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Parking in Reading

It’s easy to underestimate Reading as you speed by on the M4. But this ancient location actually has a lot of real gems tucked away, including a medieval abbey, parks, and even an entire Roman town just eight miles from the centre. It also has a highly respected university and is a hub for high tech industries, computing and communications. Reading is a very busy city, which can make parking a real challenge. However, this thriving location is well served by Reading car parks from NCP, with no fewer than 10 car parks providing over 3,000 spaces in the heart of the city.

Points of interest

Find out about Reading’s 3Bs (Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs) at the museum of Reading, or relax in the beautifully restored Fortbury Gardens. Hit the high street for some of the best shopping opportunities in Berkshire, or explore a little further afield and find out about Reading’s Roman past. Scratch underneath the surface and you’ll find a lot going on in Reading. And with plenty of parking available at 10 car parks across the city, it’s easy to find a space whether you’re here for business or pleasure.

For more information on parking for events and attractions in Reading, see below or visit our attraction parking guide here.

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Nearby car parks

Name Spaces Season Ticket Pre‑book
Reading Broad Street Mall 720  16 Buy Pre‑book
Reading Cattle Market 90  4 Buy
Reading Chester Street 60  4 Buy
Reading Civic B 170  6 Buy
Reading Dunstall Close 47  3
Reading Garrard Street 918  6 Buy Pre‑book
Reading Hills Meadow 298  5 Buy
Reading Kings Meadow 95  2
Reading Queens Road 700  8 Buy Pre‑book
Reading Recreation Road 80  6 Buy
Name Reading Broad Street Mall
Spaces 720 16
Season Ticket Buy
Pre‑book Pre‑book
Name Reading Cattle Market
Spaces 90 4
Season Ticket Buy
Name Reading Chester Street
Spaces 60 4
Season Ticket Buy
Name Reading Civic B
Spaces 170 6
Season Ticket Buy
Name Reading Dunstall Close
Spaces 47 3
Season Ticket
Name Reading Garrard Street
Spaces 918 6
Season Ticket Buy
Pre‑book Pre‑book
Name Reading Hills Meadow
Spaces 298 5
Season Ticket Buy
Name Reading Kings Meadow
Spaces 95 2
Season Ticket
Name Reading Queens Road
Spaces 700 8
Season Ticket Buy
Pre‑book Pre‑book
Name Reading Recreation Road
Spaces 80 6
Season Ticket Buy

Attraction & event parking in Reading


Broad Street Mall

Broad Street Mall is at the very epicentre of this modern city, offering a wide choice of retail outlets, some well known high street names and some independent boutiques. You won’t have too far to carry your bags back to the car either, with the multi-storey Broad Street Mall NCP Reading car park adjoined to the centre. Here you’ll find plenty of spaces available, including Blue Badge disabled spaces conveniently close to the exit point to the centre.​


Christchurch Meadows

While it might be a modern, thriving city, Reading also has plenty of natural resources, including the River Thames running through it. Right next to the river is the stunning Christchurch Meadows, a large public park that also hosts festivals and events all year round. Park at Hills Meadow or Kings Meadow car parks and enjoy a day relaxing in beautiful surroundings.​


Reading Museum

Reading’s history goes all the way back to the Romans, and the settlement on the banks of the River Thames has always been strategically important. You can learn about the city’s wealthy past and its progression through the ages into a modern hub of technology and engineering at its museum, right in the heart of the city. Park at Garrard Street or Queens Road car parks and you’re just a few minutes’ walk from this excellent museum.


Reading Station

This is the heart of the commuter country, and Reading station takes workers right into the centre of London and out to Swindon, Bristol and the South West. As it’s such a busy station, parking at Reading Station is in high demand. You can cut the cost of your parking and guarantee a space at any of our pre-bookable car parks in Reading, including the conveniently located Garrard Street car park.


The Hexagon

The Hexagon is the hub of the Reading Arts scene. Home to everything from comedy and pantomime to serious drama, dance and music, it offers visitors a packed programme of events all year round. Its distinctive shape makes it an interesting venue to visit, too. If you have tickets booked then park at nearby Broad Street Mall or Reading Civic B car parks and you’ll be in your seats in plenty of time for curtain up.​

The Oracle Reading

With over 80 stores including international names, high street familiars and some you may not have encountered before, The Oracle is one of the city’s most eclectic and striking retail centres. It’s also got plenty to keep you entertained too, with cinemas and regular events, as well as some excellent eateries. From snacks to sumptuous meals, blockbusters to bargains, you can have an entire day out at the Oracle. Reading car parks provide excellent and pre-bookable convenience close by, including Queens Road car park and the large Reading Civic B (a pay and display car park).​


Reading University

Reading University was established in 1892 and was the only UK higher education centre to gain its Royal Charter between the two World Wars in 1929. It has an exceptional reputation particularly in science and technology, which may be why Reading itself has become a hotbed of technological innovation and development. If you’re visiting the university for an interview, lectures or as a guest, NCP Reading car parking is conveniently close by at Queens Road car park, with pre-bookable spaces and season tickets available to cut your parking costs.​

Parking products

Pre-book iconPre-book

Pre-book is available at 3 of our Reading car parks. Simply select your arrival and leaving dates and times to book your space online. Pre-book allows you to reserve a parking space and save money versus paying on the day. Pre-booking parking is ideal for Reading events, festivals, city breaks and much more. Save time and money.

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Season Tickets iconSeason Tickets

If you're a commuter or park your car regularly in Reading city centre, take advantage of the best parking rates available with an NCP Season Ticket. Season Tickets are available at almost all of our Reading car parks.

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ParkPass iconParkPass

ParkPass is our newest parking product, designed to make everyday parking quick and easy. Simply register for a ParkPass account and use your card to pay for parking automatically on exit, there's no need to queue at a pay machine. ParkPass is available to use at many of our Reading car parks and also offers exclusive offers and benefits to accounts holders. 

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