The area around Reading is renowned for religion and zoology and is famous for its information technology and insurance.

Things to do in Reading

Reading Bayeux Tapestry

Within its Gothic Revival galleries, the Reading Museum displays an eclectic mix of Roman finds, medieval carvings, Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins, and British art. In 1895, it acquired its most unusual exhibit: a full-sized replica of the famous Bayeux Tapestry that tells the story the Norman conquest of England, but with a few modesty-enhancing modifications.

Walk: Goring-on-Thames to Pangbourne, Oxfordshire

Take a walk from the lamplit streets of an Oxfordshire village through the Goring Gap – a winter-worn valley of naked trees and frozen paths, carved by the River Thames

Explore the Abbey Quarter

Explore our interactive map of Reading's historic Abbey Quarter. Plan you visit or to find out more during or after a day out.

The Museum of English Rural Life

Galleries, collections, café and garden. A free museum on food, farming and the countryside

Sights and places of interest

Enrich your day out to Reading by visiting or looking out for:

  • Reading Museum Bayeux Tapestry
  • Reading Museum
  • Henry West's Grave
  • Reading
  • Thames Lido
  • Reading Abbey
  • Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock
  • Cole Museum of Zoology

Planning your journey

Facilities at Reading station

General facilities at Reading station
Facility Available
Car Park
Cycle Storage 344 spaces

Cycles can be carried free of charge,restrictions apply and you need to make a reservation up to two hours before the train leaves the station it is starting from. Please see our Cycling by train leaflet.
Toilets Yes.
Toilets are located on Station Platforms and in The Brunel Arcade building
Baby Change Yes.
Staffing Full Time
Waiting Room
Seated Area Yes.
ATM Machine Yes.
Tourist Information
Shops Yes.

Accessible travel

Accessible facilities at Reading station
Facility Available
Staff Help Available Staff assistance is available; please request assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked assistance in advance.

Monday To Friday - 24 Hours
Saturday - 24 Hours
Sunday - 24 Hours
Impaired Mobility Set Down Yes.
Set- Down / Pick up Points are available at the station entrance by the Rail air link lounge. Assisted travel meeting point - Customer Help desk main concourse. Please notify a member of staff.  
Ramp For Train Access Yes.
Step Free Access platforms can be reached via lift and bridge, ticket office is step free.
Wheelchairs Available Yes.
National Key Toilets Yes.
Radar Key available from station staff. If you wish to buy a 'National Key Scheme' key, [RADAR]. Their address is 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London EC1V 8AF, tel: 020 7250 8181, mini 020 7250 4119, fax: 020 7250 0212, email:, website:
Induction Loop
Accessible Taxis Accessible taxi are available at the station entrance. please request staff assistance if you need to.
Accessible Ticket Machines Yes.
Accessible ticket machines are located at the station entrance by the ticket office and at the car park.
Height Adjusted Ticket Office Counter Yes.
Low-level accessible counter are located at the ticket office. All counters have hearing loop fitted.
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