Come Visit

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Great St Mary's, the University Church, Cambridge. Whether you are coming to the church to pray, to photograph our historic building, or to climb our world-famous tower and buy a gift in the shop, you are most welcome.

The Tower will not open until 1pm on the Early Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May.


Our Hours

  • Shop & Tower: Monday–Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12 noon–5pm. The last Tower entry is a half-hour before closing.

  • Michaelhouse Café: Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12noon-4pm. Hot food served until 3pm.

  • Worship Services in church on Sundays at 8am (BCP Holy Communion),10am( Sung Eucharist & Children's Church), and 5pm (Choral Evensong); Morning Prayer on weekdays at 9am; Holy Communion on Wednesdays & Feast Days at 12.30pm; Weekday Choral Evensong on alternate Thursdays and Wednesdays; and services online. Visit our Worship page to learn more. 


The Tower

The Best View in Cambridge

Come experience our world-famous panoramic views of Cambridge! Climb the 123 steps of the University Church tower and enjoy a 360° view on our newly-refurbished outdoor viewing platform. 

Tickets for the tower are for sale in our gift shop in the church. Reservations are not required, and the last entry is half an hour before closing time. 

And when you post your panoramic pictures, be sure to tag us @greatstmarys

Teddies from the Gift Shop

Gift Shop

Whether you're looking for a gift for a friend, a souvenir of Cambridge, books on faith and spirituality, fine jewelry, or children's toys, there's something for you at our Gift Shop.  Come on by and have a browse!

Now THAT is a church key!

Education and Heritage

Our Education and Heritage programme brings the University Church's Christian history and heritage alive for a wide audience.  Visitors, learning groups and Cambridge residents can discover Great St Mary’s fascinating past which has been at the heart of local and University life for over 800 years.



Michaelhouse is our medieval chapel, community centre, and café, just to the north of Great St Mary's on Trinity Street.

Whether you're looking for the best coffee in town, a homemade pastry, or an organic and delicious meal, or a quiet place to pray, be sure to visit Michaelhouse.

Open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12noon-4pm


Stay up to Date

You will always find the latest updates and news on our website and social media channels. You can also sign-up to receive our weekly eMag by email at this link.


Your Support

Great St Mary's is a self-funded organisation, providing pastoral, spiritual and practical support to our local community and in projects around the world. We do not receive government funding, and we rely on public donations to continue our life and work.

We would be grateful for any donation either during your visit or online via our donation page.  Thank you.