These historic gardens were once the site of the rector’s home from the nearby St. Peter’s Church. The house (now demolished) was in private hands until its demise in 1932 and since then it has been a garden open to the public. Sited on the river Thames it is really an ideal site for a family picnic. A tea-shop selling homemade cakes and hot-n-cold drinks helps to raise money for the general upkeep of the gardens. I enjoyed a big slice of chocolate cake to help support the cause.
Access is easy, with disabled parking by the entrance, and carefully maintained gravel paths enable wheelchairs and pushchairs to enjoy the whole area. There are a number of guides and walks available from the Reading Borough Council website.
We also visited St Peter’s Church which is immediately behind the gardens and has stunning stained glass and an attractive ceiling.home.fccg.org.uk