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Tower and Tours

Explore, discover and experience Great St Mary's with a guided or self guided tour of church. Climb the 123 steps of the tower to see the panoramic views across Cambridge.

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For tower opening times, group bookings and historical information, visit our main tower page.

Self Guided Tour

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 tranquility of the church as you wander.

The self guided tour is available to purchase from the gift shop along with our more detailed guide book.

Guided Tours

You can now enrich your visit to the University Church by booking a guided tour.  Our enthusiastic guides will help you discover the fascinating stories of kings, queens, scholars and townspeople that shaped this historic church.

Weekday Tours cost £3.50 per person for a 30 minute tour and £7 per person for a 1 hour tour.

Weekend Tours cost £4 per person for a 30 minute tour and £8 per person for a 1 hour tour.

Tours must be booked in advance with a minimum party size of 10 and are subject to availability.  To enquire about booking a tour, please e-mail heritage@gsm.cam.ac.uk or telephone the Education Office 01223 747284 / the Parish Office 01223 747273.

Joint Tours with King’s College Chapel

To find out more about joint tickets for guided tours of Great St Mary’s and King’s College Chapel please e-mail heritage@gsm.cam.ac.uk or telephone the Education Office 01223 747284 / the Parish Office 01223 747273.

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Great St Mary’s Gift Vouchers

Why not treat a loved one to a Great St Mary’s Gift Voucher?  Gift Vouchers can be redeemed in the gift shop or used towards a tower climb experience or guided tour.  Gift Vouchers are available to purchase in the church gift shop or by e-mail at office@gsm.cam.ac.uk