Great St Mary

Welcome to the University church, explore 800 years of Cambridge history with our interactive touchscreens and a short film showing royal links with Cambridge through the centuries.

About this church

Explore the church to look more closely at its beautiful features: the carved pews, stunning stained glass, font and resplendent Majestas to name a few.

Discover the stories behind the features: have you ever wondered why Great St Mary’s has two organs, why it is the official centre of Cambridge, why its pulpit is on rails and why the bells sound the same as the Westminster Chimes?

Find out more about the fascinating people associated with the church: Queen Elizabeth I, the infamous Dr Butler and the Protestant Reformer Martin Bucer with his buried and burnt body! Experience the peace and tranquillity of the church as you wander.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café in church
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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