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Reading Abbey Quarter Tour

Saturdays at 11am from 13th April 2024

Our Abbey Quarter Tours we will be back on Saturday 13th April 2024 for a new season, more dates coming soon!

Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our Official Reading Museum's tour guides.

Starting in the Story of Reading Gallery in Reading Museum and continuing outdoors, this tour will lead you on a discovery of the history and heritage of Reading's Abbey Quarter.

You will explore the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed and the impressive Reading Abbey Ruins. The tour gives you exclusive access to the Abbey Gateway, the grand entrance to the Abbot’s Lodgings which became Queen Elizabeth I’s royal residence, and later the school where Jane Austen studied as a girl. 

Developed and managed by Reading Museum.


All ages


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


Meet at Reading Museum, main reception.

Please note that the meeting place and some of the stops during the tour might change depending on site accessibility at the time of your tour. 

Reviews of the Official 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'