Meet the people, the place and hear the stories of Reading's Abbey Quarter
King Henry I founded Reading Abbey in 1121. He was buried at the high altar of the abbey church in 1136.
After 400 years at the forefront of royal patronage and events the abbey was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1539.
Many years of destruction and neglect followed. But after sympathetic restoration of the ruins the whole story can still be traced.
We are offering Henry I Reading Abbey walking tours to give you an opportunity to learn about this historic Abbey through the ages.