Plan an exciting visit to the Reading Abbey Quarter.

Currently the ruins of Reading Abbey are closed for vital conservation work and will re-open on 16 June 2018. We will update this page as the Reading Abbey Revealed project develops.

If you have 1 or 2 hours

Visit Reading Museum and learn about the Abbey’s prominent role in the town’s history. See beautiful examples of stonework from this internationally significant site. Marvel at ‘Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry’ and follow the journey of King Henry I’s father, William the Conqueror. Browse our shop and enjoy refreshments in our cafe.

If you have half a day

After visiting our permanent displays in Reading Museum, head outside into the Abbey Quarter and explore the 900 years of history. You can pick up a free ‘Friends of Reading Abbey’ walking guide from the Museum. As you stand by the ruins, take a look and see the current conservation work. You can then enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Oscar Wilde Walk beside the River Kennet to our small Riverside Museum which is open from April to October. Our visit page has more information about what you can see and do in the Abbey Quarter.

Check our full activity programme to see if there are any events and tours in the Museum or Abbey Quarter to add to your trip.

If you are a school or group please find out more about booking your visit on the Reading Museum website.