Reading training centre

Summary

Summary

  • 16 The Aquarium, King Street, Reading, RG1 2AN.
  • In the town centre, between Starbucks and The Botanist pub.
  • 5-minute walk from Reading main train station.
  • M4 J11 is 3 miles away, and London Heathrow airport is 28 miles.
  • Choice of car parks less than 5 minutes’ walk.
  • Heathrow airport: 28 miles.
  • Tel: 0118 3042798.

Covid-19 information

Please wear a face mask before entering our building.

Upon arrival, press number 16 on the door entry system. My colleague will answer and provide directions to our training room.

We’re on the second floor. You can either use the lift or the stairs. If using the lift, please ensure that only one person is in the lift at a time.

When you reach our training room, please sanitise your hands. If you use the NHS COVID-19 app, please scan the QR code as part of the NHS testing and contact tracing programme.

Please continue to wear a mask at all times when moving around the building’s general areas and our training room. You don’t need to wear a mask whilst sitting down at your desk.

In the training room, there’s a refreshment area offering tea, coffee, chilled water and biscuits. We ask that only one person at a time be present in this area.

For further details, see Covid-19 measures.

 

Directions and further details

Directions and further details

16 The Aquarium, King Street, Reading, RG1 2AN.

Directions to Reading Aquarium training centre

Entrance to Aquarium training centre

Train

To walk from Reading train station (RDG) (¼ mile, 5 minutes):

  1. Leave Reading train station through the South Exit, and turn left onto Blagarve Street.
  2. Follow Blagarve Street round to the right. At this point, you can see the Town Hall clock tower at the bottom of the street, on your left-hand side.
  3. Continue down Blagarve Street; when you reach the Town Hall, branch left onto Market Place, passing in front of the church.
  4. At Market Place Square, branch right onto Butter Market, passing the memorial on your left.
  5. At Starbucks, turn left.

The Aquarium entrance is glass-fronted, on your left between Starbucks and The Botanist pub.

Bus

Bus stops ME and MF are on King Street, close to The Aquarium.

Bus stops MA, MC, MH, MQ, MP, MM and ML are all within a two-minute walk.

Car

To drive from M4 J11 (4 miles away):

  1. At the motorway roundabout follow the signs to Reading A33.
  2. Follow the A33 dual carriageway for 3 miles, passing through several sets of traffic lights and roundabouts.
  3. Exit the dual carriageway at the A4 exit, sign-posted M4 West, Newbury, Oxford.
  4. At the roundabout, turn right onto Castle Street.
  5. Follow Castle Street into Reading town centre.

Plan your route to Spaces in Google maps.
See a street view.

If you’re driving from the M4, be aware there are roadworks and temporary closures in place between junctions 3 to 12. For details, see www.highwaysengland.co.uk/m4j3to12.

Car parking

There are three car parks less than 5 minutes from our centre:

The Riverside. RG1 2AG. £15 for up to 8 hours.

Holy Brook. RG1 2LR. £15 for up to 8 hours.

Reading Borough Council – Queens Road. RG1 4PX (sat nav RG1 4AR).
£16.50 per day; £8 per day ‘early bird’ price if you park before 8am.

For other car parks, see www.reading.gov.uk/carparks.

Local taxis

Latchmans – 0118 958 8888
Capital Cars – 0118 950 9509
Top Cars – 0118 944 2222

Air

The closest airport is Heathrow, which is 28 miles away.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Mercure George Hotel. RG1 2HE. Directly opposite our centre.

Novotel. RG1 1DP. ¼ mile.

Hotel Ibis. RG1 1DP. ¼ mile.

Great Expectations. RG1 4PS. ¼ mile.

  • Course delegates can book a room at Great Expectations at our agreed corporate rates:
    – Single room: £55 inc. VAT.
    – Double or twin room, single occupancy: £65 inc. VAT.
    – Double or twin room, double occupancy: £70 inc. VAT.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available.
  • Cancellation policy: 48 hours.
  • Call the hotel’s booking line on 0118 950 3925, and mention you’re attending training at Armada.

Premier Inn. RG1 2HN. ⅓ mile.

Travelodge. RG1 7LT. ⅖ mile.

pentahotel Reading. RG1 7RH, ⅖ mile.

Local B&B

Amherst Guest House (RG1 7XG, 1 mile)

Beech House hotel (RG30 2AY, 1½ miles)

Airbnb, Reading

It's business as usual during lockdown. All centres remain open for in-class courses. See Training during lockdown.