Great St Mary's

The University Church, Cambridge


Great St Mary's

The University Church, Cambridge

Great St Mary's is an open and inclusive Christian community in pursuit of Truth. 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. 

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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!

The Visit Us page has all the details; our hours are

  • Shop & Tower: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12noon-5pm. The last tower admission is at 4.30pm. Advanced booking is not required.

  • Worship Services Sundays at 8am, 10am, and 5pm;  Morning Prayer weekdays at 9am, and Online Night Prayer at 9pm; midweek Eucharst on Wednesdays & Feast Days at 12.30pm. 


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. Many of our services are available online as well. 

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 Holy Communion on Sunday mornings at 8am & 10am, and Wednesdays at 12.30pm; Choral Evensong Sundays at 5pm; and Morning Prayer weekdays at 9am, with Online Night Prayer at 9pm

There will be special weekday Evensongs at 5.15pm on 8, 8, 14, 15 July.


Michaelhouse Café, Community, 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!

Michaelhouse is open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 12noon-4pm, with both indoor and outdoor dining. 


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:


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!

Photo by Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary


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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From the Vicar



Great St Mary's strives to be a welcoming and safe community for all, including children and vulnerable adults. Our Safeguarding Officer is Dr Julie Crockford, whose contact details, along with further safeguarding information can be found here.