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St Mary the Virgin

The largest medieval building in the city known locally as St Mary in the Lace Market.

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Opening times

Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm.


High Pavement

The largest medieval building in the city known locally as St Mary in the Lace Market. At the time of the Domesday survey in 1086, Nottingham was a royal borough and St. Mary’s, as the only church, had royal status.

The present building is the third known to have stood here. It was constructed in stages during the 1300s and 1400s. It reflects the prosperity that Nottingham enjoyed during that period. Its magnificent architecture, huge windows and many monuments all bear witness to the funds poured into its construction by the guilds, merchants and gentry of Nottingham society. 

The Reformation during the 1500s and the Civil Wars of 1642-1651 stripped the church of much of its original splendour but not of its importance to Nottingham. Having survived desecrations, storms, riots and incendiary bombs, St Mary’s has been restored many times and its present beauty owes much to the skills and sensitivity of the architects, artists and craftsmen of the last 200 years.

Today, it is a much loved focus of religious life and symbolises, as the city’s finest surviving medieval building, the enduring stature of a great city.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Wifi

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Level access throughout

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

  • Partnership Grant, £5,000, 2011

  • Our Partnership Grants funded a range of repair projects, recommended by County Church Trusts, to help keep churches open.

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