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Reading Abbey to Reopen June


The ruins of Reading Abbey are to re-open to the public following an extensive £3.15 million restoration scheme, Reading Abbey Revealed, on June 16. The abbey has been close since 2009, for safety reasons.

In addition to the extensive conservation project, the 900-year-old abbey has benefitted from new signage and a programme of activities to increase customer satisfaction. The project is part of the local council’s ongoing efforts to conserve and develop the Abbey Quarter.

One of 12th century England’s wealthiest monasteries – King Henry I was buried at Reading Abbey – in its heydey it was one of the largest royal monasteries in medieval Europe.

Key features include, the Real Abbey Revealed – newly-created digital reconstructions of the Abbey in its glory, including a fly over the Abbey. Once the entrance to a Tudor royal palace, and latterly a classroom for the young Jane Austen, the Abbey Gateway is also re-opened after extensive renovation.

The reopening of the Abbey Ruins is part of Water Fest, Reading’s annual celebration of its waterways.

For more information, visit Photo courtesy of Reading Museum. 

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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