St Cyriac & St Julitta in Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire

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10 champers (more on request)

High Street, Swaffham Prior,
Cambridge, CB5 0LD

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St Cyriac & St Julitta in Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire

Perched on a hill in a quiet and leafy church yard next to the meandering High Street, this quirky church shares the space with the neighbouring church of St Mary’s. Both buildings have occupied the same churchyard for centuries and shared mixed fortunes along the way. By 1806 much of St Cyriac’s was a crumbling, ivy-strewn ruin with no roof, but there wasn’t a princess who had been asleep for a hundred years at the top of the medieval bell tower (probably just some bats). After checking for sleepy princesses and re-homing the bats, the ruined building was knocked down and a new structure built. The result is an elegant Georgian interior with slim columns, beautiful clear glass windows, acres of open space and great acoustics – perfect for a party (without a wicked godmother).

To learn more about this church and the work of the CCT, click here.

The church of St Cyriac & St Julitta is very popular locally and has a thriving community who use it for local events. During the summer the Friends group use part of the church to host a pop-up afternoon tea shop, with home-made cakes and steaming cups of tea. Yum. This won’t impact greatly on your booking as the last scone crumb will be packed away by tea-time, but please be aware that there may be people in the church when you arrive. With tea. And cake.

Rambling and Roaming in Swaffham Prior


King’s College Chapel – King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST . Ph 01223 331212 – Magnificent 15th century chapel built by Henry VI (13.0 miles from church). Click here for more information.

Denny Abbey – Ely Rd, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ. Ph 0370 333 1181 – Medieval priory that has housed Knights Templar and Franciscan nuns (13.3 miles from church). Click here for more information.

Angelsey Abbey –  Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9EJ, 01223810080 – Jacobean manor lovingly restored in the early 20th century (3.2 miles from church). Click here for more information.

More shops

Newmarket Country Market – The Stable, High Street, Newmarket, CB8 8NA, Ph 01246 261508 – Local farmer’s market, every Tuesday from 0845 to 1300 (7.6 miles to church).

Cam Valley Orchards 
– 23 Whitecroft Rd, Meldreth, Royston SG8 6NE, Ph 01763 262906 – Fruit farm shop selling Cambridgeshire apples & pears (24.3 miles from church).