Collegiate Church of St Mary's

Collegiate Church of St Mary's

Collegiate Church of St Mary's
4.5
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10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Wednesday
10:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:45 PM
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St Mary's Church is an historic landmark, tourist attraction and busy parish church set in the ancient town of Warwick. People have worshipped on this site for over 1,000 years and we are proud to be the stewards of this rich heritage. One of the largest churches in Britain, we offer a wide range of services, many featuring enchanting music from our choirs. The repair and restoration of the iconic tower of St Mary’s is our immediate short-term priority and the focus of our current fundraising activity.
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Heather87
686 contributions
Nov 2019
Collegiate Church of St Mary’s was one of two churches (plus Westminster Abbey) I visited while travelling around London with my father and older brother. Similar to Temple Church in London (the other of the two), I ended up enjoying the experience more than my experience at Westminster Abbey simply because it was interesting without being overstimulating or crowded. If you’re in Warwick, it’s definitely worth the visit.

First of all, entry is free although the church really appreciates donations. Doing the Tower of St Mary’s climb and/or guided tours do, however, incur fees.

Second, the church was built in 1123 so it has a strong sense of history reflected in its architecture. It doesn’t have as many effigies as the Temple Church but it has two chapels; Beauchamp Chapel houses the tomb Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick among other tombs and is quite interesting to see. I was also in awe of the crypt with the number of people buried and how far back the burials date.

Third they have a great giftshop in the corner of the Nave. Although you don’t have to be religious to appreciate the things they sell, I have a friend who’s very religious so it was the perfect place to buy souvenirs and her birthday present.
Written August 3, 2020
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warwickwanderer
Warwick, UK53 contributions
Dec 2019
I have been here many times just looking but on one visit I asked a question about one of the medieval statues and its symbolism. The guide was so well informed and told me so much more. It was like an excellent free art history lesson in medieval art
Written November 16, 2020
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warwickwanderer
Warwick, UK53 contributions
Jan 2020
If you visit here don't be afraid to ask the voluntary guides some questions - they are full of fascinating information. The Chancel is especially interesting but I went a few times before I asked anything - and i was so glad when I finally did as I was told so much!
There are some times free concerts in the middle of the day
In January and February, its only open from Thursday to Sunday so be careful of that. The rest of the year its open every day
Written March 5, 2020
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Oldhousefan2014
Daventry, UK22 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
This place is quite simply magnificent and a must visit! It’s packed with treasures and houses the most incredible collection of monuments I’ve ever seen in one building outside London. There is no charge but please do make a donation! It’s more than worth the gesture! I’m sorry to make a negative comment but I was bitterly disappointed to find the austere but fascinating monument to the equally fascinating Sir Faulke Greville, was out of bounds and piled up and surrounded by wooden chairs! He wouldn’t approve! I’m sure there’s some reasonable explanation but if there is it wasn’t for the visitor to know as the simple notice simply declared that section closed. I know this is a working building not just an exhibit and all involved with it do a sterling job looking after it but I was sad to see this important figures monument treated thus.
Written January 12, 2020
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BlarghBlargh
York, UK351 contributions
Jan 2020
Well worth a look in if in Warwick and the church has amazing architecture inside. Lots of history and the crypt is some of the original Norman church. The Dean's chapel is especially interesting, as are the effigies in the Beauchamp chapel. As another reviewer said, I was a bit surprised to see one of the areas just blocked off and packed full of chairs.
Written January 26, 2020
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Anarchon
Sheffield, UK169 contributions
Aug 2021
This was our second attempt at visiting St Marys Church in Warwick. The first time we were thwarted by a wedding and this time around the church had closed early for the day despite the advertised opening times online. Soooooo frustrating.........
Written August 15, 2021
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Cynthia H
Warrington, UK2 contributions
Jan 2020
It was the funeral of a dear friend. Three were people from St Mary's on hand to meet us. They were friendly and compassionate pointing out places nearby where we could buy a coffee . The squat tower made the church easy to spot as we approached Warwick. The interior had that quiet beauty that is typical of old English churches. I would love to visit again sometimes to spend more time enjoying the atmosphere and the interior in more detail.
Written January 30, 2020
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Anu
United Kingdom896 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
It is a beautiful church. We couldn't visit inside the church as it was a day out with family to Warwick Castle. It's architectural beauty can be admired from the Warwick castle as well. I would love to see inside the historic church when I visit Warwick again.
Written January 5, 2020
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outineastasia
Taipei, Taiwan94 contributions
Apr 2022
The church had recently reopened to visitors. Its architecture is outstanding as are the tombs. The Beauchamp chapel was the high point of our visit to Warwick. If you want to enjoy this building to the full, visit a choral Evensong.
Written April 28, 2022
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Rosie T
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Travelled down from York with my mum to go see Warwick Castle because we are big history buffs, and because we love churches we decided to have a quick visit here before the castle. So glad that we did!! It is an unexpected delight inside!! It has so much wonderful history attached to it, and it is very beautiful inside. The Beauchamp chapel is a must see! and a huge thankyou to our guide Linda who was marvellous, and all the other lovely volunteers. Anyone interested in Warwick Castle, the Earls of Warwick, and history in general should definitely go and see this church.
Written August 29, 2022
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