Reading Abbey Ruins
Reading Abbey Ruins
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The Abbey Ruins will re-open on 16 June 2018.
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Lucy T
Isle of Wight, UK298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Free to look at and interesting info to read as you walk through. A nice historical piece of history so worth seeing if you’re visiting the area.
Written 3 April 2024
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,961 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Most of what is left is ruins but it is well-signed and the history explained . The Abbey was foundered by Henry 1 in 1121 and mostly destroyed by Henry VIII in 1538. Well worthy of a stroll around.
Written 20 January 2024
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
These ruins are excellent.
There are many plaques describing what the different areas would have looked like before the abbey was looted and destroyed by Henry XIII.
Written 4 October 2023
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Ward D
Satellite Beach, FL2,845 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Abbey ruins are at the heart of Reading history. To truly get the most out of the experience of the Abbey Ruins, I would highly recommend that you go to the Reading Museum first and learn about the history of the entire city. The museum has pieces of the Abbey on display and what you learn there will help you to understand how the ruins play into the whole of Reading’s past. The ruins are about a 5-minute walk through Forbury Gardens and are free to the public and all outdoors. There are several structures with informational signs throughout the various parts of the grounds. They are ruins so that should be a clear indication that these are not complete structures, they are pieces of the buildings from 900 years before. It is all outdoors so I would not suggest visiting if it is raining. Each of the informational signs explains where you are in relation to the structures as they were when they were built. When I visited the site they had just finished having a music festival on the grounds so we had to pick our way around the structures to read some of the signs. It is a wonderful piece of history that is well maintained and explained from the placards. It is also free to the public. I would highly recommend to visitors to learn about it and visit it.
Written 27 September 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,961 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The monastery dated back to 1121 and was once of the largest in Europe and this can be seen in the ruins which are well presented with paths and signs. Close to the city center and worth a visit
Written 23 September 2023
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BundyClub
Bundanoon, Australia541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A free attraction to visit. The ruins are well signposted with information boards. The walking trails are well maintained and afford views over the ruins and the river.
Written 20 April 2023
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Emily
London, UK398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Well maintained site allowing a good view of the ruins. Plenty of information signs explaining the layout. Benches also available to sit in the peace and quite. Not a large site but certainly worth a visit.
Written 21 January 2023
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Junnaid
Karachi, Pakistan410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Abbey Ruins Central Reading, United Kingdom Its located at a 5-min walk from the Central Reading Market Place area and has very easy access
Founded by Henry 1 in 1121 and once one of Europe's largest royal monasteries and located between the Forbury Gardens and the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal
Written 2 December 2022
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Anni C
Bryanston, South Africa15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I loved the peace that could be felt within this site!
History and explanations of the life of a monk is dotted around which makes the whole experience more meaningful
Written 14 November 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,394 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Very nice historic site, but the grounds aren’t very well kept. It is small, and not lots to see, but still interesting and worth a visit.
Written 1 October 2022
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