Rent a Reading Parking Space
Reading is at the heart of the Great West Way. With gorgeous hotels, medieval history, and a vibrant shopping centre, Reading is a wonderful place to visit.
Top attractions include the Reading Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life, and Prospect Park. Reading is also known for its annual music festival, held in conjunction with Leeds Festival. With hundreds of visitors flocking to Reading each year, convenient parking spaces can be tricky to secure.
There are several car parks in Reading town centre. There are also lots of pay and display parking bays in the town centre. Prices start from £1.50 for up to one hour, rising to £12 for 24 hours. Weekly and season tickets are available for regular parking. Overnight parking is available from £4 between 6pm and 8am. Parking in Reading town centre can get busy at peak times. Commuters and visitors often find it difficult to get a reasonable space.
This is where YourParkingSpace can help you out.
Offering a quick and simple online platform for reserving a parking space in advance, YourParkingSpace gives you the choice of a range of off-street parking spaces across Reading. These include driveways and lock-up garages. Prices start from as low as £2.
Book in advance with YourParkingSpace to ensure that a convenient space is waiting for you when you arrive in Reading. Spend your time exploring the cultural capital of the Thames valley rather than seeking out a space.
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Parking in Reading
Parking in the city centre gets busy at peak times. Many of the car parks in the centre are operated by Reading Borough Council, but there are some that are run by NCP. Across the city, there are 2324 parking spaces available in off-street car parks. There are also 248 pay and display on-street spaces.
There are resident parking schemes in place on some of the streets in Reading parking zones. In order to apply for a permit, residents must contact Reading Borough Council. It is possible to apply online for a parking permit. A household can apply for a maximum of two resident permits. Each resident is allowed two free visitor parking permits each year.
Other parking restrictions to be aware of include:
- Double yellow lines, where you can't park.
- Single yellow lines, where you can only park at certain times. Be sure to check the signs when parking on these.
It is important to note that additional parking restrictions may be found on bus routes and on main roads to keep traffic moving during busy times in the city centre. There may also be restrictions in place around busy shopping areas and in residential areas around schools, junctions and crossings.
Reading Airport Parking
London Heathrow is the nearest airport. Parking in the area around London Heathrow airport is always in high demand. Book in advance with YourParkingSpace to ensure that you can access a cheap, secure and convenient parking space near the airport. Options are available for long stay or short stay parking.
Reading has a number of attractions to visit. The Reading Museum hosts local history and nature exhibitions. It contains an exhibit on the town’s history and displays a Victorian replica of the Bayeux tapestry. Another museum not to be missed is the Museum of English Rural Life, which presents a history of English food and farming.
If you enjoy being outdoors, check out Prospect Park and the ruins of the 12th Century Reading Abbey next to the Victorian formal garden, Forbury Gardens.
Each year, Reading Festival is held on August Bank Holiday weekend. This is the place to be for music lovers. Some of the most successful UK and international rock and pop bands have played at Reading Festival over the years, including Blink 182, Muse, and Radiohead.
Find fantastic parking in Reading with YourParkingSpace within a short walking distance of these great attractions.
The main route into Reading is via the M4 to the south of the city and then head north along the A33.
Reading train station is one of the busiest rail hubs in Britain, with about 17 million passengers passing through the station each year. There are frequent services to local and national destinations.
Publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points are available at several locations in the Reading area. These are located at: The Oracle Holy Brook Car Park, Garrard Street Car Park, Green Park Business Park, WLMG Nissan, Mereoak, and Winnersh Triangle.
A network of all electric vehicle charging points in the UK can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
Disabled Parking in Reading
Blue Badge holders have more options about where to park and for how long. However, it is important to always check the signs before parking.
A vehicle displaying a Blue Badge can park:
- In on-street disabled parking bays.
- On single or double yellow lines for up to three hours. But you must not park in a place where loading or unloading is banned.
- Free of charge on-street at Reading parking meters or in pay and display bays
- In disabled spaces in off-street car parks
- In on-street parking spaces which state a parking time limit. The time limit may not apply to Blue Badge holders, but always make sure you check the signs.
Overnight, Weekends & Bank Holidays
Avoid the panicky feeling of knowing that it is getting late and you have no idea where to park. YourParkingSpace is here for you 24 hours a day. We can help you to find a space fast.
Parking in some car parks is available overnight. Many car parks offer a reduced parking charge overnight. Overnight parking is available from £4 between 6pm and 8am.
Do you own an empty parking space in Reading? Have you ever considered earning an easy extra income from your vacant driveway, parking space or lock-up garage? list your space for free in moments. Parking in Reading is highly sought after. Watch the bookings start rolling in and you could score a simple second income in no time.
How to apply for a parking permit in Reading?
Residents can apply for a Reading parking permit by contacting Reading Borough Council. It is possible to apply online. Residents are entitled to two free visitor permit books each year.
How much is parking at Reading train station?
There is a short stay multi-storey car park at Reading train station. Up to 20 minutes is free and up to one-hour costs £4. There is also a long stay car park for parking in Reading train station. Prices for parking in Reading station long stay car park start at £4.50 for one hour and rise to £25 for 24 hours.
What time is free parking in Reading?
There is no specific time when parking in Reading centre is free. However, if you are picking up or dropping off passengers, you can park in the Reading station car park for free for up to 20 minutes.
How much is parking in Reading city centre?
Reading parking charges vary depending on where you park. Prices start from £1.50 for up to one hour, rising to £12 for 24 hours. Weekly and season tickets are available for regular parking.
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Latest Reading parking reviews
Easy to find and good locationSarah
Very convenient and easy to bookChristina
Car park was easy to find Used my small car spaces would be a bit tight for 4x4. If I was coming to Reading again would use this car park. Had no idea of the amount of shops in the town well worth a visitPhilip
great location to access to town and easy to find the spotJia
Easy to find and park. Very friendly and helpful. There were also other cars parked in the same place but they always made sure I could access my car whenever needed.Danny
excellent hastle free and handy for the railway station. A+Steve
Perfect location for Reading Station, just 5 minute walk max. Easily accessed from M4 and straight along A4. Will definitely use again if needed.Sarah