What you should know before hiring a car in Reading
Car hires in Reading: practical information
Where to rent a car in Reading
Just a hop away from London, Reading has its own sites and attractions to boast about. Thinking of spending part of your holidays in Reading? We don't blame you! Of course, due to Reading's proximity with the capital, the easiest way to get there by via flights to London and then with a cheap car rental from the airport. Touch down at any of London's airport: Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, City or Stansted, all of them have a number of car hire companies that can help you get to Reading.
Why not pick up a car hire Reading city instead, or a car hire Reading train station? Reading has all the major car rental companies represented including Budget, Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis and Hertz. If you need a car hire Reading train station, Avis is the closest, located on The Forbury.
Driving in Reading: parking and other tips
Reading has considerably less traffic than both London and Oxford but the city centre can get cluttered up at peak times during the day. It's almost essential to have a discount car hire while visiting Reading if you want to visit the countryside and any local villages. There is ample parking in Reading from car parks to Pay & Display spots on the street. Some parking spots cost as much as £2.50/hour. If you're parking for the day, expect £14-24/day.
Alternatively you can use the city's free Park & Ride scheme outside the city limits and then take public transportation into the city. You can also try hotels in Reading with parking facilities, although some charge extra to park your car rentals in Reading in their lots.
Road trips from Reading: what to do, what to see
Caversham, just on the northern side of the Thames, is a particularly interesting place to visit in England. It is known as the place with the earliest evidence of mankind in all of England and made made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records because of it. Don't miss the Holy Well, a popular spot for making wishes (just be careful what you wish for!), just up on Priest Hill.
Further up the river you'll come across Henley-on-Thames, a very pretty town that is only about 20 minutes drive away from Reading with a rent car. It is home to the famous rowing tournament, the Henley Royal Regatta held every year in late June. It's a high profile event, attended by the royal family, and not to be missed if you can manage a ticket. Rowing is a big thing here, so check out the River and Rowing Museum in Mill Meadows.
Winchester is full of historic sights and a beautiful cathedral. Winchester is right along the M3 from Reading. Once you get into town ditch your low cost car hire from Reading and walk the town. It's small enough to explore on foot. First stop is the famous Winchester Cathedral, from 1079. It has the longest Gothic nave in the world. The nearby Dean Garnier Gardens are also nice.