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It is no secret that Reading has a lot to offer, from its brilliant job opportunities, accessible transport (such as trains with a direct line to London), some of Berkshire’s best restaurants, bars and clubs, parks and historic ruins.

Let’s not forget to mention that Reading has yet again been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation for a great night time economy.

But one significant factor which contributes to the triumph of Reading as a leading destination is The Oracle shopping centre.

The Oracle is a large indoor shopping centre located on the banks of the River Kennet in Reading and is home to more than 80 stores. The possibilities are endless at The Oracle, there is never a dull moment and there is something for everyone!

We have put together a list of reasons why you should visit The Oracle centre…

1. Family friendly

We know it can be hard to keep the kids entertained on weekends or during the half term, but you will find that The Oracle is a family friendly location and is guaranteed to keep the kids happy.

There are allocated parking spaces for young families and a family room located by the customer toilets so parents can feed their babies. It also features a private side room, changing spaces and a play area for all children.

Additionally, Pizza Hut and Pizza Express are able to host pizza-making events for birthday parties, and Vue Cinema currently offers cheap tickets for kids on Saturdays and during the week throughout school holidays.

Furthermore, you will be pleased to know that The Oracle has many security measures in place to ensure the safety of all visitors, so you can relax when you visit knowing you and your family are in safe hands.

We should also mention that The Oracle welcomes dogs in the centre, so feel free to bring your furry friend along with you!

2. Fun seasonal events

The Oracle hosts special seasonal events for the public. This summer the events include Roller Land; an indoor roller skating event, and The Mojito Beach Bar; a fun riverside bar which features live music, private booths, a sandy beach, and roof terrace seats!

3. Great restaurants

Once you have built up an appetite after a day of shopping, enjoy one of the vast selection of restaurants, cafes and takeaways The Oracle has for you to visit, including TGI Fridays, Five Guys, Slug & Lettuce, Cafe Nero to name a few.

With the majority of the restaurants placed along the river side, after your delicious meal you could take a relaxing walk along the river and enjoy the view of the beautiful River Kennet.

4. Vue cinema

Visit the Vue Cinema to watch the latest movies, eat morish popcorn and drink the famous Fanta Ice Blast. Don’t forget, kids cinema tickets are currently exceptionally discounted on Saturdays and during the week throughout school holidays!

5. The River Kennet

The Oracle was cleverly built around the River Kennet, so the water flows through the middle of the centre. This unique feature definitely makes The Oracle a one of a kind and must visit! Restaurants sit on either side of the river, which allows visitors to enjoy the beautiful view over some dinner or a few drinks.

And depending on when you visit, you can book a wonderful boat trip along the River Kennet which takes you through The Oracle! To enquire, click the link here.

6. Home to the best fashion retailers

The Oracle is host to some of the best fashion retailers, from Hollister, Superdry, Levis, House of Fraser, NEXT and more! If you are a lover of fashion then you can certainly shop until you drop at The Oracle.

Stay with House of Fisher

Our Reading apartments, 100 Kings Road and City Wall House, are conveniently close to The Oracle shopping centre and other popular attractions for you to visit, providing you with the perfect opportunity to enjoy your day out, come back and relax in our beautifully furnished and fully serviced apartments, which include air conditioning (not all units at City Wall House, check before booking).

Our apartments can be found in seven different locations; Reading, Newbury, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Basingstoke, Camberley, and Farnborough, all of which offer useful transport links via the M3 and M4 motorways, and train links to London and/or Windsor.

If you are looking for the perfect accommodation when you visit Reading, Berkshire, stay with House of Fisher, we will be happy to welcome you.

We encourage you to book directly through our website and advanced booking engine or by calling our reservations team on 01189 514151. Click here to read the wealth of benefits from doing this and remember booking directly with House of Fisher is the only way to guarantee you will pay the lowest price.

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