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Address: Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, England

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A bit of green in the centre of Reading

We were having a walk around the centre of town and noticed the park and the ruins of the abbey. Whilst it is not the biggest of parks it was refreshing to find somewhere that was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Spencer V
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely town gardens well looked after with established trees and planted areas. Nice area to relax and unwind. Has a bandstand in the centre with live music on occasions. Other events on through the year and located next to the historical site of Reading Abbey and Reading Prison.

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Thank Tim B
Reading, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were having a walk around the centre of town and noticed the park and the ruins of the abbey. Whilst it is not the biggest of parks it was refreshing to find somewhere that was so close to the centre of town but so peaceful. My daughter and I had a walk around and then sat under the tree... More 

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Thank Spencer V
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since I was a child I have loved visting the Forbury gardens. I love the Lion, Bandstand, Mount and Goldfish pond. It is even better now as I can buy a drink to enjoy as I sit and contemplate the world and life.

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Thank sheine p
Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having grown up in Reading from 1964 I can't remember the last time I visited the forbury must have been on a school trip in the 70's I was delighted to see it hasn't changed much, the bandstand and lion still there, gardens laid to lawn and flowers, pathways are laid mostly to Tarmac making it accessible for everyone, new... More 

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Thank debs19642701
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the weather is nice, this is a lovely safe park to spend some quiet moments. Most weekends there is an event in the park.

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Thank londonbos2n
Belfast, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park is small and if you are nearby it's pleasant to take a rest in but I wouldn't go out of the way to visit it

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Thank ThePurd
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very noisy, surrounded by building sites, dirty, crowded and small, not at all what i was expecting from the reviews and photographs.

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Thank dddonnaaaa
Reading, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go into Reading to go shopping and have had enough or just need a little down time great place to go and sit let the world pass you by really well kept gardens and only 5 minutes from the station or the town center

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Thank ghbell56
Reading, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A really nice, but not very large, park on the edge of the city centre. Beautifully planted, but with plenty of grass too. A bandstand with weekend brass band performances in summer. An old civil war (probably) mound gives views across the park and beyond. Linked to the historic old ruins of Reading's once major Abbey, although scandalously these are... More 

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Thank Chris W
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The park is very well maintained. Very beautiful trees and gardens. Peaceful place! Perfect to relax.

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Thank Ricardo M

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