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Forbury Gardens

Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, England
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Ranked #12 of 38 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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Reading, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

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
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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
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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31 reviews 31 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
28 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The Forbury has undergone a face lift recently and it provides a good place for people working in local offices to sit and get some fresh air or eat lunch - in the warm weather rather than in February but I know the Forbury well as I live in Reading. It isn't a major tourist attraction, although the Abbey Ruins... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Beautiful all year round, but definitely at its best in Summer. Grab a book, wander down, and sit in the shade under a tree - or take a picnic and sunbathe. Features a bandstand with surprisingly good musicians and regular events such as craft markets and the Reading Town Meal. Also home to the Forbury Lion memorial statue. Not so... More

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