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Great St Mary's

The University Church, Cambridge

Great St Mary's is an open and inclusive Christian community in pursuit of Truth. Our foundations were laid in 1010, and we have been the University Church since 1209. We are a spiritual home for the University and the City of Cambridge, a Church of England parish in the Diocese of Ely, and a destination for visitors from around the world. We are also a Living Wage Employer, and a Silver-Award Eco Church.


We'd love to hear from you. And if you want to be the first to know what's happening, sign up for our regular newsletter.

Church, Music and Liturgy Administrator - see our Vacancies page or follow this link

Interim Organist and Assistant Director of Music - see our Vacancies page or follow this link

Conductor of the Michaelhouse Singers - see our Vacancies page or follow this link


A house of prayer for all people

Great St Mary's offers opportunities for prayer and worship, from quiet spoken services to liturgies with traditional choral music and pipe organ.  Whether you're just curious about Christianity, or ready to join us on our journey of faith, learn more about our life of prayer.

We've sevices in church and online daily, including Sunday services at 8am, 10am and late afternoon, and weekdays at 9am. 

Coming Up at Great St Mary's
28th November to 5th December

Everybody is welcome at all our groups and services. For further information, especially about the groups, please email the GSM Office at

Tuesday 28th November

  • 9.00am                          Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                         The Ark in Michaelhouse  

Wednesday 29th November

  • 9.00am                          Morning Prayer

  • 12.30pm                         Holy Communion in GSM

  •  5.15pm                           Choral Evensong

Thursday 30th November

  • 9.00am                          Morning Prayer

  • 10.30pm                         Chat-Play-Sing in Michaelhouse

  • 5.00pm                          Read Mark Learn - Mark 13 24-end 

  • 7.30pm                           Heartsease in Michaelhouse   


Friday 1st December         

  • 9.00am                          Morning Prayer

Sunday 3rd December   First Sunday in Advent

  • 8.00am                          BCP Holy Communion 

  • 10.00am                         Choral Eucharist and Children's Church

  • 4.00pm                          Advent Procession


Monday 4th December

  • 9.00am                          Morning Prayer

  • 12.30pm                         Christian Meditation (in Michaelhouse) followed by soup lunch 

Tuesday 5th December

  • 9.00am                          Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                         The Ark in Michaelhouse  


The church at the heart of Cambridge

Come visit Great St Mary's — to say a prayer in our medieval church, to climb to the top of our our world-famous Tower, browse our gift shop, and dine at our award-winning Michaelhouse Café. We'd love to see you.

We are open daily from 10.00am to 4.30pm (last tower ticket at 4.00pm), 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday (last tower ticket at 3.15pm) — click here for hours and further details.​


Photo by Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary

Sing and make music!     (Psalm 57.7)

With five choirs, two pipe organs, thirteen bells, and an orchestra, the University Church is home to a wide range of music — as well as one of the largest performance spaces in Cambridge. Whether you want to audition for a choir or come to a concert, visit our music page to learn more.


A community in pursuit of Truth

Since 1209, Great St Mary's has been the University Church for the University of Cambridge. Learn more about our student ministries, University Sermons, small groups and bible studies:


Dine with Us

Michaelhouse Café and Chapel

Michaelhouse is home to our award-wining Michaelhouse Café, as well as art exhibitions, meeting rooms, and our medieval chapel. Come on by for a cup of coffee, a delicious meal, or a quiet space to meditate.

The café is open seven days a week, with both indoor and outdoor dining. We're located on Trinity Street, near Gonville & Caius College. Hours are posted

We gratefully acknowledge the grant we have received from the Amey Community Fund (part of the Landfill Communities Fund) which has contributed towards the cost of renovation of the chancel floor.

Follow Us

Online @greatstmarys

Whether it's our daily online worship, our weekly newsletter, pictures from the marketplace or more, you'll find plenty on our social media streams @GreatStMarys, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

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