The public tours will start again in March 2022

Venue: Abbey Ruins

Pre-bookings for the tour season 2022 will open soon!

Our Abbey Quarter Tours are now suspended for the winter but we will be back in March for a new season.

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. 

COVID-19 information: We will continue to update our rules and restrictions according to Government's directives.


All ages


Every Saturday morning. A one-and-a-half hour tour starting at 11am.


Meet at the statue of Queen Victoria in Town Hall Square, just outside the museum. Please note that the meeting place and some of the stops during the tour might change depending on guidance for COVID-19 safety in place at the time of your tour. 

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'