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Forbury Gardens

Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, England
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Ranked #12 of 39 attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Gardens, Parks
Traveler Description: Forbury Gardens is a public open space adjacent to Reading town centre, to the east of the Chruch of St Lawrence. The Gardens were laid out in... more »
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Small and intimate, pretty...on a sunny day an hour spent with a book, newspaper and a coffee is well worth it....maybe an ice cream? There's a little shop right there....

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England UK
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Well laid out and very pleasant on a warm summer's day. Bandstand (with live music); snack kiosk; and the famous Forbury Lion statue of course! Within easy reach of the town centre and station it is a nice spot - Reading could do with more like this.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I really enjoy coming here, especially on Sunday's when there is a band playing. It's always neat and tidy and a relaxing place to be.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Nice greeny quite place for relaxing, eating, and reading. Note: the coffe shop seems open only rarly. Get what you need from the Market Place.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Well groomed gardens and a safe haven. I'm at Forbury gardens a lot due to our office location and never feel unsafe or nervous walking through the pathways - even at night on my own. Worth a visit if you want to relax and enjoy the view.

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Reading
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

These gardens are a joy in the heart of the town. Lots of space, excellent flower beds and the Maiwand Lion war memorial. Great place to chill out, have lunch or just let the world slip by

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Bangalore, India
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

It is worth a walk through the Garden with lots of tree and shade and the unofficial mascot of Reading in the center. with the church right next to it. Very pleasant and you feel refreshed.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Working very close to the Forbury Gardens I come here in the warmer months often with colleagues or by myself on lunch breaks. It's a pleasant little park with the unofficial mascot of Reading - the lion -at the centre. It is often packed with families and seems popular with other local workers on breaks too. Worth a stroll through... More

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Reading
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Well tended gardens with blooming pansies even in February. Nice setting away from the hustle and bustle.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Yes, the gardens are pleasant to look at; don't get me wrong. However they appear to be a bit of an anticlimax considering that they are the most well-known in Reading. What they are in truth is small and neglected. The lion statue is rather impressive, despite having recently been turned into a celebration of Tony Blair's illegal wars. There... More

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