Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock

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The museum is sited on the banks of the River Kennet in the centre of Reading. The displays tell the story of the Reading's two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames. The Museum occupies the Screen and Turbine Houses of a former Victorian pumping station.

Also housed in the pumping station buildings is 'The Bel and the Dragon' bar and restaurant. This offers hot and cold drinks as well as freshly prepared food.

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Opening hours

Open every day
10am - 6pm Summer (1 April - 30 Sept)
10am - 3pm Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar)

Admission charges

Free admission

Objects on display include a spectacular gypsy caravan and a medieval mill wheel. There are waterside views of the town centre and occasional summertime art exhibitions in the Turbine House.

We recommend that you also visit the nearby Museum of Reading, only a ten minute walk via the Abbey Ruins and the beautiful Forbury Gardens.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Inland Waterways, Industry, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock
off Kenavon Drive






Reading Museum Service

0118 9399800


Reading Museum Service

0118 9399881

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