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 the 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.


Our Hours

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Great St Mary's!

Our April hours for the shop and Tower are:​

• Friday 11am–4pm

• Saturday 10am–5pm

• Sunday 12pm–5pm

The church is also open for public worship on Wednesdays at 12.30pm, and Sunday mornings at 8am & 10.30am. Visit our Worship page to learn more. 


The Tower

The Best View in Cambridge

Come experience the best view in Cambridge!

Climb the 123 steps of the University Church tower and enjoy a 360° view on our outdoor viewing platform. The tower is open 11am-4pm Fridays, 10am–5pm Saturdays, and on Sundays 12noon–5pm.

Tickets to climb the tower are £6, and are for sale in our gift shop at the West entrance. Reservations are not required, and the ticket counter closes half an hour before the church closes. 


The Gift Shop

Whether you're looking for a Christmas gift, a souvenir of Cambridge, books on faith and spirituality, fine jewelry, or children's toys, there's something for you at our Gift Shop.  Our April hours are

• Friday 11am–4pm

• Saturday 10am–5pm

• Sunday 12pm–5pm


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.


Stay up to Date

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

For those of you planning to visit us, thank you in advance for helping us to uphold the measures in place and we look forward to once again welcoming you. God be with you and enjoy this sacred space.


Supporting Great St Mary's

Our team is working hard to reopen for prayer and contemplation and to provide pastoral, spiritual and practical support to our communities.We are a self-funded organisation and do not receive government funding. Great St Mary's relies on public donations to continue our life and work. To shield itself as much as possible from the negative financial impact of the crisis, the church team is finding solutions to help protect it in the long-term, such as working with various existing and emergency grant-making bodies. We would be grateful for any donation either during your visit or online via our donation page.  Thank you.


Office: 01223 747273

• Café: 01223 693216

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

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