Forbury Gardens is a charming Victorian town garden which have been restored to include most of its original features. The gardens are located between Reading town centre and the old ruins of the 11th century Reading Abbey. In our busy city Forbury Gardens provides a nice quiet reprieve with its surrounding walls encapsulating the garden. During the summer bands play live at the bandstand and you can grab a coffee or an ice-cream if the sun is out from the Kiosk during the summer.
Reading Abbey was commissioned by Henry I all the way back in 1121 and he was also buried there in 1136. Today its ruins can still be visited and straight away you will notice the sheer scale of what was once the focal point of Reading. You can still enjoy some of the beautiful architecture of the abbey as St. Laurence’s Church and the old Gateway still stand
Our award-winning museum first opened its doors in 1883. For years Reading Museum has provided a platform for those who want to learn and also enjoyment to all who enter its doors. Well known as a unique venue for hosting exhibitions and conferences with the Museum & Town Hall’s period rooms. Throughout the year the Concert Hall regularly hosts classical music and comedy acts.
Begin your Heritage Walk from the Town Centre and learn about our city’s rich heritage as you pass our major landmarks. During your stroll through the streets of Reading you will encounter famous landmarks such as the Town Hall Complex, Reading Prison and Oscar Wilde, Abbey Ruins and The Kennet among others.
Madejski Stadium is home to Reading FC who play in the Football League Championship and London Irish who play in the RFU Championship. With a capacity of over 24,000 this stadium provides a fantastic atmosphere on matchdays where both teams play host to teams from all around the UK and Europe.