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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.

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 our Garrard Street car park centrally located next to the station, you're within walking distance of the main venues and attractions.

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

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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 our Garrard Street car park located less than a 10-minute walk away. Here you’ll find plenty of spaces available, including Blue Badge disabled spaces.


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. Our Garrard Street car park is located a 12-minute walk from the meadows.


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 car park 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 Garrard Street car park, which is a 10-minute walk from the venue.

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. Find convenient parking for The Oracle at our Garrard Street car park, a 6-minute walk from the north entrance.

Parking products

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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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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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The ParkPass App is our newest parking product, it’s designed to make everyday parking quick and easy. Download the app now to pay for your parking automatically on exit in over 250 locations. Plus, there's no need to visit the pay machine for a ticket or display this in your car. The ParkPass App is available to use at many of our car parks and provides exclusive offers including 10% off your first months parking.

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