Liebenrood Road, Reading, RG30 2ND
Children’s play area
Miniature railway (first Sunday of every month)
Parking (parking for miniature railway available off Bath Road, 100 yards from Liebenrood Road)
Prospect Park is Reading’s largest open space and gets its name from the fine views across the Kennet Valley and beyond, which can be enjoyed best from the Mansion House. The regency white stuccoed grade II listed mansion (now a restaurant) is set on a hill at the highest point of the park. The park has broad sweeps of short cut grass, with areas of meadow grassland. An pond was created to the south of the house and attracts an assortment of wildlife, while ‘The Rookery’ can be found to the north – a mature oak woodland and Wildlife Heritage Site.
A favourite amongst children is the mini steam train, run by voluntary enthusiasts on the first Sunday of each month, near the Bath Road entrance. The site also features a wide variety of sports facilities and a well-equipped children’s play area. The park is also host to a number of annual events including the Reading Carnival and a steam fair.