Set in the heart of the historic town centre, the Collegiate Church of St Mary - with its 174ft tall tower - is a must-see attraction for visitors to Warwick. It is a major local landmark that receives thousands of visitors from around the globe, who come to admire its architectural grandeur. Founded in 1123, it is famous for its incomparable medieval Beauchamp Chapel with superb stained glass, medieval and Tudor tombs, including that of Sir Robert Dudley, a favourite courtier of Queen Elizabeth 1.
The atmospheric crypt houses one of only two ducking stools in existence. The chancel is 14th century and the chapter house holds the sombre black marble monument to the notorious first Lord Brooke - Sir Fulke Greville - who can be credited for restoring Warwick Castle in the early 17th century. His ghost is said to still haunt the Watergate (or Ghost)Tower there. To the north of the nave the Warwickshire Regimental Chapel can be found with its colourful flags and banners.
There is a gift shop and a brass rubbing centre. There are many events throughout the year such as the glorious St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival that opens on Warwick's Victorian Evening at the end of November and is a wonderful start to the festive season. Music from the St Mary’s Choir features choral music and the church is renowned for its wonderful acoustics where choirs, musical groups and orchestras feature in a variety of concerts. Recently, the celebrated violinist Nicola Benedetti accompanied Armonico Consort.