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Reading Abbey Ruins

Reading Centre, Reading, England
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Ranked #32 of 41 Attractions in Reading
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: The ruined walls of the medieval Reading Abbey, founded in 1121 by King Henry 1, still stand close to Reading Town Centre. The Abbey went on to... more »
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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It's a shame that when you visit the Abbey there isn't much to see. Reading museum has lots of history available & if you visit the Abbey alongside the museum you get some idea of how the Abbey was. I am looking forward to the future of the Abbey and think Reading definately needs to get this site set up... More

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Brasilia, DF
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Well, I was disappointed when visiting the ruins, as they are closed to the public. There is plenty to see around the ruins, though. You can walk through the park and see a beautiful monument. If you're in the neighborhood, it's worth visiting.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Peaceful, calm and tranquil. We did love it and spent more time you need to but I guess everyone is different. Suggest you allow about 2 hours to full appreciate this piece of our history.

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Reading, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I was born and raised in Reading and I agree with other visiters comments . I am 70yrs old now but when I was young we could walk and have picnics in the Abbey ruins our shcools used to take us to see the Abbey , it was a safe and peaceful place to visit. Alas our town councillers did... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Situated between a prison, a park, and a canal, this abbey was clearly destroyed a long time ago. The ruins are a small part of it, with the rest being under the prison. It's been closed off for years now, since it's still in the process of falling down. You're not missing much anyway, though. Having seen it before it... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Do not bother even trying to get access to this. the whole area is inaccessible and in dire need of urgent attention. the canal walk is pretty which is about as close as you will get to this.

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130 reviews 130 reviews
45 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Sadly as others say this is not one you can visit. All locked away and no where you can really see anything over the fence. Was supprise to see this so close to the centre of Reading. Lets hope that some restores so other get to have a look. The Forbury park close by is quite nice to just sit... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Extraordinary history but unfortunately no restoration/protection of the structures have been funded to make the site secure for tourists to be able to get inside the grounds and view this important historical site. Very sad site has such historical relevance to the area/region. Henry VIII revenge lives on

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Charlottetown, Canada
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33 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Built almost 1000 years ago...the fact that any of it remains blows my mind. Walking through the ruins you can picture the structure of how it once looked. There are drawings and paintings of the beauty. To see the heart and soul poured into building it...and then the hatred that destroyed it...some 400 years later. I am not a religious... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
43 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I was really looking forward to visiting the remains of Reading Abbey, so was very disappointed to discover when I got there that the site has been 'temporarily' closed since 2009. You can peer through the gates for a limited view, and there are a few explanatory signs telling you what you're looking at, but it's mostly inaccessible and with... More

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