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Address: Reading Centre, Reading, England

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Currently closed - but will they find remains of Henry I ??

At the moment not that much to see or do - since there is a lot of safety structural work going on. What will make this site really interesting will be the attempts to find the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
BobandJosie
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

At the moment not that much to see or do - since there is a lot of safety structural work going on. What will make this site really interesting will be the attempts to find the remains of Henry I - who founded Reading Abbey and which was a huge building in its day

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I worked right across the Kennet & Avon Canal from the abbey ruins in the early '90s while an American expat living in London. Walked through them every day on my way to and from the train station. Looked out my office window at them daily. Ate my lunch while sitting amongst them occasionally. Twenty years later I returned to... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Wonderful ruins, just a shame that they are closed to the public doe to safety, Hope the council plans to regenerate the area in to a alfresco cafe district go ahead as this will give a reason to re open the ruins, there are tiolets and a cafe in the park next to the ruins

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The ruins of the ancient Abbey in Reading are almost hidden in the shadow of the (former) Reading gaol. The ruins themselves are just that...no real information and no structure to see except for the remains of some flint stone walls. There is a fair amount of history associated with the old Abbey, but it certainly isn't in evidence at... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
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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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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
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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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Reading
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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