Free ‘Banksy’ bus tours

Local residents are invited to free open-top bus tours to see the renowned ‘Banksy’ mural at Reading Gaol. The tours are announced today by Reading Buses, who will operate the ‘Banksy and Two Bridges’ open-top tour on Saturdays May 29th and June 5th.

The circular tour will run every 30 minutes between 10.00am and 5.30pm, starting on Friar Street at the bus stop outside the IBIS and Novotel Hotels, before taking in the following sights a few minutes later:

  • Blagrave Street – for the Station and Town Hall
  • Jackson’s Corner – for the Oracle
  • Huntley & Palmers – by Reading Gaol for Banksy
  • Hills Meadow – for Reading Bridge
  • Central Caversham
  • Caversham Bridge

Passengers may get on and off at any of these stops to enjoy the various sites.

The service will be totally free to use. Instead, Reading Buses will be requesting donations for their charity of the year – the mental health sports charity, Sport in Mind.

Neil Harris, CEO at Sport in Mind, said: “The open top bus tour will provide a unique way to view the Banksy mural and perhaps inspire people to come outside and explore the local area. Any physical activity can really help improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems.”

In the event of poor weather, the company says its dedicated Sport in Mind bus will provide the service instead.

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