Leamington Spa to Reading

Elegance galore on a journey that stylishly links lovely Leamington Spa, with iconic Oxford and pulsating Reading


Advance fares from £30.10, the Off Peak 'turn up and go' fare is £55.60

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No. of Attractions:

11 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

61 minutes

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Starting point:

Leamington Spa Railway Station

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Journey fact:

Reading has an interesting connection to the Victorian novel "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells. The author lived in Wokingham, a nearby town, while writing the book. Reading is mentioned in the novel as the place where the invisible protagonist reveals himself for the first time by removing his bandages in a local inn.

Journey Overview

The scenery is ever so pleasing on the eye on this pleasant journey. Leamington Spa station, with it grand architecture and blooming gardens on the platform, harking back to a bygone age of travel gives way to soft, undulating pastures, gentle rolling hills as Warwickshire hands over to Oxfordshire, with the mix of modernity and historic in Banbury passed through.

Pretty farmlands, quaint villages and remote countryside are replaced with the bustle of Oxfordshire and some of the vintage academic buildings can be seen from a slight distance from the train as the station approaches.

It’s onto Reading now, deep into Oxfordshire first, as the route joins the main Great Western Railway line at Didcot and the sight of the famous power station and famous Didcot Railway Centre with its collection of steam locomotives and railway artifacts. More pretty fields and the attractive Didcot Town Football Club backing onto the line appear into view too.

Before long, the train is into Berkshire and the vibrant Reading with its sprawling approach of converging lines, before the busy railway station and links to London, as well as great nightlife and eclectic shops!


A Fab Day Out!

Start your day in Leamington Spa, a charming town known for its Regency architecture and lush green parks. Begin with a visit to the Royal Pump Rooms and Gardens, a historic spa complex that houses a museum showcasing the town’s spa heritage. Explore the elegant gardens surrounding the Pump Rooms, perfect for a leisurely morning stroll.

Next, hop on a train towards Oxford. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the intellectual and cultural hub of Oxford University. Start with a visit to the Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum, where you can admire a diverse collection of art and artifacts spanning centuries and cultures. Don’t miss the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, offering guided tours that reveal its impressive architecture and literary treasures. Maybe try the fabulous City Sightseeing Tour which gives a great insight into the diversity of this amazing place and all the fab sights – check out this link to find out more – Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours of Oxford – City Sightseeing Oxford

For lunch, explore the bustling Covered Market, filled with a variety of food stalls offering everything from gourmet sandwiches to international cuisine. Afterward, take a leisurely walk through the historic streets, passing by iconic colleges such as Christ Church and Magdalen, each with their own stories and architectural splendour.

Catch a train to Reading in the afternoon, a vibrant town along the Thames known for its blend of historical sites and modern amenities. Start at Reading Abbey Ruins, where you can explore the remains of a medieval monastery and learn about its rich history dating back to the 12th century. Nearby, visit the Museum of Reading, which houses exhibitions on the town’s industrial heritage and literary connections.

As the day winds down, stroll along the scenic riverside paths of the Thames, offering tranquil views and a chance to unwind before dinner. Head to the Oracle Shopping Centre for a meal at one of its many restaurants overlooking the water, or explore the independent cafes and pubs tucked away in Reading’s charming streets.

Finish your day with a visit to Forbury Gardens, a peaceful oasis in the heart of Reading’s town centre. Admire the Victorian bandstand and floral displays before catching a train back to Leamington Spa, reflecting on a day filled with history, culture, and picturesque landscapes.

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