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Forbury Gardens

Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, England
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Ranked #10 of 42 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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Diss, United Kingdom
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220 reviews 220 reviews
124 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

After a walk along the Thames path we walked through the gardens to access the town centre. It was about 6.00 pm but there were still lots of people enjoying all the park has to offer. The lion statue is very impressive and names all the fallen from the first world war from the local Royal Berks regiment, which by... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Forbury Gardens are as well kept as ever and the lion is worth a visit in his own right. St James' Church and the old primary school are lovely old stone buildings. The walk along the River Thames there with the Abbey Gardens and it's history brings images of Henry VIII disembarking to ones mind. Just a short walk... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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234 reviews 234 reviews
8 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

These gardens have hosted a few events recently which have been quite interesting. The music we heard was good,and it was played on a sunny day, so that worked out well. It is a little calm haven in the the busy town centre of reading. It is also close to a great restaurant (forburys) - so you can have a... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My daughter used to go to the nursery. We got married in the hotel. Had a few disappointing meals in Carluccios - thought not in years - it was that bad! The war memorial tells you that history does repeat itself. Love it.

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Everett, WA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Berkshire Maiwand Memorial--aka the Maiwand Lion--VERY impressive. Commemorates the sacrifice of all but 8 men from the Berkshire regiment in the battle of Maiwand, 2nd Afghan War. Lovely gardens, very near high street and rail station.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

great place to hangout and I love the weekly events which normally goes in summer; the coffee house stays closed most of the time which I would love to see open

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Halden Municipality, Norway
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Little but nice place in the middle of traffic and noice. Locals used it too. Many informationborads about Reading and the gardens past. Very interesting.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Been there with my fiancé and our dog and we just took some lunch with us. After eating we went laying down on the lawn enjoying a great sunny day on a very nice and quite park to relax.

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Blagnac, France
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I first encountered the Forbury Gardens 42 years ago when I came to work in Reading in a nearby office and in the good weather I would sit there and eat my sandwiches. I am glad to say that 42 years on it has lost none of its charm and tranquillity and the awful scheme in the early to mid-1970s... More

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Woodley, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A great place to relax from the hussle and bussle of Reading. Enjoy a pleasant walk around and see the pond newly stocked with fish.

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