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Reading Abbey Quarter Tour

28 Sep 2019-21 Mar 2020

Important update for Reading Arts and Venues

Following the latest Government announcement on Monday 16 March regarding COVID-19, we regret to announce that this event has been postponed.

We are working closely with our tour promoters, artistes and partners to reschedule shows and events wherever possible and we will update all ticket holders as soon as these options are confirmed. If this show is ultimately cancelled, ticket holders will be contacted and automatically receive a refund within 30 days.

For more information please see our COVID-19 updates page.


£10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us).



1½-hour tour, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery

Abbey days are here again! 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. 

Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Alternative routes that do not include the Gateway are available, please enquire if you have questions on accessibility.



All ages



Morning tours begin at 11AM and afternoon tours start at 2PM.