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  • Queen Victoria Street - purely because of the victorian architecture above shop level. Same goes for the building at the start of Oxford Road (Broad Street end) - it's great - especially when viewed from the top deck of the Holybrook car park. The Town Hall is also a great example of Victorian architecture.
  • coly flats
  • Elizabethan manor in Mapledurham
  • Madejski Stadium, home of PREMIERSHIP football. Come on URZ!!!!
  • NCP Car Park near Duke Street - sadly demolished to make way for Oracle.
  • Somebody said a century or so ago that Reading is a lovely town from the first floor up - this is still true. Most people don't realise cos it's not the kind of place you look at anything but the ground... It's a criminal shame that the ABC kino got knocked down too.
  • Thames Water Head Quarters building on Vastern Road, Reading Bridge House, any of the lovely Reading brick buildings, from the Town Hall to lots of suburbs, Council Offices, Hexagon
  • Thames Water Head Quarters building on Vastern Road, Reading Bridge House, any of the lovely Reading brick buildings, from the Town Hall to lots of suburbs, Council Offices, Hexagon
  • The Abbey Ruins, the victorian buildings on the eastern half of Broad Street, the Oracle Riverside.
  • I like the new tames water building, i think it looks quite sophisticated
  • was the old cinema on friars street, should have been renovated and let young ppl use it.
  • i guess its gotta b Friar st. car park
  • The oracle
  • South Hill park.
  • wouuld have been the boiler room UNTIL THEY KNOCKED IT DOWN!
  • bay root the flats on basingstoke road
  • coley flats are the peak of modern design.if drugs is your name then coley flats is the name.
  • The oracle and the car park Near junction.
  • The prudential building on the river kennet on Kings road
  • mothercare
  • forbury lion..isnt a builind but one of the best bitrs of reading and most well known.
  • the abby ruins its a brilliant place to sit, sleep, bmx and pretty much any thin else u wanna do
  • The abandoned building behind the libary
  • ah.. well, there's obviously thousands of lovely buildings to choose from... for me, it's between the cheese grater car park... or the "revamped" broad street mall... tough choice.. actually, the great hall at reading uni.
  • Any when it rains
  • The old church on Broad St. (I think it's now a bookshop). The new library isn't bad, for a new building, because you can sit out the back on the steps, next to the Holy Brook, which is a great place in the summer, for a bit of peace & quiet.
  • the loin is jason fav building coz he loves fallin off it but we all hang in tha bandstand or on tha floor or at the boiler or at the station depending on if its raining in wot time it is
  • New:Thames Water Old: (Very) Reading Minster, which has just been beautifully restored and is open 11.30 - 14.00 from Tuesday to Saturday.
  • band stand to get drunk in and boiler room to sober up in!
  • does the abby ruins count?!!! gr8 place to go for a smoke and a drink if u wanna avoid the 12 yr old prostitutes who offer you sex in exchange for a swig of you red square!
  • Madejski Stadium, Home of Division 1 Football.
  • prob oracle (the shops) and boiler room (one of the best places to hang out if forbury is too cold!)
  • gotta be the lion in forbury gardens! but its not really a building! okay so maybe the Boiler room near forbury gardens is pretty cool
  • All the 1900 redbrick buildings and the new Thames Water building is superb (I really want a go in the stairwells!).
  • Brilliant, just because it's so darn kool
  • off-lience
  • New one on reading bridge
  • The Oracle's car park- which looks like the biggest cheese grater i've ever seen.
  • The train station
  • The town hall. Possibly as it's the oldest.
  • Abbey Ruins.
  • The Energis building is pretty funky. also the Forbury area, and most of the places above the ground floor! Also check out the epitaphs in St. Mary's cemetery. We did have a couple of nice listed buildings knocked down by "accident" to build the Oracle too...
  • 'Jacksons' at Jacksons courner, go in and see how time has stood still since the 40's.
  • Abbey ruins. Perfect to chill and a great venue for open air Shakespear as well.
  • Gibb House.
  • It's a tree actually ! the one outside St Mary's church - affectionately known to many as the 'Trippy Tree'
  • The Abbey Ruins, St Laurences Church, and the Crown Court are all rather nice and the BBC Monitoring Centre is quite impressive from the train. Madejski Stadium is of course the finest in Britain and looks good from the M4 The Huntley & Palmers building is rather nice too.
  • Town hall is good
  • Thats a toughie.
  • Probably the police station.
  • Lots of them in broad Street if only people looked up! I think it was a 17th century visitor to Reading that said " a fine town from the first floor up"or words to that effect.
  • Waterstone's book shop in Broad Street. It used to be a church don't you know? A place of worship as well. I don't know.
  • The old town hall.
  • Colley's Supper Rooms -- Abolsolutely Fantastic.
  • I really like the Energis building. It makes me laugh. It is opposite the prison near the train station. It is like something out of a 1960s space age film. There are other nice buildings, although the council tend to knock them down as they much prefer to build new ones that will look appalling in about 10 years time. Hmm that makes sense in two ways... My colleague here is very keen on the top of shops along Broad Street. Most of which are empty.
  • The new football stadium
  • Fav. modern building is the Prudential one in Kings Road. Fav. old building is the Town Hall - beautiful red brick and interesting displays in the museum.
  • Reading Brickwork. The best in the world. Newer interesting stuff includes the Hexagon and Council Chambers complex, and the old Metal Box building on Kings Rd opposite the prison.
  • Reading Museum/Town Hall
  • There is no great architechture in Reading so if thats what your after then it's not worth the petrol but my favourite building is St. Annes School. It's not even a hundred year old but it brings me a lot of memories and also the the church next to it isn't the ugliest thing in the world.
  • Reading Abbey hidden amongst the Pru's vast complex are the ruins of a once great abbey
  • The Abbey ruins. Not every town has a king buried in it! (Now there's a fact!)

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