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The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

Warwick is a beautiful medieval town on the River Avon, in England’s West Midlands region. Warwick is best known for its Castle, The Collegiate Church of St. Mary with its Tower view and norman crypt, and the timber-framed buildings of 14th-century Lord Leycester Hospital cluster by the city’s West Gate. The St. John’s House Museum is housed in a Jacobean mansion with gardens. St Mary's Church is close to all Warwick amenities, cafes and other attractions, so you can spend an enjoyable day or weekend in the town with plenty to do.

Getting Here

Our Location

St Mary’s Church is in a prime location in the heart of Warwick town centre, a 5-minute walk from Warwick Castle and the Lord Leycester Hospital. Below is a map of our location: click ‘Directions’ and enter your location to find the quickest route.

Parking

Warwick has a variety of parking with a multi-storey carpark, various smaller carparks, and paid street parking around the town centre.

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Opening Hours

Entry to St Mary’s Church is free to all, although we welcome donations to help support the church. As this is a historic building, wheelchair access is provided to the main Nave, Shop and Regimental Chapel only. An audio loop system is also available during services.

Monday - Saturday | 10:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday | 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Last entry 4:10pm

For any further information please contact our Visitor Services Team who will be more than happy to help 01926 403940 (Option 4) or visitorteam@stmaryswarwick.org.uk

Group Visits and Guided Tours

Guided Tours

We very much welcome visiting groups into our Church. A guided tour can be arranged if requested in advance. Tours cost £3 per person and last approximately 45 minutes. Our knowledgeable guides will bring the story of St Mary’s to life, and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the building and its history.

Please book in advance by ringing the Parish Office on 01926 403940 or email:

events@stmaryswarwick.org.uk

Group and Travel Trade visits for a combined guided tour of St Mary’s Church and Lord Leycester
(Tuesday - Saturday only)

Information for Group organisers
Information for Coach drivers

Things to do at St Mary’s

Climbing the Tower

St Mary’s Tower is open to visitors throughout the year, weather permitting, and offers spectacular views from the top. The charge for the tower is £3 per adult, students over 16 £2.50, students under 16 £1.50 and family ticket £6 (2 adults and up to 4 children).We regret the Tower is not suitable for children under eight years old.

Brass Rubbings

Brass rubbing is a largely British enthusiasm for reproducing onto paper monumental brasses – commemorative brass plaques found in churches, usually on the floor, popular between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. St Mary's offers the chance for you to make your own brass rubbings on black or white paper with wax crayons. Choose from over 25 designs from only £2.30 to create a lasting memento of your visit to St Mary's.

Church Shop

The Church Shop nestles in the south-west corner of the eighteenth-century Nave. Within the wonderful atmosphere of the Church you can visit the shop to seek out unusual gifts including specialist religious items, browse through a selection of postcards, greeting cards, maps and books, jewellery, rosaries, a variety of wall carvings, and much more. Our dedicated shop team are waiting to help you make your purchase, and our themed displays ensure new products are available for special times of year such as Christmas and Easter. We also offer Christening, Communion, and Confirmation gifts and cards. Specialist books include ‘The Beauchamp Chapel’ by the Revd. Canon David Brindley, ‘The Stained Glass Windows in the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick’ by Elsie Kibble, and many other guide books of St Mary’s and Warwick. CDs of St Mary’s Choirs are also available.

History and Architecture

Our church enshrines much of the history of England, and has great architectural beauty and significance. It is a home of prayer and worship, with a strong musical tradition. Click below to explore the beautiful history and architecture of the church.

The History and Architecture of St Mary’s

Annual Christmas Tree Festival

The Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick is the beautiful setting for the annual Christmas Tree Festival, which opens on Warwick Town Victorian evening in late November. Visitors can vote for their favourite Christmas tree and be entered into a prize draw. On the opening night there will be entertainment including a variety of music, including the ever popular Hand Bell ringing demonstration, mulled wine & mince pies. Craft stalls and the St Mary’s gift shop will help with those Christmas presents. The evening will be rounded off with a short carol service.

The nine day-long festival continues with a variety of concerts and events celebrating the Christmas season, including local school choirs singing Christmas songs and carols, visits from Father Christmas and the Mayor of Warwick, charity concerts, and guided tours of the beautiful Church.

Warwick Town of Treasures

A digital guided tour of two iconic buildings

Discover over 1000 years of Warwick's history as you are guided through the ancient sites of the Lord Leycester Hospital and the Collegiate Church of St Mary.

Download the 'Warwick Town of Treasures' app today from Google Play or the App Store.

St Mary’s Church Warwick hosts many wonderful events and concerts, plan your visit today by viewing our events page.