About us

ExploreChurches is the perfect place to discover a love for churches and to find out all the information you need to visit them.

Churches, chapels and meeting houses are 'treasure houses' of heritage, history and community. 

The potential for churches to attract visitors and for visits to be enjoyable and worthwhile is huge. The UK has a wonderful national collection of churches, chapels and meeting houses peppered across the countryside and nestling in our towns. Perhaps this is why visiting churches (both old and new) is one of the most popular pastimes in the country, and such sites also attract foreign visitors.

ExploreChurches is the perfect place to discover a love for churches and to find out all the information you need to visit them.

Brought to you by the National Churches Trust our aim is for this website to become the entry point for everyone wanting to visit a historic church, chapel or meeting house.

ExploreChurches is for people interested in heritage and history who may not have thought of visiting a church, as well as those who already know they love these incredible buildings. The UKs amazing churches, chapels and meeting houses are world leading heritage and ExploreChurches also helps churches become more sustainable visitor destinations by providing advice for people who manage church buildings on how best to attract visitors, including training for volunteers.

If you’d like to tell us what you think about ExploreChurches and how we can make it even better please email us.

Your ExploreChurches


For churches

Whether you are from one church or represent many, find out how to get involved in ExploreChurches and benefit from our church tourism training and support.



For tour operators

We are developing a new area of our website, which will bring you special experiences in sacred places across England, that you or your clients can’t find anywhere else.



Learn about our past, present and future tourism projects.



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For people who love church buildings

The National Churches Trust is the national, independent, charity dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK.

National Churches Trust

Your ExploreChurches team


Caroline Welch

Church Support Officer (Wales)
I ExploreChurches to discover places time forgot.
Dw'n archwilio eglwysi i ddarganfod y lleoedd sydd wedi'u hanghofio.

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