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Address: Reading Centre, Reading, England

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Lovely Old Ruins

Unfortunately, the ruins are still inaccessible to the public. It has been a ridiculously long time. As an engineer I honestly couldn't see that the walls were in any immediate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
JonathanSuch2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, the ruins are still inaccessible to the public. It has been a ridiculously long time. As an engineer I honestly couldn't see that the walls were in any immediate danger of collapse. Certainly no more so than a lot of other ruins I have visited. Health and Safety have a lot to explain....... They could make a clearly demarcated... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I've lived in Reading for over 5 years now and the ruins have never been open. You can walk around the outer wall which is several feet high but you won't see much of what is inside sadly. Closed for repairs for years.

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Thank Vawn K
Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

Ok place but not so exciting or special. Besides you can find riins like that all over Europe. Nice opportunity to learn some history though.

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Thank DanaiF
Wokingham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

I saw the ruins many years ago and was surprised to find today it all closed up. Due to safety fears you cannot get into the site. I walked around it and you can see something, but not the same.

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Thank Mike P
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

I can spend hours there, and barely see anyone else on some days ! brilliant if you want a quiet place to relax, read or simply think . Fabulously romantic too, I loved going there with my boyfriend before we left Reading. Amazing that this place doesn't get crowded.. I guess people simply do not realise it is ther

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1 Thank JennyEN3
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

A nice quiet place to relax in the centre of reading is part or the forbury gardens . used to go here with girlfriends to sit and chat and get away from the hustle and bustle of town.

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1 Thank Lenny A
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Unless you like looking at flint walls and have a very vivide imagatantion it's not worth a visit trust me

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2 Thank Magpie1965
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Considering this is the site of the burial of Henry 1, and they are looking to find his remains ala Richard 3, this area need money and effort applied to it by the council. Most areas cannot be accessed because they are too dangerous (risk of falling stones). Could be a real draw for the town with some effort and... More 

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Thank Paul S
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Situated in the heart of Reading , the ruins are a wonderfully historic location set on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Waterside is very calming. The ruins themselves are set in lawns and walkways where their full might and splendour can be appreciated.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

The place where King Henry I is buried, the head abbott was tried for treason and a site that was of massive power and financial influence. Jane Austin went to school around there and what was the abbey grounds that is now the old prison is where Oscar Wilde went to prison for being homosexual. All in a few square... More 

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