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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.



  • Shop & Tower: Monday–Saturday 10.00am-5.30pm (last ticket for the tower at 5.00pm); Sunday 12 noon–5.00pm (last ticket for the tower at 4.15pm). Sunday varies depending on service times, please check. 

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



Climb Our Tower

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 £7 for adults and £4.50 for individual accompanied children  (age 5-16), £19 for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children). Under-5s go free. Tickets are for sale in our gift shop. Reservations are not required for individuals, but groups of 10 or more should book in advance - specific rates apply. Please note the last entry to the tower is 30-45 minutes before closing time. 

And when you post your panoramic pictures, be sure to tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @greatstmarys



Teddies from the Gift Shop

Browse our 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!


Dine at Our Café

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

Now THAT is a church key!

Discover Our History

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.

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.

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