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This is certainly worth a visit. As ruins go, it is very well laid out and lots of useful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Owen K
Reading, United Kingdom
worth alook

These ruins are worth a look being close to Fornbury gardens, but there are better Abbey ruins in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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The Abbey Ruins will re-open on 16 June 2018.
Reading Centre, Reading, England
+44 118 937 3400
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is certainly worth a visit. As ruins go, it is very well laid out and lots of useful information is provided. Walking distance from town centre and beside the Forbury Gardens where you can have a picnic.

Thank Owen K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is really pleasing to be able to visit the Abbey ruins once again, after being closed for many years. The new signage is a great improvement, with numerous well-positioned information boards throughout the site that convey the history of the site in a very...More

Thank Seehanes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These ruins are worth a look being close to Fornbury gardens, but there are better Abbey ruins in the country to see (albeit not in Reading), but there are definitely worth taking the time to see as the newly installed interpretation panels are done well...More

Thank JLM3080
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see an open air play here and the location was beautiful, a stunning backdrop for a bit of Shakespeare :)

Thank Gemma S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautifully updated site with incredible history which is very well interpreted. The visit is free and with a lot of fascinating spaces is good and safe for all generations! Well worth a return visit and makes more sense when tied into a...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

The Abbey Ruins are a wonderful.place to visit. The conservation work is excellent and there are new interpretation panels throughout allowing you to understand how grand and important the Abbey was. You'll often find guides tours, theatre and outdoor films and a trip to the...More

Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 1 August 2018

The Abbey ruins are a must see if you are visiting or live in Reading, we never got around to seeing them before the recent refurbishment but we went on a beautiful sunny day and found the ruins fascinating and learnt so much new about...More

Thank Shinfield
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Went on excellent guided tour of Reading Abbey ruins. The tour starts at the museum where you can see a scale model of the Abbey and some of the fine stone carvings have been brought in for protection. The Abbey was a huge complex and...More

Thank AlinaRC
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Reading abbey located between Forbury gardens /park and Reading gaol..very peaceful location considering how close it is to Reading centre.Recently all done up and plenty of infomation boards around the whole area.good to see and reflect on history .easy access for wheelchairs.

Thank kwh55
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

If you like history then this is a great place to explore for an hour or so. King Henry 1st is supposed to be buried somewhere amoungst the ruins, try looking for him! Wear sensible shoes and enjoy!

Thank Sharon C
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Opened 16 June this year