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 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 Michael the Archangel Church in Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire
The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland
Durham Cathedral, County Durham
St Mary & St Michael (Cartmel Priory) in Cumbria
St Michael’s in Cornhill, London
Christchurch Priory, Christchurch, Dorset
Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland
Church of the Holy Rood, Empshott, Hampshire
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