Reading Garrard Street
Reading is one of the great historic towns of Berkshire, renowned for its old half-timber houses and a popular tourist destination throughout the year. Reading Abbey has stood at the town’s heart since it was founded in 1121. Once one of the most influential and wealthiest of England’s many religious foundations, it was dissolved under Henry VIII and comprehensively looted. Today, its ruins are still an impressive reminder of its former glory.
Because of its attractive situation on the banks of the Rivers Thames and Kennet, there are plenty of chances to mess about on the water in Reading. Whatever the weather, you’re bound to see teams of rowers powering up and down the rivers, and fishing is also popular. Pleasure cruises take visitors along the river during the summer, and the Barge Festival, held every year, brings in the crowds. That makes parking in Reading a challenge, with spaces at a premium.
However, you can find Reading parking spaces if you know where to look, and the NCP’s Reading car park at Garrard Street is slap-bang in the town centre, and it can be pre-booked to make a trip to this thriving town hassle-free and fun. Reading is also a very modern town, with a multiplex cinema on the outskirts, and at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading you can catch everything from sporting events and music to the best in live theatre.
Reading Train Station Parking
Located just to the north of the town centre, Reading Train Station is a major transport hub for the region and is conveniently close to several of the main commercial and retail areas along the Thames. It is also right next door to a bus interchange that runs rural and urban services, and with the NCP Garrard Street Reading car park just a short walk away you have all the transport links you need in one small area.
Friar Street Shopping Parking
Running roughly parallel to Broad Street, Friar Street is one of Reading’s main shopping areas. Recent excavations here revealed the foundations of buildings dating back to the 13th century, giving some insight into the town’s deep history. Today, Friar Street has independent outlets as well as high street brands, and with the NCP Garrard Street car park close by you don’t have far to carry the shopping once the credit card’s max’d out!