Reading Museum

Reading Museum is in the centre of Reading in the Town Hall. The main entrance is via sliding glass doors on Blagrave Street.

Public transport

We are only a two minute walk from Reading train station and main bus stops. We recommend using public transport or park and ride to reach central Reading. For local bus services including park and ride go to the Reading Buses website.

Car

If you are coming by car, from the M4 Junction 10 follow the A329M towards the A4 and town centre. From M4 Junction 11 follow the A33 towards the town centre and from M4 Junction 12 follow the A4 to the town centre. The museum postcode is RG1 1QH. The Museum does not have its own car park but there are six Blue Badge parking spaces at the front of the building and nearby public car parks include Garrard Street and Queen’s Road. Alternatively use one of the three park and ride buses to the centre of Reading.

Coach

There is a coach set-down point on Valpy Street, opposite the Museum. Please note it is then necessary to cross Valpy Street to access the Museum entrance at the front of the building.

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Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock

The Riverside Museum is about 20 minutes walk from Reading train station and Reading Museum, off Kenavon Drive, see the bottom of this page for a downloadable walking route. Access is through the car park of the Bel and the Dragon restaurant, where facilities and refreshments are available.

Bus number 17 from the town centre stops on nearby King's Road, outside the Prudential offices (Huntley & Palmers stop), it is then a short walk along Gasworks Road to the site.

From the M4 Junction 10 follow the A329M towards the town centre (you will end up on the A4, London Road on the map). From Junction 11 follow the A33 towards the town centre. From Junction 12 follow the A4 to the town centre. There is limited parking - remember to collect a car park token from Bel and the Dragon to exit the site when the barrier is in use. The nearest public car park is at Queen’s Road. Alternatively use park and ride buses to the centre of Reading. The site postcode is RG1 3DH.

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The Abbey Quarter

The Abbey Quarter encompasses the former grounds of Reading Abbey. It includes the Abbey Ruins, the Abbey Gateway, Reading Gaol, the Forbury Gardens and the surrounding area including Reading Museum.

Please see above for details of how to get to the Museum - we suggest you begin your visit on the ground floor where there are displays about the Quarter and further information. The Abbey Ruins are a 5 to 10 minute walk away through the Forbury Gardens. The Ruins reopen after conservation on 16 June 2018. See our Abbey Quarter website for more information.

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Abbey Quarter Map
Reading's Abbey Quarter