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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
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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 Views

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Thank Jess M
Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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Coventry, United Kingdom
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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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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Time was of the essence so paid a small amount to climb St Mary's tower which dates back to the 1600's. 124 steps later we could see views across Oxford and and the surrounding countryside. If a view is what you want, this is it. Lovely church ... and wish we'd had longer to explore it and the little gift... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Well worth a visit - a must is to climb the stairs to the top of the tower and see the wonderful panoramic views over Cambridge

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Thank PandS35
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

As is said when go to Cambridge climb a tower is what we did is ok not too impressed church is lovely

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a nice retreat in the middle of a bustling Cambridge. The church has an interesting history and the views from the tower (fee payable to climb up) as magnificent

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Royston,Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is a delightful historical church in the Centre of Cambridge. Known as the University Church because of connections to the University. It has a brilliant tower which, if you're able to negotiate the long climb, has the most wonderful views over all the surrounding area.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I really recommend seeing this church as it offers a lot and has a great historical past. It's placed in a central location so very easy access to it. A very welcome moment of peace and chance to reflect whilst in the midst of viewing the incredible colleges all around it.

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