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Address: Reading Centre, Reading, England

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Excellent preservation effort in the middle of a busy town

The ruins are beautifully preserved and used as open stage for Shakespeare performances in the summer. It's lovely to see how you can walk along the ruins even further down... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tania C
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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ruins are beautifully preserved and used as open stage for Shakespeare performances in the summer. It's lovely to see how you can walk along the ruins even further down towards the town in between new tall buildings. Very clever way of preserving the Abbey.

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Thank Tania C
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Reading Abbey first 3 years ago, and while visiting had hoped to look around the ruins of this historically significant place. Henry I of England had it built and was buried somewhere within it. The Richard III discovery seemed to spark some hope of some effort at Reading. Discovered large areas were just not accessible by the... More 

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Thank spiddob
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

You're no longer able to visit the ruins - the site is classed has dangerous and, as a result, has been closed for some time. You can see some of the ruins from Forbury Gardens though!

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1 Thank Em L
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

its another nice place to visit in reading , but its closed temporarily and ive seen travelers walk out in disappointment...guess the walls are old and would fall off anytime, may be the reason behind the close...looking forward to a day when this great historic place would be opened again for the public

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1 Thank dorlandooo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The car park is a fair distance from the main attraction here (the amphitheater) Although the amount of ruins that are still around to see is not huge, there is only bits of the wall and the remains of the amphitheater, it is well worth a visit. It is made especially interesting by the information panels dotted along the circular... More 

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Thank Rhiannon C
Reading
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best , yet sadly is currently not able to be properly access due to safety concerns. It is a real shame as this is one of Reading's most famous, well known and historical sites. As it has been closed for several years the priority now has to be to mane it secure and then reopen... More 

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Thank Stumpy12345
Boston, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I walked from the town centre to visit late morning, but it was locked up with no sign of life. I could find nothing to indicate opening times or even if it would open again.

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Thank Ken C
Reading, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Informative boards outside and views through several gates but sadly awaiting stabilisation of the walls before reopening

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Thank Matilda B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Worth seeing as entry is free. However last time I was in prospect park the ruins were closed for renovation.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Unfortunately, the ruins are still inaccessible to the public. It has been a ridiculously long time. As an engineer I honestly couldn't see that the walls were in any immediate danger of collapse. Certainly no more so than a lot of other ruins I have visited. Health and Safety have a lot to explain....... They could make a clearly demarcated... More 

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