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Very Victorian town park

Very well maintained and pleasant town park with lots of Victorian character. A welcome break from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Relax and rest place

Good place to sit and relax in the shaded trees around the lion and waterfeatures .alot quieter... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruins of the Reading Abbey are impressive after an extensive refurbishment. Combined with the gardens, our visit to the abbey ruins was a very interesting trip. Informative regarding the history of the English Reformation and for Reading. The Reading Abbey makes a great comparison...More

Thank Timothy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well maintained and pleasant town park with lots of Victorian character. A welcome break from the busy shopping centre in Reading nearby. The park has all of the features you would expect from a Victorian park - a bandstand, big sculptures, a fountain and...More

Thank AlinaRC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to sit and relax in the shaded trees around the lion and waterfeatures .alot quieter than the centre of reading which is around the corner.not much traffic either which is nice.Reading abbey is at the side with easy access.

Thank kwh55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the past I have walked through this Park intent on getting somewhere else. On our return to Reading it was nice just to stroll through the park and notice people sitting down with their lunch or playing football or just spending a lazy Sunday...More

Thank CarolyninAsia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Busy roads, aircraft, building sites, the soundscape has it all. Not suitable for cycling; too many people, paths are all gravel. Don't sit under the trees. They have ants.

Thank Skorpychan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located close to Reading railway station is this nice green park that contains a large lion statue, which is a war memorial for the Afgan War in 1880. Plenty of seats around the park and some nice flower beds. There are public toilets onsite.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The garden is layed out in the usual manner with flower beds and mature trees. There are several interesting monuments including the famous lion. There are a variety of places to sit around the edges and on the hill. There are a series of concerts...More

Thank IanTravller M
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is a well-maintained, picturesque little park. As well as some statues and a bandstand, there are actually some important features like 2 pokestops and a pokemon gym. Annoyingly it's often dominated by team Mystic, which is my team and so doesn't offer much opportunity...More

Thank Kelzedar
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This is a pleasant park close to the city which backs onto the abbey ruins. It's worth going to have a look at the lion statue which records the names of some of those who died in the Afghan war of 1879-80 if my memory...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Thank Goodness past generations didn't say build, build, build. Forbury Gardens are the ideal place for a break from work, or to have a picnic. Inside the Gardens is a bandstand where brass bands still play. There are mounds hat were used as cemeteries hundreds...More

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Cristina M
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Response from Charles A A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have walked my dog in the Gardens.
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Response from TrevorWallid | Reviewed this property |
At Forbury Gardens? It's a public garden, so just walk around and enjoy its beauty. If you want specific tips about other bits of Reading, feel free to ask - I live here.