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Great St Mary's Church (Church of England)

St. Marys Passage | King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, England
01223 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
01223 747273
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Reviewed yesterday

So the church access is free, but if you want climb the tower you have to pay around 3 pound, which is amazing. Fantastic view. Definitely will go there one more time

Thank KolorowaSandra
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church, which can be accessed for free, doesn't have much to see. But the view from the tower, which you have to pay 4 pounds to access, is spectacular. I recommend going there. The tower is not that high so you should be able...More

Thank Danupon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a wee visit when in Cambridge. Very peaceful and tranquil and let's you gather your thoughts from the huddle and bustle of Cambridge

Thank Kay B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth visiting if you're in Cambridge, there's a fascinating and simple exhibition of the differences between some aspects of pre and post Reformation theology.

Thank peterg1001
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The church is in the middle of the old town, across from King's College. The charge itself is very nice, with some great stained glass giving a wonderful glow to the church. The highlight is the view from the top of the tower. The climb...More

Thank Gatobrit
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This perpendicular Gothic style church w/ bell tower was built between 1478-1519 and is located across from King's College in the center of Cambridge. The University of Cambridge church features an attractive exterior facade with a decorated portal flanked by two stained-glass windows and topped...More

Thank T-Bird1974
Reviewed 11 June 2017

I took my daughter and her exchange partner up the tower for a view over Cambridge - I hadn't done it before myself. It cost under £10 for the three of us. You have to go up a very narrow staircase - lots of fun...More

Thank TheNoseyBears
Reviewed 6 June 2017

This church is located right in the heart of Cambridge across from Kings College. Built about 800 years ago, it was actually the first home of the University of Cambridge when students left Oxford to establish a new seat of higher education. Church contains beautiful...More

Thank RLWOrangePark
Reviewed 25 May 2017

For a small charge climb the tower - 123 steps - to the top at a height of 114 feet for a panoramic view over the Cambridge including King's College Chapel.

1  Thank Tony S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Great St. Mary's has so much to see. Climb the tower for the best view of Cambridge and...they have an original of the 1611 King James version of the Bible. As well, there is a plaque to reformer Martin Bucer, who was buried at the...More

Thank rmpaul1
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