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St Mary’s Church is open daily for tourist visits, but its chief purpose is as a house of prayer.  There are services every Sunday and on at least one other day a week, but the only time the Church is closed during the day is for Funeral Services.  On Saturdays in the warmer months, there are often Weddings taking place at St Mary’s.

There is no formal dress code but most people who come wear smart casual clothes.


Painswick is 3 miles North of Stroud, on the A 46.  There is a public car park (pay and display) less than 200 metres from the church building. In is a footpath through an archway giving  access from the Car Park directly to the churchyard. The Church Building at St Mary’s  has level access, and is fine for wheelchairs.  Inside the Church Building you will find guides to the church on sale, or for use during your visit.   Many people find that a visit to St Mary’s and its churchyard is a good way to start their visit to the village.There is a Tourist Information Centre on weekdays in the Gravedigger’s Hut, which is the small building on the left as you enter the Churchyard from the Car Park.

(Full address:St Mary ‘s Parish Church , New Street, Painswick, Gloucestershire, GL6 6UT)