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Atmospheric but....

Finally the restored remains are open to the public. Wandered through on a rainy afternoon. There... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2019
Well worth a walk around

At one time this was the biggest Abbey and monastery in Europe. They have just been reopened after... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2018
Reading, United Kingdom
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The Abbey Ruins will re-open on 16 June 2018.
Reading Centre, Reading, England
+44 118 937 3400
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forbury park is a very pleasant experiance in itself but walking to the Abbey Ruins is like walking back in time. if you have any imagination there are Monks going about their work and praying.The sheer scale of the place is breath taking

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mick7074
Reviewed February 10, 2019

Finally the restored remains are open to the public. Wandered through on a rainy afternoon. There is signage but one never really gets an idea of the layout and scale of what was Reading Abbey.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Valise2
Reviewed February 6, 2019 via mobile

I'm 34 and left Reading 17 years ago so I can't imagine how long it must have been since I visited the Abbey Ruins as a kid. I do remember being fascinated by how old they are and imagining there being ghosts. I wanted to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ChewBoo
Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

Impressive ruined walls - even more so when you read that they used to be twice as high as you see now, it's hard to get your head around the sheer scale of it! Really well done with interesting interpretation boards about what each section...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sophie G
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We knew Reading Abbey was big and significant but didn't realise quite how much. the new access and very informative boards turn what were a load of old ruins into an atmospheric and educational visit. Every Readingensian should go, and take their friends and family.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Philip M
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Even though I’ve been here before when I was a child living in reading this time I really took in its history it must have been a magical place in its time century’s ago well worth a visit if you like history

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sandie C
Reviewed November 25, 2018

The abbey ruins was well worth a visit thr rennovations have been extremely well done with lots of information available. Also worth visiting the museum at the same time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John G
Reviewed November 18, 2018

At one time this was the biggest Abbey and monastery in Europe. They have just been reopened after a long renovation that stopped them all falling down. Worth a stroll around on a sunny day - will only take 15 mins or so but it’s...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank julia195491
Reviewed November 10, 2018

It is great to have the abbey ruins open once again after being closed for restoration for so long. The restoration has been done very well and has created a peaceful haven in the centre of Reading. A very interesting Reading abbey town trail has...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ES1211
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

A very relaxing spot in the centre of Reading. Good informative signs help to understand the history and the grounds are kept well to make it an enjoyable visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
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