a station-by-station guide for tourist attractions


National Rail | station code RDG

Berkshire Offers & Links

Reading (pronounced 'Redding') is a large university town on the Rivers Thames and Kennet with historic buildings, particularly in the 'Abbey Quarter' near the Abbey Ruins, as well the modern Oracle shopping centre. The formal Victorian Forbury Gardens are near the station. Reading PlusBus covers bus journeys within the urban area.

Reading Museum ¼ mile

The Victorian gothic Town Hall houses collections telling stories of the local historic and natural environment. Highlights include Victorian paintings, finds from excavations at nearby Silchester, objects dredged from the Thames, a full size copy of the famous Bayeux Tapestry and a gallery telling the story of Huntley & Palmers biscuit makers. Café. Admission free.
Open TWThFS 1000-1600.

Riverside Museum ¾ mile

The Riverside Museum in former industrial buildings tells the story of Reading's two rivers, the Kennet and the Thames. Highlights include preserved turbine machinery and a gypsy caravan built locally. Admission free.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1800.

Museum of English Rural Life 1 mile

An extensive collection of items relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside. The museum covers the great social and technological changes in the countryside, especially the change from horse power to the tractor. Garden. Admission free.
Open TWThFSSu 1000-1700.
Reading attractions map

Cole Museum of Zoology by bus

Zoological specimens are arranged in taxonomic sequence and show the diversity of the animal kingdom. Highlights include complete skeletons of an elephant, whale, python and giant spider crab. Admission free.
Open closed for relocation, see website.
Bus 21/21A from Rail Station to University, Whiteknights House, 12 minutes journey. M-S every 15 minutes (extra buses M-F during University terms), Sun every 20 minutes. This bus journey is covered by Reading PlusBus. Operated by Reading Buses.
The Museum is 1½ miles from Earley.

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology by bus

One of the largest collections of Greek ceramics in Britain, plus some Egyptian antiquities. Admission free.
Open TWTh 0900-1630.
Bus see Cole Museum.
The Museum is 1½ miles from Earley.

Earley map
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National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Museum of Berkshire Aviation by bus

The museum is on the site of Woodley Airfield, once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being reconstructed and exhibited alongside other records.
Open Apr-Oct, WSSu & BH 1030-1700. Nov-Mar, WSu 1200-1600.
Bus 19A/19C from Rail Station to Miles Way or opposite Herald Way (both immediately after the roundabout), 35 minutes journey. M-S only, both routes hourly. The buses operate a loop in both directions, check the route map and timetable to ensure you wait at the correct stop to return to Reading station. This bus journey is covered by Reading PlusBus. Operated by Reading Buses.
The Museum is 2 miles from Winnersh.

Winnersh map
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Just Go Holidays
Just Go Holidays