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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:
01223 747273
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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lovely building

In the heart of Cambridge this church has been the centre of worship for hundreds of years. The stained glass windows give an insight into the lives of those who have gone before... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Pickering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In the heart of Cambridge this church has been the centre of worship for hundreds of years. The stained glass windows give an insight into the lives of those who have gone before .

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Rowley Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to visit this church to be able to climb the tower to get a better view of the city and were not disapointed. Trinity College is such a huge and fantastic building that it is difficult to get a good photograph of the entire site from floor level. The view from the top of St Marys gives fantastic... More 

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Pirkkala, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quick visit to the city. We climbed up to tower of the church. On sunny day it was really worth climbing: view over the city is awesome. You get good view over the city and see beautiful buildings. Steps to the tower are narrow, so not for a person with disabilities. Staff is very friendly!

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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church provides wonderful view from the top in all directions. Ticket is 3.9 pounds and stairs are congested and a little scary but the view from top is worth the effort!

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Thank Swapnil J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As with many climbs up church towers or spires, it was quite narrow and enclosed but it had a good rail and some stopping points. Amazing views at the top and well worth the climb and descent.

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Sydney
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

youll come across it as you wonder around the streets of cambridge, its worth a look, i dont know too much about the history other then its very old!

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Thank Jake W
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

This place is absolutely amazing, it is very cheap to get to the tower. For what is worth it is a definite sight to visit in Cambridge. You can see for miles on a good day.

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Thank Glyn R
Reigate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Great little church and you must do the climb to the top of the tower are as the views are magnificent and you can see for miles.

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Thank Tim T
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

The church itself is worth a look, with a bold tower and ornate architecture, but once inside it multiplies itself, and the views from the top of the tower are magnificent.

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Cullompton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

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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