Forbury Gardens
Forbury Gardens
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Lucy T
Isle of Wight, UK298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Pretty gardens and a perfect spot for a picnic. There were groups of people taking photos with the blossom tree and the gardens lead directly to/from the abbey, so two nice places to see right together.
Written 3 April 2024
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,961 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Forbury Gardens was a picturesque English garden adjacent to the Abbey Ruins and dates back to the time the Abbey was built by Henry 1. It has some interesting features including the Maiwand lion.
Written 19 January 2024
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A very pretty public garden in the middle of Reading.
There is direct access to the abbey ruins from here and is also close to the Kennet River.
Plenty of places to sit down and enjoy the tranquility of the park.
Written 4 October 2023
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Ward D
Satellite Beach, FL2,844 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The site and the Abbey Ruins next door have cultural significance to the area dating back to the 12th century. To get the most out of your visit, I would recommend stopping by the Reading Museum first to read about how the park and ruins fit into Reading's history. The park is a delightful urban oasis located right next to the Abbey Ruins and just about a 5-minute walk to the Reading Museum. It really is a charming green space located in the heart of Reading, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park boasts beautifully landscaped gardens, a picturesque pond, and historical features like the famous Maiwand Lion statue. When we visited, it had well-maintained paths that made it a pleasant spot for leisurely strolls. Its historical resonance adds a unique touch to the park's ambiance. If you are interested in a nice place to go to relax or explore, this could be it. The pathways are wide and the grounds are well-kept and pretty. For more specific details and visitor reviews, you can check out local travel websites or the official Reading Borough Council website.
Written 28 September 2023
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Christopher Q
Ellesmere, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Very pleasant park where we were able to sit for a coffee and people watch. A magnificent military sculpture of a lion sits resplendent in the centre to match a commemorative cross erected to the memory of King Henry I . In the background is the RC church built by Pugin. We were there to see the grave of King Henry who was buried in the now ruinous Abbey .
Written 18 August 2023
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IanTravller M
Reading, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A formal garden laid out in what was the outer court yard of Reading Abbey. Benches available for sitting and there are toilets and a place to buy drinks.
Events are held sometimes. Access to Reading Abbey Ruins from the garden.
Written 16 November 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,394 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a nice park for people to hang out and enjoy. It is in the city center and close to the train station. it is most beautiful in Spring.
Written 1 October 2022
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christine h
Reading, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
sat and had some lunch on one of the benches in the park on a sunny May day, great seeing so many others enjoying the lovely weather. the Maiwand Lion looked impressive as always and the grounds looked neat and tidy
Written 19 May 2022
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Nicole L
Reading, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
If you don't live in Reading or you have not heard of Forbury Gardens, this is one of the most prettiest parts of Reading. Especially during summer. Well worth a visit if you want to have some calm time.
Written 8 April 2022
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malc1005
Kettering, UK4,787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We had a lovely walk in this park, looking at the memorial, the fountain, the Bandstand and the sculptures.
Written 16 February 2022
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