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Grote Kerk
Grote Kerk

Grote Kerk

Free admission
July and August Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm
Oude Groenmarkt 23, The Hague

The basics

Many walking and sightseeing tours of The Hague include a photo stop outside the Great Church of St. James, often in combination with nearby attractions such as the Old Town Hall or the Binnenhof. After admiring the red-brick façade of the Great Church, head inside to explore the vaulted interiors with their impressive stained glass windows and 19th-century organ. The highlight is a visit to the tower—climb the 288 steps to the top for a panoramic view over the city below. No longer used for church services, the Great Church often serves as a venue for classical music and organ concerts.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Great Church is a popular site for those interested in The Hague’s history and architecture.
  • Visits to the tower are by guided tour only; children under 12 are free.
  • Although the church itself is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible, the entrance to the tower is by stairs only.
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How to get there

The Great Church is located along Torenstraat in downtown The Hague. It’s easily reached on foot from central attractions such as the Binnenhof, about a 5-minute walk away. The closest tram stops are at the Grote Markt (Tram #14) or Den Haag (Tram #16).

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When to get there

The Great Church is only open to the public from May to September, and opening hours can be erratic, so it’s best to confirm in advance to avoid disappointment. Tours are typically held on weekends only and sometimes don’t go ahead as planned—book in advance if you have your heart set on visiting the tower.

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Historic Monuments of The Hague

Some of the historic monuments that you won’t want to miss in The Hague include the medieval Binnenhof, famously the world’s oldest house of parliament that is still in use. Nearby, the 17th-century Mauritshuis houses the city’s most prestigious art museum—where you can see Vermeer’s The Girl with a Pearl Earring—and the 20th-century neo-Renaissance Peace Palace is home to the International Court of Justice. Just outside the city, the beach resort of Scheveningen harbors another architectural gem, the lavish 19th-century Kurhaus which stands proud along the seafront and is now a luxury hotel.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Grote Kerk?
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What else should I know about attractions in The Hague?
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