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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).

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Maximum Occupancy 16 champers

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.

Churches of St Cyriac and St Julitta, High Street, Swaffham Prior, Cambridge, CB5 0LD
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Rambling and Roaming in Swaffham Prior

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).


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.

  • Visitor Comments

    I held a surprise 60th pyjama party for my husband at Swaffham Prior and what a wonderful surprise it was for him and all the guests! A fun and different experience – they are all still talking about it!

    Martha, who Champed at Swaffham Prior

    What a great refuge from busy lives! Perfect relaxing time!

    Anna & Dave - Swaffham Prior

    Amazing! So wonderful to wake up to the sun shining through the windows. Second church we have stayed in – both lovely!


    I champed with a group of my friends and we had such an amazing time! Dinner at the pub was very yummy and we then went back to the church to play cards and tell stories! Felt like we’d all shared a unique experience!

    Joanne - Champed at Swaffham Prior

    We loved the church and the village was charming. Earlier in the day we visited nearby Anglesey Abbey, which provided a wonderful day out. This was all to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. However, there wasn’t any wifi, which wasn’t the end of the world, but a bit irrirating . Also in the website photo there is a sofa, which was also no existent. The camp beds are horrible. Far too small. In the end I slept on the floor which was more comfy. My hubby stayed on the camp bed but regreted it by the morning. We would go champing again, but would take our own airbed or roll.

    Bianca Saville

    Champed at Swaffham Prior on 19 August with Crispin T, Peter A and Damien P from the CCT. Most impressed by the facilities, champing furnishings and the bits and pieces such as electric candles, electric storm lanterns and a surprisingly good range of teas and coffees for the morning. Vast spaces so that we could occupy all corners of the church.

    Alan Guthrie-Jones

    Just back from a night’s champing at the splendidly named St Cyriac and St Julitta, Swaffham Prior with the top brass of the CCT. A very atmospheric huge Georgian church with limitless space to set up one’s camp bed well away from Olympic class snoring companions. I’ve stayed in a number of Landmark Trust properties but this is very different. All credit to the CCT for this imaginative scheme. Definitely worth a try

    Alan Guthrie-Jones

    All went well and communication was great. Breakfast was lovely and friendly staff… Fold out beds could be slightly more comfortable…

    Damon Barton