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Address: Reading Centre, Reading, England
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Ruins

Lovely hidden gem to Reading. Its great proof that we actually do have some history to Reading! Shame you cant get in to explore properly though

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Funchal, Portugal
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The best place for pictures, just felt in love instantly, and will be back in less than a month, and just looking forward to

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

These are lovely ruins....don't understand why they are closed off to visitors.....come on Reading council, shake a leg and get on with whatever you are doing.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Lovely hidden gem to Reading. Its great proof that we actually do have some history to Reading! Shame you cant get in to explore properly though

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Bramley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The historical significance of the abbey to Reading is massive. The ruins are deemed unsafe and the local authority has been seeking funds to make safe. in the meantime the walk through the abbey is closed and no functions are held there. I look forward to the traditional open air theatre events happening there again in the not too distant... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The local town council need to get these made safe, and re-open the abbey to visitors if they can. Been closed to the public for too long.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 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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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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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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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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