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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
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"worth the climb"
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"bell tower"
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"great views from the tower"
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"tower steps"
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"spiral stairs"
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"coming down"
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"bell ringing"
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"degree view"
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"long climb"
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"king james"
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"worth the effort"
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"small fee"
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"market square"
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"an adventure"
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"impressive architecture"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a find. Whatever you do pay the £4 to climb the tower. Lots of tight steps had me catch my breath. Holding on to polished stone balustrade in the middle. But what a view ! Clear lines of sight over Kings chapel. And...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to Evensong here (Sundays at 5:30 and free as opposed to King’s). Was lovely and the choir (Melbourne’s Trinity College) was excellent, but the ambience was ruined by tourists walking in and out or sitting in the pews on their phones ignoring the service....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely church to look around for free. Decided to go up the tower for £4 each, as it was a very clear day we could see for miles. There’s only one way up or down the very steep steps so you have to be careful...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The church itself is impressive but the view from the tower is just brilliant. Looking out across the Cambridge city and colleges on a warm spring afternoon was a great experience and a welcome break from the busy streets.

Thank Malcolm P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a beautiful restored edifice that is filled with life. A very active congregation with many services to offer individuals and families. The large sanctuary with its soaring ceiling and beautiful wooden beams are still warm and welcoming. There’s even a nice coffee/tea shop just...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If there's a tall tower with a great view from the top, I'm the sort of person who just has to climb it. Great St Mary's was a harder climb than expected (very narrow spiral stairs, but there are a few places to rest along...More

Thank Courtenay R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really lovely church to visit. It is very warm and welcoming. there is a tower that you can climb for a fee if you have the energy.

Thank JaxB123
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were luck enough to go to the bell ringing practice. Educational and loud and worth while. We had read about the number of steps to get to the top for the tower view, no one exaggerated! There are human “lay bys” to rest as...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great St Mary's is located in the very heart of Cambridge and while I did not find its architecture as memorable or imposing as other ecclesiastical landmarks I'd visited in the district, the climb of the church's tower via a very narrow spiral staircase does...More

Thank JElliot32
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Great St. Mary's overlooks the centre of Cambridge and dates back to 1205. It is a historic church and has great views from its tower over the city.

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