plenty of options rated as outstanding by Ofsted. The Heights Primary School, All Saints Junior School and Caversham Primary are all in this category, along with secondaries such as UTC Reading, Kendrick School and Reading School. If you’re searching for top local independents, Abbey School, Leighton Park School and the all-through Deenway Montessori School are among the best choices.
Reading transport links
The attraction of Reading is partly connected to the town’s burgeoning transport links. The new Elizabeth Line provides fast, direct services into the heart of London, perfect for commuting or heading into the capital for a day or night out. The Elizabeth Line also connects international travellers to Heathrow Airport.
Reading is also served by plenty of other train and bus routes, as well as the M4 motorway, which runs just to the south of town. You can jump on this to drive to London in around an hour, while it’s 45 minutes to Swindon and an hour and 15 minutes to Bristol.
The Reading property scene
Emerging as a property hotspot, the local market in Reading is vibrant and exciting. Lots of new properties are coming to market all the time, while you can also find stunning developments just outside town in areas like Crowthorne and Basingstoke. Wherever you decide to settle down, don’t miss initiatives like our Movemaker scheme if you have a home to sell as part of your move.