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St Giles

With its sumptuous interior, this church was rebuilt in 1875 as part of the catholic revival in the Church of England.

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Opening times

Open daily 9.30am to 5pm.
Please contact the parish office before making a special trip.


Castle Street

Elements of the old church survive, including the chancel arch and an ancient doorway. Furnishings and windows include items by Comper and Kempe. There has been a church on this site since 1092.

Much altered and adapted over the years with changing styles of worship, the church was rebuilt and expanded in 1875 according to designs by Healey and Healey of Bradford. Built to serve an impoverished area of Cambridge, and with a plain exterior (the proposed tower was never built), the vast interior has many beautiful features including a striking reredos and screen, statues by German craftsmen, panelling by Comper, and glass by Comper and Kempe.

These 19th and early 20th century masterpieces sit alongside elements incorporated from the original church. The church remains an active place of worship, and remains in the catholic tradition of the Church of England. It is also home to a Romanian Orthodox community, and has an active Friends group.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Regular events include a bake sale on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am to 12pm and a local history talk on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 11am to 12pm.

  • Church of England

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