Cambridge, United Kingdom - May 12, 2012: Holy Sepulchre Round Church in Cambridge as seen on 12th of May, 2012.

©Valery Egorov/Shutterstock

Round Church


Cambridge’s intensely atmospheric Round Church is one of only four such structures in England. It was built by the mysterious Knights Templar in 1130 and shelters an unusual circular nave ringed by chunky Norman pillars. The carved stone faces crowning the pillars bring the 12th century vividly to life. Guided walks take place Monday to Saturday at 2.15pm.

The church’s position on Bridge St reminds you of its original role – that of a chapel for pilgrims crossing the river.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Cambridge attractions

1. St John's College

0.07 MILES

Alma mater of six prime ministers, three saints and Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), St John's is superbly photogenic…

2. Trinity College

0.11 MILES

The largest of Cambridge's colleges, Trinity offers an extraordinary Tudor gateway, an air of supreme elegance and a sweeping Great Court – the largest of…

3. Magdalene College

0.17 MILES

Riverside Magdalene often catches people out – the college name is properly pronounced 'Maud-lyn'. This former Benedictine hostel's greatest asset is the…

4. Pepys Library

0.17 MILES

The 3000 books in this unique collection were bequeathed by the eponymous 17th-century diarist to his old college. This idiosyncratic collection of…

5. Gonville & Caius College

0.18 MILES

Known locally as Caius (pronounced 'keys'), Gonville and Caius boasts three fascinating gates: Virtue, Humility and Honour. They symbolise the progress of…

6. Wren Library

0.19 MILES

The renowned Wren Library contains 55,000 books published before 1820 and more than 2500 manuscripts, including AA Milne's original Winnie the Pooh. Both…

7. Jesus College


This tranquil 15th-century college was once a nunnery of St Radegund before the Bishop of Ely, John Alcock, expelled the nuns for 'improvidence,…

8. Senate House

0.21 MILES

This beautiful classical structure (not open to the public), tucked in beside King's College, was designed in 1730 by James Gibbs. Graduations are held…