Forbury Gardens is a public park in the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. The park is on the site of the outer court of Reading Abbey, which was in front of the Abbey Church. The site was formerly known as the Forbury, and one of the roads flanking the current gardens is still known as The Forbury. Fairs were held on the site three times a year until the 19th century.To visit Forbury Gardens on your holiday in Reading, and find out what else Reading has to offer, use our Reading.
The gardens are listed as Grade II in the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Forbury, a suburb of the New Zealand city of Dunedin, was named after the gardens by early resident William Henry Valpy, who was born in Reading.
Forbury Gardens reviews
Nice green escape, it's effectively Reading's Central Park from what I could tell. Nice place to sit and chill but isn't huge so not really something I'd say in would be a destination trip place. Its more like a small park but its a very nice small park.
Perfect place to chill on a warm day. Surprisingly busy during lunch. It has a sandwich kiosk but many people buy from nearby coffee shops. Abbey ruins adjacent. If I remember correctly Summer is a coming in, was written there, the oldest song written down in English.
Plan your trip to Reading
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Reading
Side trips from Reading
Hidden gems in Reading
Historic Sites in Reading
Parks in Reading
Trips to Forbury Gardens by other users
31 days in Berkshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Newbury Windsor 17 days in Greater London & Reading BY A USER FROM EGYPT Harmondsworth Reading Hounslow 30 days in Henley-on-Thames BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Vale & Downland Museum Didcot Railway Centre St. Mary the Virgin Church 31 days in Berkshire BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Windsor Hungerford 59 days in Milton Keynes, Poole & Reading BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Milton Keynes Poole Reading 22 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM CANADA London Bath Brighton