An Rare Insight into Medieval Reading

Tour Medieval Reading and Reading Abbey with local expert Matthew Williams

Date:Sat, 12 May 2018
Pricing:Members £5, Non-members £8 (includes a donation to Reading Museum)
Time:10.30 am to 12.30 pm approx
Contact:General enquiries to Peter Stanier –

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.

Reading Abbey


Each event can be booked online. Once we receive your initial booking we will check the available spaces and send you a confirmation email (this may take a day or two). Book walk online here

If you are unable to book your walk online then you should contact our Walks Secretary at , giving your name, contact telephone number and email address together with your choice of events you wish to book. It is important you let us know how many member and/or non-member places you require for each event.


Please do not pay until you have received a confirmation email from our Secretary. If you have access to internet banking then after you have made a booking and received your confirmation it is easiest to pay CBA Wessex by direct payment to Sort code 20-75-01 Account number 43040208. You MUST quote your surname and event date(s) in the payment reference field in order that we can match your payment to your booking(s).

If you are unable to pay through internet banking then you should make a cheque payable to CBA Wessex and send it to our Treasurer at 8 Newstead Court, 41 Newstead Road, Bournemouth BH6 3HL. Please accompany your cheque with a note to let our Treasurer know who you are and the date of the event(s) you are paying for, also whether you booked online or through our Events Secretary.

It is OK to make one payment for multiple bookings. We simply need to know what your payment is for in order that we can match it against your booking(s). Unfortunately your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received by CBA Wessex.