Great St Mary's Church (Church of England), Cambridge

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Great St Mary’s has maintained its witness to the faith of Christ for many centuries. It has carried out this mission in many ways as a parish church in the diocese of Ely, as the Church of the University of Cambridge, as a place of prayer and celebration for all the citizens of Cambridge.

Great St Mary's is a community which worships on Sundays and through the week, with a strong musical tradition and a lively programme of activities for all ages including special activities for children. A wide variety of preachers are invited to services and special events.

The church is also a centre of civic services and events, concerts and exhibitions. For information on how to get baptised, or married at Great St Mary’s, please visit our website.

Great St Mary's has the only ring of twelve bells in the county, on which the ‘Westminister chimes’ of Big Ben were composed and first rung. The pulpit is on rails so that it can be moved to a central position for major sermons and the church has two organs.

The parish is known as St Mary the Great with St Michael, Cambridge, and we also worship in the chapel of the Michaelhouse Centre in the historic St Michael’s Church just 50 yards along Trinity Street.
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  • For a 360-degree view of Cambridge, this is the place to go! I wasn't sure whether the tower was open, or whether there were any Covid restrictions, so I inquired by e-mail before my visit to... 
    For a 360-degree view of Cambridge, this is the place to go! I wasn't sure whether the tower was open, or whether there were any Covid restrictions, so I inquired by e-mail before my visit to...  more »
  • Extremely helpful and welcoming. Tower visits were on, but we decided against as a very windy cold day. 
    Extremely helpful and welcoming. Tower visits were on, but we decided against as a very windy cold day.  more »
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  • I sing in the choir, and it is an amazing place where you are mesmerized by the beauty of the church, and it's age just calms you down as if saying: "hello, calm down. i know you had a bad day, but i can assure you that the world has not ended. just sing, and it will be fine" (PS the singing of the choir is wonderful, i recommend!)
  • The cost to go up the tower is very small and the view is terrific. My children were a little scared coming down the narrow stairwell. The stairs are quite narrow and don't allow for up and down at the same time, but everyone seemed to understand this and positioned themselves to ensure safe travel.

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