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, and a Church of England parish in the Diocese of Ely.

We'd love to hear from you — just click on the 'Contact Us' button below. Even better, sign up for our weekly newsletter!


Great St Mary's is open daily except Mondays.  Our Winter hours are 

  • Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm

  • Saturday 10am-5pm

  • Sunday 12-4pm (services from 8am)

Please enter through the South door if you are coming to pray, and through the West door to climb the tour and visit our shop. Last admission to the tower is half an hour before the church closes.

And don't forget to experience our wonderful café and medieval chapel on Trinity Street, Michaelhouse, open Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Scroll down to find out about our worship, both online and in the church.

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at the University Church

There are a number of very special services for Advent and Christmas at Great St Mary's, the University Church. Learn about them at our Christmastime page.


You can be part of our worshipping family in person or online: here's how.

A Church of England parish church, and the University Church for the University of Cambridge, Great St Mary's is a spiritual home for many in Cambridge. Our worship life is rich and vibrant, drawing on traditional liturgical worship in a progressive, welcoming environment of prayer, music, and peace.

We hold services in our church building on Sundays at 8am (BCP Communion), 10.30am (Eucharist with choir), and 4pm (Choral Evensong).

Join us online at 9.30am Sundays on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and at 9am & 9pm weekdays on Facebook, rebroadcasting at 10am &10pm weekdays on YouTube, and 12 noon online daily between Advent & Candlemas.

Be sure to visit our Worship page to learn more.

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Lectio Divina at Westcott House via Zoom
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In Church

  • 8am (BCP Communion) 

  • 10.30am (Holy Eucharist with choir)

  • 4pm (Choral Evensong)


We're streaming Sunday morning worship with hymns at 9.30am via Facebook and YouTube.

More details at the Worship page.

Monday through Friday we're streaming Morning Prayer at 9am and Night Prayer at 9pm on Facebook (and at 10am & 10pm on Twitter and YouTube).

From Advent (20 November) to Candlemas (2 February), we're also streaming Midday Prayer daily on our social media pages, as well as a daily reflection​.

Our ministry for infants and toddlers, The Ark, meets on Zoom every Tuesday. Please contact us to find out more. 

We're re-designing our Children's ministry offerings to be COVID-19 safe; stay tuned to learn more!


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Social Media


Whether it's our daily online worship, our weekly newsletter, pictures from the marketplace or more, there's lots going on in our social media streams @GreatStMarys, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

Be sure to follow us on social media, and help share the good news about what's going on at Great St Mary's, the University Church, Cambridge



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.


Office: 01223 747273

• Café: 01223 693216

The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, UK

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