Round Church




“Based at the historic Round Church in the heart of Cambridge, we are a community commending the
gospel of Christ with all of its implications both to the university and the wider public,
through vibrant community, practical hospitality and thoughtful discourse.”

Since 2001, we have been a thoughtful community serving Cambridge through our Round Church Visitor Centre, and since 2016, the Round Church Scriptorium. We are housed inside the historic Round Church (c.1130) in the centre of Cambridge University, and although we are in a church, we are not a church. Due to our history and ethos, we have often been referred to as "L'ABRI in the city". 


Round Church Scriptorium

We are a Scriptorium, a place of writing, based at the historic Round Church in the heart of Cambridge. As the monks in the so-called dark ages preserved our Christian cultural inheritance in Scriptoria throughout Europe, so too we offer a place for the pursuit of truth in a post-truth society. This mission is achieved through the provision of a desk, warm hospitality, one-to-one chaplaincy care, and a free association of ideas around the table.


Round Church Visitor Centre

The 12th century Round Church, modelled on the 4th century Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, has stood as a witness to the Christian faith for nearly 900 years of Cambridge history. Over 20,000 visitors from all around the world walk through its doors each year. These visitors - tourists, students and residents - have the opportunity to encounter in various ways the role Christianity has played in Cambridge history. Internationally renowned as a seat of learning, research and scholarship, Cambridge has been a centre for new ideas, discoveries and movements that have influenced western culture for centuries. Focusing on Cambridge as it has both shaped and reflected western history, the Round Church seeks to introduce the community and visitors to the ways in which Christianity has been a foundational intellectual and moral dynamic.

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The Round Church | Cambridge is a charity of Christian Heritage - "Recovering the Past, Challenging the Present, Shaping the Future"