Reading Museum is in the centre of Reading in the Town Hall. The main entrance is on Blagrave Street.
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.
If you are coming by car we recommend that you use park and ride to reach the centre of Reading.
If you do drive into central Reading 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 three Blue Badge parking spaces at the front of the building and nearby public car parks include Reading Station and Queen’s Road.
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.
Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock
The Riverside Museum is about 20 minutes walk from Reading train station and Reading Museum, off Kenavon Drive or Gasworks Road, see the bottom of this page for a downloadable walking route. Access is through the car park of The Narrowboat pub, 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 - you may need to collect a car park token from The Narrowboat pub 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.
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 Museum 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. See our Abbey Quarter pages for more information.
Abbey Quarter map
Reading's Abbey Quarter. Dotted lines show footpaths