Reading was first mentioned in 871AD when the Viking army spent a winter on the high ground between the River Thames and River Kennet. Reading Abbey, now the heart of Reading's Abbey Quarter, was one of Europe's largest and wealthiest medieval buildings and is the burial place of King Henry I of England. A walk around Reading shows evidence in historic buildings and monuments from all periods, especially characteristic brick architecture exemplified by our Victorian Town Hall. Reading Museum is located inside the Town Hall and is a good place to start exploring Reading's rich history and heritage.

Find out more about how to explore Reading's heritage on the Living Reading website.