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Reading Abbey Ruins & Reading Museum

Blagrave Street

South East
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In 2021, Reading Abbey celebrates its 900th anniversary. Founded by King Henry I of England in 1121, the Abbey was one of the largest medieval structures in Europe. It is the burial place of Henry I (1136), hosted Parliament in 1453 and suffered the fate of many Catholic religious buildings upon its Dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539. Visitors to the Abbey Ruins can explore the Chapter House, Transept and Monks Dormitory, and the Abbey Gateway which includes Jane Austen’s school room, and see the walls of the prison which held Oscar Wilde from 1895-97. Visits begins in Reading Museum which tells the story of the Abbey’s foundation as well as a gallery dedicated to the only full-scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Visits are self-guided or groups can book a guide via the Museum.

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Group rates £150 per group



Covid-19 Specific Information

Although currently unable to welcome groups to the Museum/Abbey Ruins due to current COVID restrictions, we are taking enquiries for 2021 and hope to be able to confirm those once COVID restrictions allow. The group offer will be reviewed in line with changing government advice. To register your interest email us
We offer a programme of outdoor walking tours focusing on the history of Reading Abbey and its surrounding precinct, known as the Reading Abbey Quarter, including the Abbey Gateway. All tours start in the Story of Reading gallery at Reading Museum.



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Matthew Williams

0118 937 3400

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