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. And if you want to be the first to know what's happening, sign up for our weekly newsletter!


Visit Us

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-Fridays 11am-4pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12 noon-5pm. 

  • Michaelhouse Café: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8am-4pm (Look for our expanded café hours after 17 May!)


Worship with us

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. 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're praying online daily, and in our church building for Holy Communion on Sunday mornings at 8am & 10.30am, and on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Choral Evensong resumes at the end of May.

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Dine with Us

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 currently open for outdoor and take-away service, Thursday through Saturday 8am to 4pm, with expanded hours and indoor dining coming soon. 


Learn with Us

A community in pursuit of Truth

Since 1205, 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 with Us

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!



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.