Family activities in GSM

There will be children's activities on offer in GSM, including bell-related crafts for younger children and an exploring trail for slightly older children. Please note you will need to remain with your child at all times.


The Lost Rings of Cambridge Tour

Cambridge ringer Gareth Davies will be leading a daytime walking tour, The Lost Rings of Cambridge. The tour will visit the sites of the bells and churches that are no longer visible, including the bells of King's College, and explore their history as discovered in Gareth's doctoral research.

The tour will leave from Great St Mary's and last about 45 minutes. Subject to interest two tours are currently planned, at 12pm and 2pm, with a maximum of around ten people per tour. We are no longer accepting new expressions of interest online in advance, but you'll be able to sign up on the day.


Exploring the city

Looking for a family day out? 

As well as Great St Mary’s, there are other popular attractions around the city. There is plenty to do for families who are looking for a fun day who want to embrace some Cambridge culture as well as enjoy listening to some ringing. But GSM is right in the centre of this small, beautiful city, and one of the nicest things to do is simply wander around through some of the small streets, do a little window shopping, and poke your nose into an ancient college or two.

The tourist office can give detailed information about the city and is easy to find. Walk along St Mary’s Passage south of the church, then take a right onto Peas Hill, where it is situated on your left-hand side. The website for the Tourist Office is, but here are some suggestions:


King’s College, Cambridge

You can’t miss this iconic set of buildings just outside GSM. One of the 31 University Colleges, King’s College has a stunning stone built chapel started in 1446 by Henry VI, with the largest fan vault in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass. You can buy tickets at the King’s centre and shop opposite the college on Trumpington Road. On the contest day, the college is not open to the public but the chapel can still be accessed.


Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

About a 20 minute walk away, the immaculate 40-acre Botanic Gardens are open between 10am-5pm. Head south from GSM down Trumpington Street, where you will meet Trumpington Road. The admission point is between Trumpington Road and Brookside at the Brookside Gate.



Punting is the only way to see some of the best sights of the central colleges. Take an hour to drift down the Cam with a picnic – either pushing yourself along or with a guide to do it for you. The main two departure points are the ‘Mill Pond’ to the southwest (Mill Ln CB2 1RS) or Quayside on the north side of the centre (Magdalene St CB5 8AB). The tourist office can probably give more information on punting.


Sightseeing by bus

Open-top bus tours cover the main historic sights of the city in about 45 minutes. Information and prices can be found at the Tourist office or at:



Free entry, open 10am-4pm; here are two that are about 10 minute walk from GSM:

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum (both an art gallery and museum) contains impressive collections from around the world that would be of interest for all ages. The Ancient Eygpt, Greece and Rome sections may be of particular interest to those still at school. The museum is 5-10 minutes walk from GSM located on Trumpington Street on the right hand side.
  • The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences has displays of impressive rocks and fossils. A 5-10 minute from GSM, walk along St Mary’s Passage south of the church, turn right onto Peas Hill, turn left onto Wheeler Street, take a right onto Corn Exchange Street, then take a left onto Downing Street and the Sedgewick Museum is located on the left hand side.


We hope these ideas are a good start if you need to get away from the bustle of 12-bell activity. Again, feel free to visit the Tourist and Information Centre on the day if you have any further queries.