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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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Abundant History

Many relics of old often have unexplainable stories but this wee Church immerses you in a rich and detailed history. Me and my wife parked at a great nearby car park on Church St... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2016
Graham P
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Very pretty church, nice to wander around and through. Probably the nicest part of Reading town centre, sans the parks.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Many relics of old often have unexplainable stories but this wee Church immerses you in a rich and detailed history. Me and my wife parked at a great nearby car park on Church St, RG1 2SQ, in an attempt to find something to do and we did just that! A must visit for people interested in Reading's history.

Thank Graham P
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Really an interesting place. We had the benefit of one of the guides giving us some time and going through all the various aspects of the church. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Mike J
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This is a beautiful church located in the center of Reading. It is an ideal place to visit, and view the historic architecture. It has a small gift shop inside, and ample seating should you wish to sit quietly / pray / or just enjoy the peace and quiet of a break from the Hustle & Bustle of a busy... More 

Thank John M
Washington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

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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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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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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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

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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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 

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