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Number of stores: 90

Size of the centre: 820,000 sq. ft.

Centre owner: Hammerson (50%), Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (50%)

Year The Oracle was opened: 1999

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About The Oracle, Reading

The Oracle Shopping Centre was built by Hammerson, opening in September 1999. Located on the banks of the River Kennet, the Oracle is the largest shopping venue in Reading containing over 90 stores. Anchored by Debenhams and House of Fraser, The Oracle is also located close to the Reading John Lewis. Other stores include, PC World, Hobbs, Crew Clothing and Boots. Much of the leisure facilities (including a Vue Cinema) and restaurants at The Oracle are located around the River Kennet, linked by two footbridges, creating a space for relaxation and alfresco dining. 

Opening Time

Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 7pm

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Travel and parking

By car: The Oracle is located in the centre of Reading and can be reached from Junctions 10, 11 and 12 on the M4. From Junction 10 join the A329M towards Reading. From the A329M take exit sign-posted Reading and then take the A4 London Road into the centre of Reading. From Junction 11 take the A33 and follow the signs to Reading town centre. From Junction 12 travel down the A4 Bath Road, until you meet the first major roundabout. At this roundabout with traffic lights take the third exit and follow the signs for the centre.

If you are using a SatNav or a route finder website enter the postcode RG1 2AG for directions from your current location.

Nearest train station: Reading Railway Station is less than a five minute walk from The Oracle.

Parking spaces: 2,300

Parking charge: £1.30 for one hour.

Additional Information

The Oracle shopping centre takes its name from a 17th century workhouse that once occupied a small part of the site where the shopping centre now stands.