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Morning visit

Well looked after and well laid out. Good quality floral displays. Easy access and good paths... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2018
Hook, United Kingdom
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Wonderful lion statue and Abby ruins

A nice place to stroll on a nice day. Magnificent lion statue and Abby ruins. A pleasant place to... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forbury Gardens is conveniently located near to Reading Town centre and a nice green space to sit, relax and take in the many aspects - these include the somewhat austere War Memorial dedicated to those from the area who lost their lives in the two...More

Thank nnmercman
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Well looked after and well laid out. Good quality floral displays. Easy access and good paths. Peaceful location and has abbey and museum nearby. Refreshment establishments within easy reach.

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Reviewed 28 August 2018

These are a small set of gardens bordering the town and prison, the statue is lovely memorial, and the gardens themselves small, bit well designed and worth a 10 min look around, or they are a peaceful place to sit for lunch. Handy for the...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

A nice place to stroll on a nice day. Magnificent lion statue and Abby ruins. A pleasant place to spend time perhaps with a sandwich at lunch time.

Thank jillianarb
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Forbury Gardens is a fine park in the centre of Reading. It faces the gateway of the medieval Abbey, and it is dominated by a huge statue of a lion commemorating soldiers who died in Afghanistan.

Thank KendalTAR
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The ruins of the Reading Abbey are impressive after an extensive refurbishment. Combined with the gardens, our visit to the abbey ruins was a very interesting trip. Informative regarding the history of the English Reformation and for Reading. The Reading Abbey makes a great comparison...More

Thank Timothy M
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Very well maintained and pleasant town park with lots of Victorian character. A welcome break from the busy shopping centre in Reading nearby. The park has all of the features you would expect from a Victorian park - a bandstand, big sculptures, a fountain and...More

Thank AlinaRC
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Good place to sit and relax in the shaded trees around the lion and waterfeatures .alot quieter than the centre of reading which is around the corner.not much traffic either which is nice.Reading abbey is at the side with easy access.

Thank kwh55
Reviewed 26 July 2018

In the past I have walked through this Park intent on getting somewhere else. On our return to Reading it was nice just to stroll through the park and notice people sitting down with their lunch or playing football or just spending a lazy Sunday...More

Thank CarolyninAsia
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Busy roads, aircraft, building sites, the soundscape has it all. Not suitable for cycling; too many people, paths are all gravel. Don't sit under the trees. They have ants.

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Cristina M
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Response from Charles A A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have walked my dog in the Gardens.
8 October 2017|
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Response from TrevorWallid | Reviewed this property |
At Forbury Gardens? It's a public garden, so just walk around and enjoy its beauty. If you want specific tips about other bits of Reading, feel free to ask - I live here.