Visit the Garden

The location of the Harris Garden on the University campus is shown on the UoR campus map, available here (PDF).

The entrance to the Garden is behind the Harborne and Philip Lyle Buildings (31 and 32 on the UoR map), School of Biological Sciences.

Opening Hours

The Harris Garden is open all year round, from 8.00am to dusk.

How to Get Here

By Bus

Buses 3, 9, 21, and 21a from Reading train station and Reading town are frequent and take 15 minutes.

The number 3 and 9 stop at the Shinfield Road entrance to the University, with a 10 minute walk across the campus from here to the Harris Garden.

21 and 21a 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 immediately after the bus leaves the university campus. It is about a 5 minute walk to the Harris Garden from here.

Up to date information on Reading Bus services is available here.

Walking & Cycling

The Harris Garden is only a few minutes’ walk from anywhere on the University of Reading campus and nearby.

Cyclists may prefer to enter the campus at the Earley Gate entrance in Whiteknights Road, following the cycle path across the campus and over the Friends Bridge and then signs to the Harborne Building.

From the Pepper Lane entrance to campus, turn right and follow the road round the Harborne Building. Sheltered cycle racks are to the side of the Harborne building.


Car parking on the University of Reading campus is limited but available to non-university visitors on weekdays only after 5.00pm and at weekends. The location of car parks is shown on the UoR campus map (see link provided above). It is recommended to enter the Campus at the Pepper Lane entrance.

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

Wheelchair Access

There is a wheelchair-friendly path running around the perimeter of the garden, and mown grass and/or woodchip paths throughout the Garden. Note that there is a slight (concrete) slope at the garden entrance.


Please consider donating via JustGiving to our charity to help fund the upkeep and development of this beautiful public space.

Thank you!