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Round Church

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Bridge Street, Cambridge. CB2 1UB • (01223) 311602
Round Church, Cambridge
Round Church, Cambridge

The Round Church is a historic former church in Cambridge. The round part of the church was built in about 1130 by the ‘fraternity of the Holy Sepulchre’. They were influenced by the Round Church in Jerusalem called the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.

In fact, the Round Church is formally known as The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Since the fraternity were Normans, recently arrived from France in 1066, they used the Norman or Romanesque style hence the thick pillars and rounded arches.

Initially the church was a wayfarers’ chapel serving the main Roman road, or ‘the via devana’, which passed its door. Today this road is known as Bridge Street. The building then became a normal parish church in the 13th century with a proper chancel and a north aisle. The fine angel roof was carved in the 15th century. In 1994 the church’s congregation moved to the much larger St Andrew the Great, just by Lion Yard.

Guided walks of Cambridge are also available, see the website for more details.

Features:

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

Open 11am-4.15pm Wednesday to Saturday, Closed Sunday to Tuesday (please check the website for any late changes).
Adult £3.50, Child £1, Senior £3.50.

Booking:

Advance booking is not required.

Location:

Located to the north of the city centre on the corner of Bridge Street and Round Church Street.

Getting There:

National Rail Cambridge railway station: 25 minutes walk.

Parking:

Parking available nearby - payment required.

Round Church, Bridge Street, Cambridge. CB2 1UB • (01223) 311602

Last Updated Thursday 28 April 2022

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