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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.


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​Job Vacancies

We have 2 job vacancies, for Vicar's PA and Administrator, and for an Operations Assistant.

Click here for more information.


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 daily, including Sunday services at 8am, 10am and late afternoon, and weekdays at 9am. 

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


Friday 19th July

  • 9.30am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 1.00pm                                   Free Lunchtime Concert in GSM​ - The Button End Band 

Saturday 20th July 

  • 9.00am                                  Men's Communion and breakfast in Michaelhouse

  • 1.00pm                                   Friends of Michaelhouse Concert in Michaelhouse  


Sunday 21st July

  • 8.00am                                   BCP Holy Communion

  • 10.00am                                  Choral Eucharist

  • 12.00pm                                  Choir Tour Concert 

  • 5.00pm                                   Evening Prayer

Monday 22nd July 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 12.30am                                  Christian Meditation in Michaelhouse, followed by soup lunch 

Tuesday 23rd July

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

Wednesday 24th July 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 12.30pm                                  Holy Communion in GSM

Thursday 25th July

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

Friday 26th July

  • 9.30am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 1.00pm                                   Free Lunchtime Concert in GSM​ - Bath Choral Society (last one until                                                 October)                          

Sunday 28h July

  • 8.00am                                   BCP Holy Communion

  • 10.00am                                  Eucharist

  • 5.00pm                                   Evening Prayer

Monday 29th July 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 12.30am                                  Christian Meditation in Michaelhouse, followed by soup lunch 

Tuesday 30th July

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

Wednesday 31st July 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer (last one until September)

  • 12.30pm                                  Holy Communion in GSM

Coming Up at Great St Mary's
19th July to 1st August


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 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 5.00pm (last tower ticket at 4.30pm), 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.

Thought for the Week



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.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us at Great St Mary’s and we are committed to safeguarding the privacy of your information. Please check our website for the up to date version of our Privacy Notice, which explains how we obtain and use your personal information. By clicking “I accept your Privacy Notice” you confirm that you accept the terms of our Privacy Notice.

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