Reading Town Hall enjoys a long and illustrious history. It consists of four buildings built in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1786 the oldest building - the Victoria Hall - opened as a purpose built town hall designed by Charles Poulton.
A new council chamber and a clock tower designed by Alfred Waterhouse opened in 1876 followed by the Museum, Library and a Concert Hall, designed by the architect Thomas Lanson.Art Gallery and Library Reading room were added and then in 1975 new civic offices were built to serve Reading Borough and the Town Hall ceased its administration function.
Reading Town Hall survived the threat of demolition in the 1970s and was comprehensively refurbished in the late 1980s. It is undergoing further changes relative to Reading's new demands and requirements and now hosts a leading conference and banqueting venue, Reading Museum and the Berkshire Coroner's Office.
Exciting new plans are in the pipeline for 2018 to enhance the building even further, and it is the visitor hub for exploring the historic Reading Abbey Quarter.
How to get here
The Town Hall is in the Centre of Reading. Located in between The Forbury Gardens and Marks and Spencer we are close to many local bus routes and just a stones throw from Reading's main train station too.
If you are coming by car, from the M4 Junction 10 follow the A329M towards the A4 and town centre. From M4 Junction 11 follow the A33 towards the town centre and from M4 Junction 12 follow the A4 to the town centre. The Town Hall does not have its own car park but there are six disabled parking spaces at the front of the building and public car parks are available nearby at Garrard Street and Queen’s Road. Alternatively use park and ride buses to the centre of Reading. The postcode is RG1 1QH.
There is a coach set-down point on Valpy Street, opposite the Town Hall. Please note it is then necessary to cross Valpy Street to access the entrance at the front of the building.