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General Reading walk

Our introductory Reading walking tour. A short ramble around our much maligned town with a general description of points of interest that shows some of the 'Ding's qualities.

Come and join us and discover


  • the general history of the town - when was it founded? who by? where was the original town centre?

  • the origins of Reading street names such as Valpy Street, Blagrave Street, Gun Street, St Mary's Butts and Friar Street

  • where was the site of the world's largest biscuit factory?

  • why did a famous Victorian gothic architect abandon his usual style for a Reading church?

  • which Reading buildings were the subject of some of the earliest known photographs?

  • what used to stand on the site of the Oracle Shopping Centre?

  • what was the site of a Spitfire factory in World War 2?

  • where were Reading's botanical gardens?

Tour starts from the Banksy mural on the wall of Reading Gaol, Forbury Road, Reading. (What3Words location - windy.lift.gloves)

Amount of walking - approximately 1 mile

Length of time - approximately 1 hour

Tour finishes by Reading station

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