National Churches Trust launches new resource

The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland
The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland. Credit: Historic Scotland

To coincide with English Tourism Week, National Churches Trust has launched Explore Churches, a new online resource dedicated to the UK’s many stunning abbeys, cathedrals and churches.

The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland
The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland. Credit: Historic Scotland

The UK has over 40,000 Christian places of worship, 10,000 of which are of medieval origin, so it is no surprise that the many abbeys, cathedrals and churches are often at the top of the must-visit list. English Tourism Week (25 March to 31 March) is an annual celebration of English tourism and the fantastic attractions throughout the country that visitors experience each year, and this resource aims to support and promote the beautiful collection of religious buildings dotted around the countryside, while helping visitors with an interactive country map, allowing searches based on location or by a particular feature such as stained glass windows, as well as providing important historical information.

The site, which currently has 1,300 churches to explore, provides all the inspiration you could ever need for a church tour of Britain, showcasing all the romantic churches, tidal island churches and medieval churches, and even churches that have featured on film and TV. Here are a few of our favourites:

St Andrew’s in Alfriston, East Sussex

St Andrew, Alfriston in East Sussex
St Andrew, Alfriston in East Sussex

St Michael the Archangel Church in Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire

St Michael the Archangel Church, Kirkby Malham, North Yorkshire
St Michael the Archangel Church, Kirkby Malham, North Yorkshire

The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland

Interior of The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland
Interior of The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland

Durham Cathedral, County Durham

Durham Cathedral, County Durham
Stunning Durham Cathedral, County Durham

St Mary & St Michael (Cartmel Priory) in Cumbria

Cartmel Priory in Cartmel, Cumbria
Cartmel Priory in Cartmel, Cumbria. Credit: Paul Lomas

St Michael’s in Cornhill, London

St Michael's in Cornhill, London
St Michael’s in Cornhill, London. Credit: David Iliff

Christchurch Priory, Christchurch, Dorset

Christchurch Priory in Christchurch, Dorset
Christchurch Priory in Christchurch, Dorset

Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland

Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland
Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland

Church of the Holy Rood, Empshott, Hampshire

Church of the Holy Rood Empshott, Hampshire
Church of the Holy Rood Empshott, Hampshire

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