Cambridge Lifestyle

A Guide to The Historic Churches of Cambridge

by stephaniehiggins
30 May 2018 · 3 min read
Great St Mary's church

As one of the oldest cities in England, Cambridge is home to a plethora of historic buildings. As you explore the city, you’ll find a number of churches and chapels that showcase the beautiful architecture Cambridge is known for.

If you’re hoping to make the most of what Cambridge has to offer as you explore, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some wonderful photos. We’ve put together this helpful guide so you can find the city’s best churches while staying at the Tamburlaine Cambridge.

King’s College Chapel

King’s Parade, Cambridge

King's College Chapel and University of Cambridge
View of King’s College Chapel and University of Cambridge from the Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

Opened in 1515, this iconic Chapel offers a unique look into the history of Cambridge. You can find the beautiful spire stretching up above the lush grounds of the King’s College grounds which is a great place to snap some scenic photos to add to your holiday album. The authentic gothic design is a beautiful example of English architecture and features a gorgeous stained glass window which is packed full of colour. King’s College is the perfect place for a walk after experiencing the Tamburlaine Cambridge afternoon tea.

St Benet’s Church

Benet Street, Cambridge

As you make your way through the heart of the city and find yourself strolling the quaint Benet Street, you’ll get a chance to explore the historic St Benet’s Church. The church has Anglo-Saxon roots and although the exact date on which it was built is unknown, historians maintain that it was erected at some point in the early 11th century. Although there have been many restoration projects over the years, the interior holds a lot of its original beauty. Be sure to take your camera and capture some great pictures.

Holy Sepulchre

Bridge Street, Cambridge

Although this is one of the smallest churches in Cambridge, it is one of the most popular with tourists and visitors to the Tamburlaine Cambridge. The Holy Sepulchre is more commonly known as the Round Church and has become a go-to place for travellers of many faiths thanks to its unique design and quaint size. The modest church was built in 1130 in devotion to the Rotunda in Jerusalem. The building was declared officially finished after the addition of a spire in 1842 and after only 10 years was declared a Grade II listed building.

Church of St Mary the Great

Senate House Hill, Cambridge

Great St. Mary's Church in cambridge

Make your way alongside the beautiful River Cam and towards the northern end of Cambridge and you’ll find the beautiful Church of St Mary the Great. It was opened in 1519 and is an official parish of the University of Cambridge. The huge steeple stands tall at the centre, making the church one of the largest in Cambridge. The famous bells of St Mary’s can be heard every day and can be seen on special tours of the church, If you’re looking to explore the architecture of Cambridge, you won’t want to miss out on this gem.