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About Reading


Reading town centre is easily accessible with a free bus service to Park occupiers, linking Reading station direct to the Park, with a journey time of approximately 14 minutes. This service runs for 12 hours every day during the working week, with a first bus from Reading station at 6.45am.

The Oracle centre is a popular and large regional shopping and eating destination. The centre contains 90 shops, including department stores from the Debenhams and House of Fraser chains. A third and larger department store, John Lewis (still referred to locally by its older name, Heelas), is adjacent to the Minster Street entrance but not part of the centre itself. There are also 22 restaurants, cafés and bars along the riverside of the Kennet, and an 11-screen Vue cinema.

The Oracle Riverside area, with its restaurants and bars, spans the Brewery Gut, a particularly narrow stretch of the River Kennet. The layout allows space for outdoor tables, and there is granite stadium-style seating and a sail-like canopy. Two bridges have been installed spanning the Kennet, Cooks Bridge, a straight footbridge which links The Riverside Car Park to House of Fraser, and Delphi Bridge, an 'ellipse-shaped' bridge giving access from the Vue cinema to Debenhams.