What is the Reading Abbey Quarter?

The Reading Abbey Quarter was created to bring together the unique, cultural heritage that exists within the former grounds of Reading Abbey, once one of Europe's largest royal monasteries.

Lying at the heart of Reading, the Abbey Quarter has witnessed almost nine-hundred years of history. The Quarter highlights buildings and monuments of great historical and architectural significance. Notably the Quarter includes Reading Museum, the Town Hall, Reading Gaol, St. James' Church, the Forbury Gardens, and the remains of Reading Abbey. The Abbey Ruins and Gateway are both Grade I listed buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

The ‘Reading Abbey Revealed’ project is currently developing the Abbey Quarter through conservation, interpretation, signage, volunteering and public activities.