Visiting by car


The Living Rainforest is clearly signposted from the A34 / M4 Junction 13 intersection at Chieveley.




From London or Bristol

Leave the M4 at Junction 13 at Chieveley and follow the Rainforest signs.

From Reading

Access Hampstead Norreys via the M4 Junction 13 exit at Chieveley, or via Pangbourne and Ashampstead. 

From Oxford

Take the A34 towards Newbury. Exit at East Ilsley and follow the signs to Hampstead Norreys, and then the brown Tourist Information signs to the Living Rainforest. Please note that this route is unsuitable for coaches. Larger vehicles should follow the M4 Junction 13 exit at Chieveley.

From Newbury

Take B4009 from Robin Hood roundabout to Hermitage (via Curridge). From Hermitage, follow the Rainforest signs. Alternatively, access the Living Rainforest via the M4 Junction 13 exit at Chieveley. 

Coach Drivers, Please Note

Coach Satellite Navigation systems may attempt to direct coaches off the M4 at Junction 12. This road is largely unsuitable for coaches and there are limited signposts. Please ensure that your driver follows the directions given on our website, exiting at Junction 13 of the M4, and allowing plenty of time to navigate small lanes.

Visiting by public transport

The nearest main-line rail station to The Living Rainforest is Newbury, eight miles away (also Pangbourne, approximately eight miles). For train times and information please telephone National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit National Rail Enquiries Online at For taxi information from Newbury, please see below. Newbury Buses run a service to “Hampstead Norreys, Water Street” which is a 10 minute walk from The Living Rainforest. Please note that the walk is uphill and part of it is without a pavement, so please exercise caution. Timetable information: Newbury Buses services 6 and 6A (this service does not operate on Sundays or Bank Holidays). The Living Rainforest offers a Green Discount of £1 off the admission price for each individual arriving by train, bus or bicycle. (Note: This discount does not apply to already-discounted group admission rates.) If you arrive by bus, please show your ticket at reception when buying your admission tickets.

Taxi from Newbury

Dolphin Taxis in Newbury (01635 222222) offers a fixed fare of £20 between Newbury Town Centre and The Living Rainforest. We understand that the offer is available to passengers who quote ‘Living Rainforest Fixed Fare’ and arrange to be picked up between 9.15am and 4.30pm from either Newbury Town Centre or The Living Rainforest.

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