St Mary de Crypt is a
living church
sharing our faith in Jesus Christ,
the story of our history
and heritage
and the life of the city

Welcome!

We are currently open to the public from  11.00am until 3.00pm Wednesday to Sunday. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our first priority and all necessary measures are in place to enable us  to use the buildings as safely as possible at this time. If you have any questions or concerns about our response to Coronavirus please contact us.

We welcome all visitors to this sacred space.

  • Here you will find a quiet place to sit and reflect or pray.
  • Here you can explore the rich history and heritage of these buildings using our app or talking to one of our guides.
  • You are most welcome to stop and sit for a while in the Schoolroom, bring a coffee or a sandwich.
  • Our shop is open to browse and buy local hand-made gifts, postcards and calendars.
  • If you are looking for a Covid-secure space to hold a meeting, please get in touch. We can accommodate up to 12 people in the Cooke Room. 

Help Hub

Gloucestershire County Council has set up a Help Hub. Anyone needing help with shopping, medicine or anything else can log their needs and anyone able to give voluntary help likewise.
Help Hub Hot Line 0830-1730 01452 583 519

Our space is Open for Prayer

St Mary de Crypt is once again available as a quiet space in the heart of the city. Come in to say a prayer or simply sit and reflect a little.  All are welcome.

Prayer Requests

Holy God, as we open our doors and welcome in those who will come may we recognise you among them. As we make our churches safe to enter and care for those who come may we recognise you as our strong defence. As we say our prayers and light our candles may we recognise you in the midst. As we resume our life may we recognise you as our life today, tomorrow and always. Amen

If you have any prayer requests, please send them to [email protected]

Invest in your Heritage: Volunteer or Donate

Discover DeCrypt relies on support from people like you to maintain these historic buildings and keep them open and accessible to all.  Some people donate their time and skills as volunteers, others make a financial gift. We are hugely grateful to all our supporters.  Without them our community and our projects wouldn’t happen. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate then please click the buttons below to find out more.

Heritage Activity Pack

During the Gloucester History Festival, 5th-19th September, we will be offering a Heritage Pack for families with games, activities, quizzes and information about our buildings and their place in the life of the city over the centuries. Pop in to pick up your free pack or click the link below to download.

You can still access our summer Family Activity Packs via the link below.

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Discover DeCrypt Heritage Activity Pack

Download our Heritage Activity Pack for lots of fun history and heritage games, puzzles and info to explore during Gloucester History Festival.

Activity Pack downloads in a zipped file. Within this are the PDFs that you can print at home.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Crafts Workshop

  • December 5, 2020 @ 11:30 am
Learn how to make your own Christmas decorations from natural materials. Families welcome….

News and Updates

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Discover DeCrypt Heritage Activity Pack

Download our Heritage Activity Pack for lots of fun history and heritage games, puzzles and info to explore during Gloucester History Festival.

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Raikes’ Ragged School and Make a Kaleidecycle

Find out about the first Sunday Schools in Gloucester and have fun with making and decorating a clever kaleidecycle to play with.

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Discover DeCrypt Heritage Timeline and Make a Diorama

Use your imagination to make a miniature 3D landscape in a box. Find out more about the people and stories of these buildings over the …

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