The area that is now full of office blocks such as the glass 'Blade' building as well as the aptly named 'Abbey House' and 'Abbots House' was once the practical, service end of Reading Abbey.

There would have been a dormitory for abbey servants and guests to sleep, a refectory (dining hall), a mill and the abbey kitchen.

Digging Deeper - The Story of Reading

In addition to the standing remains of Reading Abbey, Reading Museum holds an extensive collection of objects that bring the Abbey Quarter's story to life.

The Story of Reading Gallery at Reading Museum explores our town's long history from its origins in the 6th century right up to the present day. The gallery is the starting point for visitors to explore the Abbey Quarter.

Highlights include coin hoards, a 12th century book, a stunning portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and even some sounds and smells!