Visit the Garden

How to get here

Find us at RG6 6UR for satellite navigation or online maps, enter the campus via Pepper Lane or off the A327 Shinfield Road.

This self guide leaflet, a pdf that you can view or print, gives further information about visiting the garden.

Also the garden is clearly marked on the university's map of the campus at

Entrance to the Harris Garden is behind the Harborne and Philip Lyle Buildings (W31 and W32), School of Biological Sciences. Open all the year round 9.00am to dusk.

By Bus

Buses 20, 20a, 21, 9, and 144 from Reading train station and Reading town are frequent and take 15 minutes.

The number 9 and 144 stop at the Shinfield Road entrance to the University - 10 minute walk across the campus from here to the Harris Garden.

20, 20a and 21 leave the Shinfield Road to travel through the campus to Pepper Lane. The nearest stop for the Harris Garden is the first stop on Pepper Lane after the bus leaves the university campus. About a 5 min walk to the Harris Garden from here.

Walking, cycling

From the Pepper Lane entrance to campus, turn right and follow the road to car park 13 and the Harborne Building. Cycle racks are in front of the Harborne building. The garden lies just behind and to the right of the Harborne building.

The Harris Garden is only a few minutes’ walk from anywhere on campus and nearby. Why not bring lunch and meet friends for a picnic?


Car parking on the University of Reading campus is only available weekdays after 5.00pm and at weekends.

Motorcycle parking is available at the side of the Harborne Building.


The garden is open until dusk all year round for evening strolls.