7 Mar 2020 - 11:00am to 21 Mar 2020 - 11:00am

Venue: Abbey Ruins

Abbey days are here again! Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our trained volunteer guides. This tour takes you to the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed, the impressive conserved Reading Abbey ruins and ends in a unique visit inside the Abbey Gateway, the grand entrance to the Abbot’s Lodgings which became Queen Elizabeth I’s royal residence. Have some myths busted and explore the fascinating history of Reading Abbey Quarter, taking in the ancient and modern stories of this centre, from the lives of Medieval monks to the Georgian schooldays of Jane Austen. 

Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Alternative routes that do not include the Gateway are available, please enquire if you have questions on accessibility.



All ages,



1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery.


Reviews of the Reading Abbey Quarter Tour

" Lots of very interesting sites to visit"

"Excellent - lively guide. Thanks"

"Really interesting tour, it brought the Abbey to life"

"Engaging guide. Very informative regarding Abbey and some of the wider history of Reading."