One of my favourite things to do when travelling to a new destination is to find the highest vantage point, however on my first visit to Cambridge I couldn’t find any obvious landmarks from which I could take in the views over the city.
I paid a second visit to Cambridge back in July with my parents when they were visiting from Australia, and as we were walking past Kings College a sign outside Great St Mary’s Church caught our attention. This is how we learned the church tower is open to the public and you can climb to the top to see panoramic views over Cambridge.
The church is free to enter and tickets to the tower can be purchased from the gift shop inside. An adult ticket to the tower is only £3.90.
With our tickets in hand we made our way up the spiral staircase with 123 steps, passing the bell chamber along the way. The climb to the top is tough but the views at the top were worth the effort.
We felt like we deserved a sweet treat after that exercise so we popped into 6 Ice Cream which is just a 3 minute walk from the church. I couldn’t resist this open ice cream sandwich.
The tower at Great St Mary’s Church is open weekdays from 10am to 5.30pm. On Sundays it’s open from 12.45 pm to 5.30pm. Last entry to the tower is at 4pm.