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Great St Mary's Church (Church of England)

St. Marys Passage | King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, England
+44 1223 747273
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Overlooking the market place in the centre of Cambridge, this beautiful church dates back to 1205 - even older than the University of Cambridge! Great St Mary's was built, rebuilt, burned and built again over the centuries. The current building is largely Tudor. King Henry VII donated 100 oak trees to build its roof and Queen Elizabeth I visited the church in 1564 and gave an impressive Latin speech to the assembled scholars. Interactive touchscreens and a short film about royal Cambridge offer a perfect introduction to the history of Cambridge. Visitors can climb the tower for stunning views of King's College Chapel and the city. We also offer brass rubbing and children's activities during busier times of year. Great St Mary's is the church at the heart of Cambridge and hosts regular services, concerts, debates and community events.
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St. Marys Passage | King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, England
+44 1223 747273
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited many churches over the years,and it is an interesting contrast in the atmosphere's between the rural ones,as opposed to the city centre ones. You can go in a country church yard in the middle of nowhere,and it can seem as though you...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the original University church so has links to all colleges I believe. I think a church of sorts was on this site early 1200's (1205) but this is the rebuilt version after the original one burned down in the 1290 fire. And it...More

Thank JPR_101
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right in the centre of Cambridge is this attractive church. The main reason to visit though is to climb the tower. It is around £7.50 (I think) to do this and the steps are small and would be tricky for someone with any mobility problems....More

Thank Adrian B
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Great St Marys is right by the market square and well worth a visit . You can climb the tower and get great views of Cambridge. They also have an interactive system with lots of information about the church and its history from which I...More

Thank Aussie135
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Great St Mary's is an impressive Church. Although we didn't venture to climb the 123 steps to the tower, I understand it has amazing views. Definately worth a visit when in Cambridge

Thank David 4
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We were lucky to be in Cambridge for a concert at Great St. Mary's. A wonderful place in central Cambridge, full of history, yet also a place for contemplation. It's the university's church, and therefore closely connected to all the colleges.

Thank bmkay
Reviewed 1 October 2017

lovely church in the centre of Cambridge. Did the tower walk and well worth the claustrophobic climb up as the views across Cambridge are amazing and only £ 4.00

Thank 929Buzz
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Lovely church and well worth a visit anyway - but if you can manage the steep ,narrow, winding steps up to the top of the tower you will have the cream on the cake.Smashing views of the City and its many Colleges, Well worth a...More

Thank ChrisBram2014
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Its right in the center of Cambridge so it's very easy to find, it is not very different from the others and has a lovely view of the of the university , the inside is very nice and quiet

Thank AriPadilla
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Atmospheric church Didn't climb the tower which is the main attraction Scared of heights 😪😪 Well kept

Thank davethedrill
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