Please note: before you visit, please check The MERL’s COVID updates blog for the latest visitor information.
Our garden is a peaceful, green oasis in the middle of Reading. Pop in for some peace and quiet during a lunch break, or take time out during a museum visit!
As well as a large lawn – perfect for picnics – the garden includes herbaceous borders with medicinal, culinary, and multi-purpose plants, a wild flower bank, woodland area and a variety of fruit trees.
The garden features a shepherd’s hut decorated by our volunteer knitting group, fun activities for children, including a new wooden play tractor, Community Growing Spaces, and new food and crop-based planting. Find out more on Garden Projects page.
We usually have resident chickens, but they are currently ‘on holiday’ in a member of staff’s garden whilst the museum is closed.
Many of our events and activities are inspired by the garden, including museum trails, workshops and regular sessions for toddlers.
Our trails are designed to help families explore the garden. You can download copies to bring on your visit:
The garden is cared for by the University of Reading Grounds Team and MERL volunteers.