A Tour of Medieval Reading and Reading Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries and an often overlooked jewel of Wessex’s archaeological heritage. The walk will include Reading Museum, the Town Hall, Reading Gaol, St. James’ Church, the Forbury Gardens, and special access to the remains of Reading Abbey which have been closed to the public for several years but are now undergoing a programme of conservation. Matthew Williams is the Reading Museum Manager and instigator of the Reading Abbey Quarter project.
Meet: at Reading Museum main entrance in Blagrave Street (post code RG1 1QH) ready for a 10.30am start.
Directions: Reading Museum is in the town centre, conveniently close to the main railway station. If coming by car there are many central multi-storey car parks, especially serving The Oracle shopping centre. Alternatively Park and Ride services operate from the south and west of Reading, which may be cheaper and less stressful than parking in the town centre.
Accessibility: The walk is in an urban setting so there will be roads to cross, pavements to mount and assorted typical pedestrian obstacles!
There are plenty of places in Reading for refreshments afterwards.
Numbers are limited, so please book early to ensure a place.