We welcome group visits to Reading Museum and the historic Reading Abbey Quarter. We offer private tours for groups of 10 people and over.

Advance booking is essential and we recommend booking as far ahead as you can.

Museum Talks & Tours

We offer a range of talks and tours for groups with prices from £45. Contact us with your request for talks and tours, letting us know the size of your group and the preferred subject and we will let you know what is available. See below for information about our popular Welcome and Wow! and Bayeux tours. We also have a regular programme of public talks which may be of interest to you. Schools please see our schools page.

Entry to the Museum is free but we suggest a donation of £3 per person.

Welcome & Wow!

A 20 minute introduction to the Museum and an insight into our fascinating collections, delivered by our Museum team. A great way to begin your visit before heading off around the galleries.

Cost £45 for 10 to a maximum of 16 people

Bayeux Tapestry tour

A 45 minute guided tour of our famous full-sized facsimile of the Bayeux Tapestry, led by our Museum gallery team.

Cost £75 for 10 to a maximum of 20 people (available Tuesday - Friday 2.30pm - 4pm or Saturday am)

Outdoor Walking Tours

We are currently running a programme of outdoor walking tours focusing on the history of Reading Abbey and its surrounding precinct, known as the Reading Abbey Quarter. This is linked to the current Reading Abbey Revealed project.

All tours start in the new Story of Reading gallery at Reading Museum and are led by our knowledgeable, friendly volunteer tours guides.

Reading Abbey Quarter tour

This tour runs for 90 minutes and explores the heart of medieval Reading. It highlights key features in the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed, Reading's involvement in the English Civil War and ends in the newly-conserved Reading Abbey Ruins, which was re-opened in June 2018.

Cost £150 for 10 to a maximum of 20 people

Reading Abbey Gateway tour

This 45 minute tour goes inside the newly restored medieval Abbey Gateway and this Grade I listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done, as part of the Reading Abbey Revealed project, to bring it back to life. 

Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors.

Cost £75 for 10 to a maximum of 20 people

Parking

Reading Museum and the Reading Abbey Ruins do not have onsite parking. Both are based within the town centre and conveniently located less than two minutes from Reading rail and bus station. There are further details on our How to get here webpage.

Booking details

Please use the online enquiry form with your request for talks and tours, letting us know the size of your group and the preferred subject and we will let you know what is available.

If you are interested in educational visit, please visit our Schools page for further information.

Please note your booking is only provisional until you have received a confirmation email from our Learning Team. If you have any questions please email us for more details.

Please complete our online enquiry form below.

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