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Sacred Wales

The sacred landscape of Wales is a secret known only to a few. This living work of art, entwined with history, culture and mythology has the power to inspire the mind and soothe the soul.

Our amazing ancient churches and chapels have sat quietly in the background for centuries; their stories hidden deep within, their features and fittings understood only by a few, their immense age, their power to excite the mind, buried deep.

Discover remarkable sacred spaces; decode their art and architecture, reveal their hidden histories and take inspiring journeys of discovery around the new Wales Way.

Find and explore the churches with us, enjoy bookable experiences and meaningful tours to excite the mind and stir the soul, around the forgotten corners of this ancient land.    

Join us on our exploration of sacred Wales.

Every church has a story to tell.

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The Wales Way

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The Coastal Way

The breath taking coastal landscape of Wales has held allure for pilgrims, poets and travellers for millennia. Hundreds of ancient atmospheric Welsh churches are sited within a stones throw from, and even occasionally on, the beach, promontory or headland. Your journey will lead you through some of the most awe inspiring landscapes in the world.

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The North Wales Way

Taking you to some of the finest sacred places in Wales, where impressive medieval churches with rich art and architecture abound. But, in some of the remotest spots you’ll be transported to another place entirely. From the mountainous wilds to a church cut off by the high tide. Stunning landscapes and little known pilgrim churches brimming with atmosphere.

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The Cambrian Way

From Cardiff to the Great Orme; take the back roads down the mountainous spine of Wales. Timeless simple out of the way chapels and picturesque town churches with a warm welcome, travel to the oldest unaltered non conformist place of worship in Wales, admire medieval glass and angel roofs, and be wowed by Arts & Crafts splendour and bold modern art.

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Caru dy gymydog

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.

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Edge of the world

There is always something magical about visiting a tidal island church. The incredible rhythm, the ebb and flow of the sea, means these shape shifting islands are other worldly, mysterious.

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Tirweddau hudol

What is it about the wild and mysterious landscape of Wales; and the ancient churches you stumble across, every few miles, which seem so intimately connected with it?

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Dewi Sant

It is the most important day in the Welsh calendar to celebrate our culture and heritage, but who was Dewi Sant?

Wales on our map

Search our map for beautiful churches and chapels to visit and wonderful stories to discover.

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St Govan Chapel, Bosherston

This is a place to connect with the ancients and the elemental; a medieval pilgrimage chapel in a dramatic setting, perched on a cliff face above the Atlantic sea, approached down a flight of worn stone steps.

Our friends

The project is supported by the National Churches Trust, the church buildings support charity, and managed by NCT Heritage Services Ltd in partnership with Visit Wales, the Church in Wales, Addoldai Cymru, Friends of Friendless Churches and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Experiencing Sacred Wales aims to attract UK and international visitors to visit the wonderful sacred heritage of Wales, particularly those along the The Wales Way.

This project has received funding via the Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) and supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors.

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