Visiting us

In addition to our vital worship life, Great St Mary's is a destination for tourists from around the world. Whether on your own or part of a group, with time to linger or on a tight schedule, you’ll find a warm welcome at Great St Mary's.

You can find us on Google Maps.


The Tower

The Tower of Great St Mary’s offers the best views in Cambridge. Find out about Climbing the Tower.

Climb the 123 steps and experience Cambridge as you’ve never seen it before!

shopThe Church Shop and Michaelhouse Café

The Church Shop offers a wide range of guides, souvenirs, gifts, and music, as well as religious, children’s and local books.

The Michaelhouse Café is just up Trinity Street from Great St Mary’s, serving fresh, seasonal home-made food featuring delicious locally sourced produce. The Café offers breakfast and lunch menus, as well as freshly made sandwiches and cakes, excellent tea and coffee, and cream teas with home-made scones for the afternoons. Open 8.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday–Saturdays. 10% discount with your Tower ticket.


 Brass Rubbing and Family Activities

During school holidays, we offer free family activities and an Explorer’s Pack for children.

We also have brass rubbing with five replica brasses to choose from, including Sir Roger of Trumpington and St George and the Dragon. For just £3 you can create your own souvenir.

touchscreenInteractive Touchscreens and Kings & Queens film

Explore 800 years of Cambridge history with our interactive touchscreens and a short film showing royal links with Cambridge through the centuries.

Visitor Accessibility

There is a toilet suitable for disabled visitors in the South Lobby, and disabled parking spaces on King’s Parade near the church. A loop system operates in the nave.  However, there is no lift access to the galleries or the tower.

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Opening hours

Church open hours

The church is open for visitors from:
9.30am Monday – Saturday
12.30pm Sundays

For a list of worship service times, please visit our Times of Services page.

Visiting the church is free, though you will need to buy a ticket if you would like to Climb the Tower.

Tower and Shop open hours

Monday – Saturday
10am – 5.30pm (4.30pm in Winter)

12.15 – 5.00pm (4.00pm in Winter)

Last admission to the Tower is 30 minutes before closing time.