|The Nave of St Mary's, Warwick|
St Mary’s Church is an historic landmark, tourist attraction and busy parish church which is set in the ancient town of Warwick. People have worshipped on this site for over 1,000 years and our present building is one of the largest and most interesting churches in Britain. We are open every day of the year (apart from Good Friday and Christmas Day) and welcome a large number of visitors from across the world.
We offer a wide range of services from those involving our choirs to others that are quiet and reflective. Visitors can discover more about those on this website. St Mary’s aims to be an inclusive church, so it’s used by the local community to celebrate baptisms, weddings and funerals as well as significant national events and we welcome people in for concerts, exhibitions and recordings for television and radio as well as the weekly round of worship.
I do hope that you will be able to visit us to explore our Norman foundations in the crypt, look at the Beauchamp Chantry (the finest medieval chapel in England) or gaze from the tower with stunning views over Warwick Castle and the surrounding town. Feel free to take time to pray and be still in this place hallowed over centuries of prayer, or join in any of our regular acts of worship.
Join with us in handing this architectural and spiritual gem onto succeeding generations.One of our pressing challenges at the moment is to raise the funds to restore and maintain this wonderful building. Our Capital Campaign has already raised £1m and is seeking to raise a further £1.4m. We are enormously grateful to all who have contributed so far. If you would like to help, please visit our fundraising section or look out for fundraising events posted here and in our weekly newsletter available from the News & Magazine page.
Vaughan Roberts Vicar of St Mary’s Church and Rector of the Warwick Team Ministry
14 April 2016 – 30 June 2016
The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick to present a major exhibition featuring the Shakespeare First Folio (1623) (courtesy of the V&A Museum) and a first edition of the King James Bible (1611) (courtesy of Cambridge University).
“Shakespeare 400: History, Heritage & Faith” will provide visitors the rare opportunity of seeing these two iconic texts, ‘twin pillars’ of Western society, on display together. The exhibition will run from mid-April to the end of June 2016. Admission fees are £3.50 for Adults/£2.50 Concessions and £6.50 for a Family ticket.If you buy an exhibition ticket we are also offering a discounted rate of £1.50 and concessions 50p to go up the tower and see the spectacular views.
Dame Judi Dench will open the exhibition on 21 April 2016, Dame Judi will share her passion for Shakespeare and her Christian faith. (SOLD OUT)
In tandem with the exhibition will be keynote events throughout the three-month exhibition period: theatre performances, film screenings (e.g., Henry V with a pre-screening discussion with actor Michael Maloney), interactive displays, music performances, noted celebrities and scholars in conversation and performance.
In May, St Mary’s will play host to the "Good Queen Bess Fest" - Elizabethan Weekend, 28-30 May 2016 (Collaboration with Kenilworth Castle, Lord Leycester Hospital and Charlecote Park).
Held within the magnificent Collegiate Church of St Mary, a work of art in its own right, this exhibition is not to be missed! With its links to Queen Elizabeth 1st and the Earls of Warwick, St Mary’s houses the stunning Beauchamp Chapel, resting place of Robert Dudley. Steeped in history, the Church stands in the centre of Warwick. Its iconic tower that can be climbed for a small charge offers breath-taking views of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.
Tel. 01926 403940
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