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Well worth a walk around

At one time this was the biggest Abbey and monastery in Europe. They have just been reopened after... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Reading, United Kingdom
Pleasantly surprised

Last came here in 2002 & was delighted to see the subsequent restoration. Signs were really... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Wellington, New Zealand
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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 days ago

At one time this was the biggest Abbey and monastery in Europe. They have just been reopened after a long renovation that stopped them all falling down. Worth a stroll around on a sunny day - will only take 15 mins or so but it’s...More

Thank julia195491
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is great to have the abbey ruins open once again after being closed for restoration for so long. The restoration has been done very well and has created a peaceful haven in the centre of Reading. A very interesting Reading abbey town trail has...More

Thank ES1211
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very relaxing spot in the centre of Reading. Good informative signs help to understand the history and the grounds are kept well to make it an enjoyable visit.

Thank ReadingTrips
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Recently restored and reopened to the public. Based on some reviews, we were surprised at how much remains there were. The abbey was built in 1121 by Henry I and was one of the largest abbeys in Europe. Henry was buried here, but they did...More

Thank Owenthomas
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Last came here in 2002 & was delighted to see the subsequent restoration. Signs were really interesting and informative. Pleased that the role of this building throughout history is being recognised and shared. Helpful to look at the signs in order for a self-guided tour.

Thank Stellarwella
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Recently renovated and done tastefully. Plenty of informative signs and good pathways. Toilets on site, but appeared to be temporary. A very informative visit which gave a thorough understanding of the abbeys history.

Thank johnhU5618XE
Reviewed 26 September 2018

It is a good place for a Sunday afternoon after a stroll around the gardens an interesting place to visit

Thank wendy b
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Lovingly restored by RBC this is now a great trail with well thought out and informative explanation boards. takes at least an hour and there are free tours thru the Museum

Thank ReadingDavid
Reviewed 5 September 2018

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 5 September 2018

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
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Opened 16 June this year