Planning your visit
On this page you can find useful information for your visit.
Venue opens at 6.45pm.
The performance begins at 7.30pm, finishing in darkness at a time to be confirmed, after 10.00pm.
There is an interval of twenty minutes.
- A licensed bar will be open before the show and during the interval.
- Toilets are available on site.
- In the case of rain, a shortened version may be presented.
- The Abbey Ruins will have theatre-style allocated seating; it is not necessary to bring anything to sit on.
Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
Access is from Chestnut Walk, over the footbridge and across the street if coming from Queens Road Car Park. If coming from the station, cross the Forbury Gardens, walk under the arch of the Abbey Gateway and turn left at the boittom of Abbey St. There will be no access from Forbury Gardens or Abbots Walk.
What to Bring
An Open Air production is always a wonderful way to experience theatre - here are some tips to help you to have the best time possible:
- Warm clothing – Because the production is in the open air, it can become quite cool by the end of the performance, even on hot July days. Just in case it gets a bit too chilly, bring a jumper or a blanket so you can wrap up warm if you need to...
- Waterproofs – There's no roof, so there's just a chance there's a passing shower - not that that would ever happen in England of all places! - make sure you check the weather forecast and ensure you've got something to keep yourself dry if needed. Except in the back row, umbrellas are only allowed on your lap during the performances, so something with a hood would be perfect!
- Folding chairs or anything to sit on - seating is included.
- Alcohol - there is a licenced bar on site.
- Bulky items that won't fit on your lap or under your seat.
Please leave the venue quietly
so as not to disturb nearby residents.
There is no parking in the area, so disabled patrons can be dropped off/collected in Abbey Street to gain access to Chestnut Walk, where the main entrance gate is situated.
The Abbey Ruins are accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility issue via a footpath. Please note there is step free access but no hand rail.
There are parking bays for blue badge holders in the town centre, including two on Blagrave Street directly outside the Reading Museum and four on the Forbury Road (please be aware that these are often in use).
Follow signs to Reading Town Centre or Reading Station.
On-street parking close to the Abbey Quarters is metered and very limited, so we recommend using the public carparks at Queens Road (the closest), The Oracle or Garrard Street (near the station). It will then be a short walk to Reading Abbey Ruins.
Take any train to Reading. Exit the station on the town side, not the Caversham side. Turn right along Forbury Road as you exit the station. The Abbey Ruins is a five-minute walk from the station, accessed via The Forbury Gardens.
Take any bus to the town centre - the nearest stops are Reading Library on Kings Road, Blagrave Street, Market Place and Reading Station on Forbury Road. For more information, please visit the Reading Buses website.