Join us on our exploration of sacred Wales.
Ymunwch â ni wrth i ni archwilio Cymru sanctaidd.
ExploreChurches offer hundreds of interesting days out visiting some of the best church heritage in the UK.
Art, architecture, walking, cream teas, climbing, sculpture, local history, cycling, letterpress design, labyrinths, stained glass, finding a quiet space, stepping back in time, beer, embroidery and Doctor Who.
Churches, chapels and meeting houses are 'treasure houses' of heritage, history and community. They may contain ancient carvings both in stone and timber, traces of wall paintings, green men, wonderful roof bosses, gargoyles and dripstone heads, tombs and monuments, stained glass and more. Very few ancient sites are built in the style of one architectural period, and their history can be traced through the jigsaw of architectural styles. Churchyards are a veritable ‘who's who' of the area. In addition, they are also keepers of traditions and rites that have been practised for generations.
Churches show the evolution of British culture, local heritage, family history and tales of human events and achievements, embellished with architecture, art and craftsmanship.
Whatever your passion, we can help you feed it!
Discover Cheshire's church history with its villages of black and white half timbered cottages, Chester Cathedral and towns brimming with an Industrial Revolution heritage.
Cumbria has a history of invasion and settlement; the Romans, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Normans and Border Rievers have each left their story in it's church buildings.
Cornwall’s churches are rarely simple buildings nestling into the landscape, they are assertive structures with heaven thrusting spires or towers.
In all corners of Devon, not only will you find quaint villages and exquisite cream teas, you’ll also find tremendous examples of history.
Take a weekend break and visit a county rich in pilgrim trails, with over 1,400 years of church history to explore.
In regency spa and market towns, close to stately homes and set in rolling, green landscapes, Gloucestershire's churches truly are glorious.
Visit Lincolnshire to experience a rich heritage hidden in over 700 churches.
It comes as little surprise that the oldest buildings in Greater Manchester are all churches.
Known as the county of Spires and Squires for centuries, Northamptonshire is crammed with magnificent churches and great country houses.
Noted for its myths and legends, Nottinghamshire's past is woven around its abundance of magnificent medieval churches.
A county noted for its chocolate box churches, tall square towers and a handful of Somerset hunky punks.
History in Wiltshire is not just ancient, come today and you can walk through time.
by Sarah Crossland
The UK has just over 40 tidal islands, some large, many very small.
The best are home to unique churches and chapels, often with monastic beginnings and built for peace and tranquillity.
by Linda Patrick
A murder that shook the Middle Ages took place on 29th December 1170. Find out more.
by Elena Curti
It’s amazing how a chat with a colleague over coffee can spark an idea. That is how I came to write my book, Fifty Catholic Churches to See Before You Die.
by Caroline Welch
Wales is said to be the castle capital of the world, with more castles per square mile than any other country. But what many people don’t know is that our churches are even older than our castles.
by Margaret Bailey
The deliberate simplicity of a Friends Meeting House. They are an escape from the hustle and bustle.
by Bill Nicholls
I think if any one asked me why I liked visiting churches, I would not be able to put a finger on it. But there was always a draw for me.
by Caroline Welch
What is it about the wild and mysterious landscape of Wales?
Beth yw hynodrwydd tirwedd wyllt a diamgyffred Cymru?
by CB Newham
January 2020 marked 23 years since I started visiting churches with the aim of recording them photographically.
by Caroline Welch
It is the most important day in the Welsh calendar, but who was Dewi Sant?
Dyma'r diwrnod pwysicaf yng nghalendr Cymru, ond pwy oedd Dewi Sant?
Hawksmoor was responsible for six new churches in London, they are his best known independent works of architecture. Each different, each is unique.
One of Britain's most distinguished architects, best known for the design of many London churches, including St Paul's Cathedral.
The great cathedrals of the world represent one of humanity's most glorious architectural and artistic achievements. They are truly wonderful places to visit.
2020 is the 125th anniversary of the National Trust, which cares for a variety of unique churches and chapels.
Head out on a crisp day to explore frosty landscapes and enjoy beautiful displays; lots of churchyards have swathes of snowdrops!
We are working with The Arts Society to add their wonderful children's to our church pages. The number will grow over coming months, but here is a page with all the trails online so far.
After months of school work on your kitchen table, you deserve a break.
Each week of the summer holidays we will create a new page of fun things to do in a church or churchyard, or from home.
Whatever your passion; art, wildlife, sculpture, family history, architecture, walking, rock climbing, searching out the most perfect cream tea or even just finding somewhere quiet to sit and read a book. These are all things you can do in church buildings around the UK.
Here you will find themes to inspire and trails to follow.
Let us know which UK church, chapel, meeting house, cathedral, monastery, or abbey is your favourite. We'll add them to our map!
Welcome to our favourite churches! Every member of the team here at National Churches Trust has chosen their favourite church.
Discover the favourite churches of some of your favourite people.
Everybody loves Bill Bryson. 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.
2020 is the 400th anniversary of the departure of the Mayflower, with lots of events and activities to enjoy!
All churches, chapels and meeting houses have gone through stages of building and development over time. Discover how to spot these architectural details, and step back in time with us to see how a typical parish church might have looked at various points in its life.
Churches are literally 'treasure houses' of history. Learn what to look for, discover the meaning behind objects and architectural features and uncover their historical significance.
Take lots, all about light, clutter check, chop check, set focus and exposure, get closer, hold steady, hold straight, avoid flash.
Rule of thirds, leading lines, flat lays, foreground interest, frames in the environment, reflections, birds eye view, worms eye view, symmetry.
Faces, seasons, natural wonders, one detail, minimal, hints and intrigue, golden hour, children, animals, your people, candid, panoramics.
Importance of video, landscape is king, power, hold steady, sound, straighten up, lighting, focus, exposure, background, takes, copyright, model release.
Audience, aims, storyboard, script, varying the shot, rule of thirds, cutaways, using text, subtitles, timelapse, slow motion, narration.
Transferring files, video editing, iMovie, YouTube, Facebook, Facebook live, Instagram, optimising for search, #explorechurches, sharing, QR codes, play in church.