How to find us

The Museum of English Rural Life is located at:

University of Reading
Redlands Road

Instructions for finding us if you are travelling by public transport:

Instructions for finding us if you are travelling by car, from:

  • The north (Caversham, Sonning Common)
  • The east (Woodley, Twyford, Sonning, M4 Jct 10 via A329M)
  • The south (Spencers Wood, Whitley, Lower Earley, M4 Jct 11)
  • The west (Tilehurst, Calcot, Southcote, Coley, M4 Jct 12)


Download our map of MERL (PDF - 259KB), showing the museums location in relation to the University and the town.

You can also view detailed maps of the University.


The MERL car park can usually accommodate visitor cars as required, particularly at weekends, although it does fill up when there is a special event or meeting being held at the Museum. You can call in advance to check if there is likely to be a problem on the day of your visit. Additional parking is available on Acacia Rd adjacent to the Museum but visitors will need to collect a University parking permit from reception. As we are so close to the hospital, free on street parking outside the Museum on Redlands Road is very limited and is restricted to 2 hours.

MERL Village Fete 2014 parking arrangements
Our usual parking arrangements apply, but in addition, visitors to the Fete will be able to use the 'Whitegates' car park on the University's London Road campus, off Crown Place. (From MERL, continue down Redlands Road, turn left onto London Road, turn left again onto Crown Place, immediately after the first traffic lights (in front of student halls) It is then a short walk (signposted on the day) through the London Road campus back to MERL.


By train

The closest station is Reading.

The Museum is a 15 to 20 minute walk from Reading station.

View a map of the University and the surrounding area (PDF - 85KB). The Museum is located on Redlands Road, a short way up from London Road and on the right hand side immediately past Acacias Road.

By bus

Services 20, 20a and 21

  • These services run every 20 minutes.
  • Get off at the second stop on Kendrick Road, "Crown Place Passage". Walk down the footpath to the left of Abbey School. At the end of the path the Museum is on your right hand side.

Services 9 and 144

  • The number 9 runs every twenty minutes. The 144 is hourly.
  • The bus stops in Craven Road next to the Hospital. Walk down to London Road and left past the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Turn left in to Redlands Road and the Museum is located a short way up on the right hand side immediately past Acacias Road.

NB. The Royal Berkshire Hospital - Madejski Stadium Park and Ride ceased to operate in November 2008


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