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Great St Mary's Church (Church of England)

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Address: St. Marys Passage | King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, England
Phone Number:
+44 1223 741720
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Overlooking the market place in the centre of Cambridge, this beautiful...

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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Great tower views

The view from the top is well worth the effort even with bad knees. Glad to avoid busy times as only one way up/down.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sarah D
Cullompton, United Kingdom
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Cullompton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The view from the top is well worth the effort even with bad knees. Glad to avoid busy times as only one way up/down.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We climbed up the tower and were rewarded with amazing views in all directions. Plenty of photo opportunities and a good way of getting your bearings too. Useful booklets and leaflets in the Chechen, and church people keen to chat about its history and recent works.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good church here.Its pretty inside and out.A good place to spend time. You will not miss this as its in the centre.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This church is not the most beautiful or awe-inspiring church I have ever visited but it is generally considered to be the centre point of Cambridge and the place from which the university started. So it has great historical significance and for this alone it is worthwhile to visit inside and out. Inside it is lovely and well cared for... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I live in cambridge but had only heard recently that climbing this church tower was possible. I'm not good with heights but it's very secure at the top and the views across the whole city are great. This is a must do while your visit our amazing city.

Thank LMcambridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

You can't miss it ! You have to climb 120 stairs and is an adventure when someone comes back from the tower-no space and is not great for claustrophobic people because narrow space. But the feeling when you are there worth the effort. You have to pay £3.90 for a tickets but take it as a donation. And they accept... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Staff who served us at the bottom were lovely. Be prepared for the stairs and people crossing you on their way down. We went on a fine day and it was nice to see more Cambridge buildings. Stood on the benches to see more!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We were informed that church of one kind or another existed there since ten years before the Magna Carta was signed and well before there was a University or a single college in Cambridge. You can have best views of the city, the colleges and surrounding countryside in Cambridge from the church tower. Entry to the tower is ticketed. There... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Signs out side advertising tower open for viewing. I entered the church which had a choir rehearsing, which was nice to hear briefly. After paying at the shop till I was looking forward to take high level photos of the kings college an others on that side of Cambridge from the top of the tower. Upon climbing the spiral steps... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I came here as a volunteer on a school trip. Excellent learning resources can be used by schools and others. Only £3.90 to climb tower.

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