Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Berkshire  /  Reading  /  Forbury Gardens

Forbury Gardens, Reading

#5 of 15 in Parks in Reading
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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.

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.
To visit Forbury Gardens on your holiday in Reading, and find out what else Reading has to offer, use our Reading.
Create an itinerary including Forbury Gardens
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Forbury Gardens reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
340 reviews
  • A very pleasant oasis of peace and tranquillity in an otherwise busy town centre. Even more so on a nice sunny day.  more »
  • It's okay....but just for the Reading Abbey ruins & the commemorative Lion sculpture memorial that honors veterans & that makes it worthwhile but as as a garden no.  more »
  • 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 trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.