Getting here

The Cole Museum is moving to the heart of the University of Reading Whiteknights Campus, in the brand new Health and Life Sciences building.

  • Car
  • Train
  • Bus
  • Bike


We encourage visitors to use alternative methods of transport to get to the museum, but if you need to come by car, limited parking is available.

There is a pay and display (£1.50 per hour or £10 for all day) car park for museum visitors at the Shinfield Road entrance to Whiteknights campus. Click here for Google Maps directions.

Please be aware it is a 5-10 minute walk from the car park to the museum. Click here for walking directions.

Car park address for sat navs:

Car Park 1A

Queen’s Drive



There are parking bays for disabled drivers at the front of the museum building, (for sat nav: P13, Reading, RG6 6LA), a ramp at the entrance to the museum and accessible toilets on the ground floor.

Reading’s mainline station has recently undergone a major refurbishment, making travelling to the town by train easier and more enjoyable. Reading is easily accessible by regular, fast trains from London Paddington, as well as via London Waterloo. It is well connected by routes from the North, South and West via Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford, Guildford and Basingstoke.

Reading Buses operate very regular services which stop at the Whiteknights campus – routes Claret 21 and 21A.

From the station and Reading town centre:

Claret 21 or 21A from stop EJ.

Visit Reading Buses for details or use Google Maps to plan your journey by bus.

We have a secure bike rack near the main entrance to the museum.

The museum is about a 40 minute walk from Reading train station – click here for directions.