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Getting here

7-minute walk from Reading train station.

7-minute walk from Friar Street bus station.

More information about Reading

Training in Reading

Reading is a county town in Berkshire, England. Reading is a large economic centre, particularly for information technology and insurance. It is also a regional retail centre, with its shopping centre, the Oracle, serving a wide portion of the Thames Valley. You can also visit here the University of Reading. It holds the Reading Festival, one of England’s largest music festivals, every year. Reading has a professional football team, Reading F.C., and is involved in a variety of other sports.
Photograph of The Oracle in Reading

The Oracle in Reading

Travel to and from Reading

Photograph of Part of the Inner Distribution Road

Part of the Inner Distribution Road


Reading was an important halt on the ancient Bath Road (A4), which connected London to Avonmouth near Bristol. This road still carries local traffic, but it has been overtaken for long-distance travel by the M4, which runs along the borough’s outskirts and has three intersections, J10-J12. The A33, A327, A329, A4074, and A4155 also serve Reading. Reading is connected by the Inner Distribution Route (IDR), a circular road for local traffic.


Reading station serves as an important transfer point and terminus for the National Rail system. Reading is serviced by railway lines that link to Paddington and Waterloo stations in London. Reading West, Tilehurst, and Earley are the additional Reading stations.

Reading train station is located on the northern outskirts of town, close to the main shopping and business sectors as well as the River Thames, and is 36 miles from London Paddington. Reading is the ninth busiest station in the United Kingdom outside of London, as well as the second busiest interchange station outside of London, with over 3.8 million passengers changing trains there each year.

Photograph of Reading Station

Reading Station

Photograph of London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport


Reading presently has two airports, one in Coley Park and one in Woodley. By automobile, the nearest airport is London Heathrow, which is about 25 miles away. Heathrow is served by a fast bus service called RailAir, and the airport may also be accessed by train by taking the Paddington train to Hayes & Harlington and changing to the TfL Rail service. Furthermore, direct trains from Reading station service Birmingham Airport, Gatwick Airport, and Southampton Airport.

Public transport

Currently, the majority of local public transit is handled by road, which is regularly influenced by the municipality’s peak hour traffic. Reading Buses, one of the country’s last municipal bus companies, operates a locally run bus network inside the town as well as a less regular network in the surrounding area. Some of the other bus companies that service Reading are Arriva Shires & Essex, Thames Travel, and Oxford Bus Company. ReadiBus is a commuter service for those with restricted mobility.

Photograph of Readibus


Map showing Reading stations

Things to do in Reading


Reading has a variety of public artworks. The Maiwand Lion, a sculpture and war monument located in Forbury Gardens, a city park in Reading, Berkshire, England, is one of these. This sculpture honours the 328 officers of the Royal Berkshire Regiment who perished in the Battle of the Maiwand in the 1880s.

Jacksons Corner is another well-known feature in this area. The historic old department store in Reading has been turned into a housing complex while keeping its famous look.

Photograph of Maiwand Lion

Maiwand Lion

Other landmarks in Reading

Reading Abbey Ruins

Abbey Street, Reading RG1 3BA, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 01223 503333

Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin

Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 957 1057

Greyfriars Church, Reading

Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EH, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 951 6700

Map showing landmarks in Reading

Libraries and museums

Reading is home to several historical museums and large libraries.

Reading Central Library is a public library located in the heart of Reading on Abbey Square, at the corner of King’s Road, on the site of the historic Reading Abbey stables, where medieval churchmen, aristocrats, and monarchs housed their horses. The Central Library has over 100,000 books, including a children’s library, a large selection of fiction and nonfiction books, and free Internet terminals provided as part of The People’s Network. It also lends CDs, DVDs, and videos for a small fee, and has a large collection of vocal and drama sets on the second floor.

Photograph of Reading Central Library

Reading Central Library

The Reading Local Studies Library, located on the third floor, houses extensive collections of books, photos, maps, and newspapers connected to the history of Reading and Berkshire, as well as a family history department.

The Reading Museum originally opened its doors in 1883 at the town hall. It includes rooms dedicated to Reading’s history and the excavations at Calleva Atrebatum, as well as a comprehensive replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, a collection of art, and Huntley and Palmers-related displays.

Other museums in Reading

Riverside Museum

Kenavon Drive, Reading RG1 3DH, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 937 3400

Cole Museum of Zoology

Reading RG6 6UA, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 378 7083

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

Department of Classics, Edith Morley Building, University Of, Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 6AA, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 01223 333516

Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry

Museum, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 937 3400

Map showing museums in Reading

Parks and open spaces

Reading contains around 100 parks and playgrounds, along with a 5-mile riverfront promenade.Prospect Park is Reading’s largest open space, and it gets its name from the breath-taking views of the Kennet Valley and beyond the Mansion House. The grade II listed regency white exterior siding mansion (now a restaurant) is located on a hill at the park’s highest point.
The park contains large areas of short-cut grass as well as meadows. To the south of the house, a pond was created, which attracts a variety of animals, while to the north is ‘The Rookery,’ a mature oak woodland and Wildlife Heritage Site.Palmer Park is well-known among residents for hosting religious festivals, sports tournaments, and smaller special events. The park has Palmer Park Stadium, a racetrack, and an athletics stadium. The park includes Palmer Park Library, Palmer Park Bowling Club, two playgrounds, a community cafe, and a number of football pitches used for local tournaments.
Photograph of Prospect Park

Windsor Park

More parks in Reading

Sol Joel Park

8 Church Road, Earley, Reading RG6 7HT, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 986 8995

Balmore Walk

Reading RG4 8PY, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0800 626540

Regus – Reading Green Park

Green Park, 200 Brook Drive, Reading RG2 6UB, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0800 060 8702

Christchurch Meadows

George Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8BY, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 937 3787

Map showing parks and open spaces in Reading


Reading hosts several festivals that feature live music, dancing, gastronomy, and a variety of other flavours from the city’s arts, culture, and history community.
The Readipop Festival is committed to supporting local artists. All revenues from the popular family-friendly event benefit Readipop’s charitable work, which brings music to disenfranchised kids and other underserved communities in the neighbourhood.which has provided the atmosphere of a French local market every year since 2012, is Bastille Events Ltd. Its purpose is to provide you with a choice of free and fun activities with the assistance of Hobby Craft and Decathlon, as well as free entertainment provided by French and local artists, and many more booths with food and activities for friends and family.
Photograph of Readipop festival

Readipop festival

Places to stay in Reading

When planning to attend a course in Reading, consider staying at one of the hotels or B&Bs below.


The Bull Inn, Sonning-on-Thames

High Street, Sonning, Reading RG4 6UP, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 969 3901

Hotel Novotel Reading Centre

25b Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DP, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 952 2600

Malmaison Reading

18-20 Station Road, Reading RG1 1JX, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 334 1331

Crowne Plaza Reading, an IHG Hotel

Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8BD, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0122 325 9988

The Great House at Sonning

Thames Street, Sonning, Reading RG4 6UT, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 969 2277

Premier Inn Reading Central Hotel

Letcombe Street, Reading RG1 2HN, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 321 8345

The Crown

Play Hatch, Reading RG4 9QN, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 947 2872

Hotel ibis Reading Centre

25A Friar Street For Car Park Use Rg1 7qe, Reading RG1 1DP, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 953 3500

Premier Inn Reading South Hotel

Gateway Proctor End South, Reading RG2 0GG, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0330 135 9038

Hilton Reading

Drake Way, Reading RG2 0GQ, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 916 9000

Premier Inn Reading (Caversham Bridge) Hotel

Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 321 8344

voco Reading, an IHG Hotel

Select Car Leasing Stadium Junction 11, M4, Reading RG2 0FL, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 925 3500


Travelodge Reading Central

Oxthorn House, 60 Oxford Rd, Reading RG1 7LT, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0871 984 6211

Travelodge Reading M4 Westbound

Moto Service Area, M4, Reading RG30 3UQ, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0871 984 6242

The Great Expectations

33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 950 3925


132-138 Caversham Road, Reading RG1 8AY, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 304 3400

La Baguettes

7 Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1PJ, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 956 0882

Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading

39 Christchurch Road, Reading RG2 7AN, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 931 1311

Beech House Hotel

60 Bath Road, Reading RG30 2AY, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 959 1901

Crown Lodge Guest House

27 Russell Street, Reading RG1 7XD, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 956 9014

Crescent Hotel

35 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6LL, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 950 7980

Elmhurst Hotel

51 Church Road, Reading RG6 1EY, England, United Kingdom.Phone: 0118 926 5273