Visiting CavershaM Court

Opening times

The gardens are open to the public every day, except Christmas Day, 8 a.m. to dusk. The gazebo and vaults are open when a gardener is on site. Special events are sometimes held as well.

The gardens have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Site status for each of the last eleven years, most recently in September 2021.

The Green Flag Award is given where a park is seen to be welcoming, healthy, safe and secure and well-maintained. Green Heritage status signifies that the gardens promote the value of and best practice in the care and upkeep of an historic site.

Getting here

The gardens (RG4 7AD) are located on Church Road (A4074) about 300 metres from Caversham Bridge. The main entrance is between St Peter's Church and The Griffin pub (see Google map below)

Parking is limited nearby - your best bet is on The Warren - but there is disabled parking at the main gate in Church Road, from which there is wheelchair access to and around Caversham Court including the disabled toilets.

There is a bike rack inside the main gates.

Buses 22, 24, X39/X40 all stop on Bridge Street near Caversham Bridge, a short distance away.

We ask that you respect these historic gardens:-

  • dogs are welcome but on a lead, please

  • please use the bike rack, no cycling allowed

  • bring a picnic, but please do not light a barbecue

  • no loud music

Facilities

The Tea Kiosk is located in a converted Arts and Crafts building. Necessary repairs are being done to the Kiosk this spring. it plans to re-open on Wednesday 18 May

Volunteers from local charities will serve hot drinks and home-made cakes from Wednesday to Sunday (11.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) during the summer months.

There are disabled toilets, with baby changing facilities.

Let us show you around

Volunteers from The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens are available to take groups around the gardens to talk about the history of the site and about the gardens. If you would like to arrange a group tour or for a speaker to come to your meeting please contact The Friends - friends@fccg.org.uk. We also offer special sensory tours for the sight and hearing impaired and their carers.

Illustrated talks

Our volunteers can also provide illustrated presentations on the history of the gardens and related topics.

From the home of Augustinian friars in the 12th century to a country club in the 20th century, the land known as Caversham Court Gardens has a long recorded history. In between came litigious money lenders, travelling antiquarians and bankers and brewers with an eye for profitable business. Speakers from The Friends can offer a fully illustrated talk about the research which aids our understanding of the families, the houses they lived in and the gardens they planted.

If your group would like such a talk (currently delivered by Zoom) please contact us at the friends@fccg.org.uk

School groups

Please contact the Head Gardener through the Parks department (Mail.Parks@reading.gov.uk) or drop a letter into the postbox on the stable yard. The friends can also offer a number of workshops on environmental and historical topics: e-mail friends@fccg.org.uk for further information.