Budget Friendly Accommodation
Previously known as Reading General, the Reading railway terminal is the most important train station in the city. With over 10 million passengers entering and exiting the station on a yearly basis, the terminal is the third busiest one outside the country’s capital, and three of Britain’s most important train operating companies serve it: Cross Country, South West Trains as well as First Great Western.
Plenty of well priced hotels and attractive b&b’s are located nearby. Many cheap properties offer easy access for travellers to the rail station. When staying in a bed and breakfast or guest house, a hearty breakfast is served and is included in the room rate. Most establishments provide en-suite rooms, including family rooms and free Wifi.
Why stay near Reading Train Station ?
The answer is simple: this is a small and peaceful town, and the main reason why you should consider staying overnight close to the train station is because you will have full access to all the budget establishments, bed and breakfast pensions and additional facilities around it, not to mention that you will be able to get to the railway within minutes.
Besides this, there are several very famous tourist attractions that are located less than 1 mile away from the rail hub, the REME Museum of Technology being just one of them. The museum is specifically designed for mechanical engineers and other technology enthusiasts who want to find out more about historical vehicles.
In addition to this, those who want to take a break from the busy city centre and to let off some steam can to that at the Caversham Court Gardens, which is one of the most relaxing places in the area.
The Museum of English Rural Life is the perfect tourist attraction spot for families with children, as it gives visitors a deeper insight into the traditional English country life through the numerous exhibits, some of them dating back several centuries.
Another very sought-after museum that is close to the train terminal is the City Museum, which is housed in the Old Town Hall, right in the town centre. The building is more than 100 years old, it was designed by Albert Waterhouse and it serves as an educational site.
The town centre as well as the nearby monasteries still bear the signs of the city’s medieval background.
Tens of welcoming rooms to choose from
If you are looking for comfortable accommodation nearby, then you should know that there are tens of cheap B&B’s and reasonably priced hotels with welcoming rooms to choose from, and one of the most suitable and tourist-friendly location is the Station Road.
This road is located within easy walking distance from the train platforms, which is great for those who are always on the go and who want to get there quickly and without the hassles.
Quiet yet very vibrant and attractive at the same time, this street is home to some of the city’s most appealing properties, and there are enough rooms to accommodate everyone! You can enjoy a warm bed and breakfast without spending a small fortune, as the accommodation options here tend to be very affordable.
The Oxford Road area is yet another great place to stay when traveling to this small English town, as it is located only half a mile away from Reading railway station: close enough to allow you to get there on time, yet far enough to help you get a peaceful and restful sleep at night!
Located in Berkshire England UK
Reading Railway is the main station close to the city centre.
Adjacent to the depot is a bus interchange, served by most of Reading’s urban and rural bus services. The main rail route served by the station is the Great Western Main Line, which runs west from London’s Paddington.
The station connects Reading with Bristol Temple Meads, and towns including Bath Spa, Chippenham and Swindon. At Bristol some services proceed to Cardiff Central, Newport and Swansea via the South Wales Main Line. Others join the Bristol to Exeter Line towards the West Country.
The Reading to Taunton line serves communities in Berkshire and Wiltshire. At Cogload Junction the Taunton branch joins services travelling south from Bristol on the Bristol to Exeter line. A single railroad line proceeds to serve the stations of Taunton, Exeter St Davids, Plymouth and onward to Penzance in Cornwall.
Reading is also connected by rail with Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Manchester Piccadilly in northern England and Scotland, and with Winchester, Southampton Central and Bournemouth to the south. These destinations are served by CrossCountry. Some trains travel to Edinburgh Waverley and Guildford.
The secondary North Downs Line connects Reading with Guildford, Reigate and Gatwick Airport. An electric suburban line operated by South West Trains links Reading to London Waterloo. Additional an express bus service, RailAir, links Reading with London Heathrow Airport.
RailAir Coach From Heathrow Airport
The Rail Air coach from London Heathrow Airport to Reading leaves from the Central Bus Station (between Terminals 1 and 3) about every 30 minutes. Passengers that use Terminal 4 need to catch the Heathrow Connecttrain between Terminal 4 and Central. This runs every 15 minutes and is free. For passengers at Terminal 5, the bus stops in front of the terminal.
To Reading Festival ?
The Red gate is approximately a 15 minute walk from Reading rail station. You can also get a shuttle bus as Reading Bus shuttle buses will take you from the station to near the site and back.
Facts and Information
Name : Reading Railway Station
Location : north of the town centre.
Address : Station Approach, Reading RG1 1LZ, England, United Kingdom
Train Line : lies on the North Downs Line, Night Riviera, Great Western Main Line, Taunton Line, lines to Guildford-Newcastle, Bournemouth, Manchester, Southampton, Basingstoke and London Waterloo.
Operated and Managed by : First Great Western
Ticket Office : Available
Ticket Machines : Available
Region : South East England
County : Berkshire
Nearest Hotels : in town centre on Station Road, Friar Street, The Forbury, West Street, Kings Street, Duke Street and Caversham Road.
Nearby Station Road and Friar Street RG1 1LZ
Reading Museum (The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH England): Museum housed in the Old Victorian Town Hall at the eastern end of Friar Street. The museum shows artefacts from the Roman Town of Silchester, the full size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, to the industrial history of the town.
St. Laurence Church (Friar Street, RG1 2DQ United Kingdom): a modern medieval Church of England mission and former parish church. It’s located right next to the town hall.
Forbury Gardens (Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Berkshire, England): Beautifully maintained and gorgeous gardens to the east of the Chruch of St Lawrence. For tourists the forbury Lion is a great and famous landmark.