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Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin

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Address: St Mary's Butts, Reading RG1 2HX, England
Phone Number: 0118 957 1057
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Looked in as we passed as the lights were on, very sweet little church and on reading the brochure realised that it was also very old and dating from 979 with the chequerboard... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kath C
Washington, United Kingdom
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Washington, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looked in as we passed as the lights were on, very sweet little church and on reading the brochure realised that it was also very old and dating from 979 with the chequerboard exterior resurfacing it in 1551.

Thank Kath C
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Carol and I often catch the bus at St Mary's Butts in Reading but have never gone into the church right next to the bus stop. Today we availed ourselves of the opportunity. It is lovely and peaceful inside with superb stained glass windows. The church dates as far back as 979 and the round Saxon Doorway is all that... More 

2 Thank JonathanSuch2013
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

the Minster church is historic, with parts of it dating from 12th century , and it is open late afternoon and at other times during the day and on Saturdays from 10pm to 2 am in the last month or so ( March 2015 ) . There are cushions and soft chairs , and some soup/ coffee and sandwiches for... More 

2 Thank Andrew S
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Minster Church is well worth admiring and visiting when in Reading. Chapels on the site date to the seventh century; the church occupies a lovely little plot just behind the Broad Street of downtown Reading. The distinctive checkerboard pattern on the tower owes to alternating blocks of flint and stone. The interior, which I was fortunate to see immediately... More 

2 Thank Abbotsbury92
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I went at 1.30 on Good Friday afternoon, hoping to be able to take part in the liturgy on one of the most devotional days of the year. According to the notices, there was a liturgy at 12 noon, but this was evidently over as the whole place was locked up and silent. This is a sad reflection if there... More 

Thank Stebbs007
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

As the title says, really: this is a gorgeous-looking church - one of the nicest I've seen in a long time, and I have something of a passion for old churches - but it was firmly locked except when there was a service on, so I couldn't go inside. I'd love to see what it's like as other reviewers make... More 

Thank Cat P
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a beautiful old church with Gothic-style architecture. It is a working church, with interesting history. Inside services can be attended, there is a gift-shop providing all manner of church-related gifts to be purchased.

1 Thank JohnTripoli
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

One of the best of the churches for miles around. Wonderful history, beautiful peaceful interior. Very enjoyable services, too.

1 Thank amberlight9
Reading, England
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33 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2008

I used to walk past this little church every day on the way to work and I love the checkerboard tower. Its actually very old and has quite an interesting history. The oldest part is the door which dates from Saxon times and the main part of the church is 11th century. The checkerboard tower is newer and was made... More 

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