Visiting our church

One of England's finest churches

A place of history and worship

A view across the church yard to the south-side of Ottery St Mary church

Why visit our church?

Ottery St Mary church is a stunning Grade 1 listed medieval church. Finished in 1345, it is a sister to Exeter Cathedral,with a rare example of two towers. There are fascinating details both outisde and inside the church from carvings, to memorials, to ceiling bosses. The church has a family connection to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and there are permament display boards detailing his life as well as a stunning sculpture by  Nicholas Dimbleby.  The church shop is open every day and a guide book is available to purchase.

When is the church open?

The church is open from 9 AM to 5:30 PM each day but is closed to ALL visitors during these activities:

  • Tots’ Time Mondays 1.30PM – 3.30PM,
  • Tots’ Praise Wednesdays 9.30AM to 10.30AM,
  • Bright Star’s choir and Lighthouse choir Thursdays 3.30PM – 6PM.
  • Contractors on site and health and safety requires church closure.

There are often services happening during the week: funerals, baptisms, weddings and other special services. We ask that you are particularly considerate of these services and  avoid visiting the church at this time unless of course you would like to attend the service itself.

Before setting off on your journey, please check the calendar below to make sure the church is open.

A photo of the church porch with the open sign outside

Before leaving our church

We hope very much you enjoy your visit to St Mary’s Church and wish to donate to the life and work of the church. There are card readers and donation slots at the crossing and in the shop as well as leaflets outlining the various ways you can donate regularly to the parish. You can also donate online.

Wall mural of outstretched hands asking for a donation

Check church is open

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5:00 PM
Evening Prayer
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8:30 AM
Morning Prayer
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9:30 AM
Tots' Praise
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5:00 PM
Evening Prayer for Peace
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7:00 PM
Lent Course
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8:30 AM
Contractor in church
Ottery St Mary Church
4:00 PM
Bright Stars
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5:00 PM
Lighthouse
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6:45 PM
Choir practice
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7:30 PM
Meeting in church
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10:30 AM
Holy Communion Sung
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6:30 PM
Evensong
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8:30 AM
Morning Prayer
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2:00 PM
Tots' Time
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5:00 PM
Evening Prayer
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10:00 AM
Coffee and Chat
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12:00 PM
Funeral in church
Ottery St Mary Church
5:00 PM
Evening Prayer
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28
8:30 AM
Morning Prayer
Ottery St Mary Church
9:30 AM
Tots' Praise
Ottery St Mary Church
5:00 PM
Evening Prayer for Peace
Ottery St Mary Church
7:00 PM
Lent Course
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4:00 PM
Bright Stars
Ottery St Mary Church
5:00 PM
Lighthouse
Ottery St Mary Church
6:45 PM
Choir practice
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10:00 AM
Bell ringers in church
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Events on February 20th
Evening Prayer
20 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 21st
Morning Prayer
21 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Tots' Praise
21 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Evening Prayer for Peace
21 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lent Course
21 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 22nd
Contractor in church
22 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Bright Stars
22 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lighthouse
22 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Choir practice
22 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 23rd
Meeting in church
23 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 25th
Holy Communion Sung
25 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Evensong
25 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 26th
Morning Prayer
26 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Tots' Time
26 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Evening Prayer
26 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 27th
Coffee and Chat
27 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Funeral in church
27 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Evening Prayer
27 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 28th
Morning Prayer
28 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Tots' Praise
28 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Evening Prayer for Peace
28 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lent Course
28 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on February 29th
Bright Stars
29 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lighthouse
29 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Choir practice
29 Feb 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on March 1st
Bell ringers in church
1 Mar 24
Ottery St. Mary