Visit Great St Mary's
A Community in Pursuit of Truth
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.
Face coverings (masks) are required by law indoors, as is 2m social distancing, and under current restrictions households cannot mix indoors. We participate in the NHS Test & Trace programme, and hand sanitizer is available at every entrance and exit.
Come visit the Heart of Cambridge
Shop & Tower: Tuesday–Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12 noon–5pm. The last Tower entry is 4.30pm.
Michaelhouse Café: Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12noon-4pm
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
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!
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 8am-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.
Supporting Great St Mary's
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.