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Great days out

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Heavenly church cafes

A selection of some our favourite church cafes: we can assure you that there are many more excellent options for you to visit and many more excuses for cake, if you need one!

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Church of the week

St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield claims to be London’s oldest, in continuous use since 1143, and has featured in film and TV including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, and Sherlock Holmes

Upcoming events

25 Oct

Whitby, Yorkshire

Illuminated Abbey

Cast light on a dark history this Halloween! See Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again. Have your camera at the ready as you explore the gothic splendour of the ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow.

Sacred Somerset: Tour of churches in West Somerset and Exmoor, organised in partnership with the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Following a successful tour in 2017, we are doing it all again!

Join us at St James, Norton, Sheffield for our traditional Christmas Fair with stalls, including raffle, tombolas, crafts.

Refreshments available, including our wonderful hot pork sandwiches.

Inspire me

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Bill Bryson

Everybody loves Bill Bryson. His best selling travel books extol the glories of our country. Here he chooses 14 of his favourite churches, including Durham Cathedral, The Italian Chapel in Orkney and London’s St Martin’s in the Fields.

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Deeds not words

The church did not always have an easy relationship with women's suffrage, and some churches actually became a target for radical suffragette action. Today, however, many are rightly proud of their links to the women who have made such a difference to our society.

ExploreChurches is by the National Churches Trust for people who love church buildings