Skip to main content

A walk around Reading town centre’s brewing heritage

Heritage Open Days 2021

Thu 16 Sep, 10:30 & 14:30

This September, Reading’s heritage will be on show for 10 days as part of England’s annual heritage festival, Heritage Open Days. Celebrating our buildings, natural and cultural heritage, this year there will be a fantastic range of free in-person and digital events to showcase the rich stories that make Reading such a unique place to live, work and visit.

See all Heritage Open Days 2021 events


On this walk we will discover what remains of Reading town centre's brewing heritage. There are some remaining buildings which have now taken on new uses but others have been lost forever.

The walk will start in front of Reading Station by the illuminated advertising board. From here we will walk around the town centre and down to the Kennet before returning back along Castle Street. The walk will end at the Allied Arms on St Marys Butts.

H & G Simonds Brewery (later Courage) dominated the town centre from the 1830s until the 1970s and became Reading's largest brewery. The brewing heritage of the town is however much more than Simonds and in this walk we will explore the locations and reminders of some of the other breweries and brewers too.

Can't make it? Take a virtual walk instead!