Planning Your Visit

17-27 July 2024 we will perform
The Importance of Being Earnest in the Abbey Ruins.


Venue opens at 6.45pm. 
The performance begins at 7.30pm, finish time tba 
There is an interval of twenty minutes.


  • Toilets will be available on site.
  • In the case of rain, a shortened version may be presented. Refunds are not available.
  • There will be a bar on the site.

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Reading Abbey Ruins, Chestnut Walk, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
Entrance at (what3words)

The only access is from Chestnut Walk - also known as the Oscar Wilde Memorial Walk - over the footbridge and across Kings Road 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 bottom 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!
  • Seating –  There is fixed raked seating; the front row is reserved for wheelchair users and their companions. There is no need to bring your own chair. Some seating will also be available in the bar area for drinks and picnics.

Don't bring

  • Bulky items that won't fit on your lap or under your seat.
  • Folding chairs - seating is provided.
  • Alcohol - there is a bar on site

Please leave the venue quietly

so as not to disturb nearby residents and take any rubbish with you. 

Disabled access

There is no parking next to the venue, 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 issues via a footpath. Please note there is step-free access but no handrail. There are steps to row B and above.

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).  



By car

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 car parks at Queens Road (the closest), The Oracle, Kings Meadow or Hills Meadow (across Reading Bridge). It will then be a short walk to Reading Abbey Ruins. List of car parks

By train

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; cross the Forbury Gardens, walk under the arch of the Abbey Gateway and turn left at the bottom of Abbey St.

By bus

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. 

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