Favourite churches

Welcome to favourite churches!

Discover the favourite churches of some of your favourite people.

Come on a journey through art, beauty, weddings, peace, cake, adventure and much more with us!

The National Churches Trust has asked well known people to reveal their favourite church. They are a celebration of some of our most loved and interesting places of worship. There is plenty to see and much history to be discovered.

Simply tap on each image to visit their favourite church on ExploreChurches.

My favourite church


Revd Lucy Winkett

'peace in a busy and diverse London'
St Mary, Newham, London is my favourite church.


Lord Lloyd Webber

'changed the whole pre-Raphaelite movement'
All Saints, Margaret Street, London is my favourite church.


Jilly Cooper CBE

'no newcomer to Bisley need feel lonely'
All Saints, Bisley, Gloucester is my favourite church.


Hugh Dennis

'a fantastic place of calm'
St Michael, Up Marden, Sussex is my favourite church.


Alex Polizzi

'where I spent every Sunday of my childhood'
Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London is my favourite church.


Giles Coren

'the parish church of the journalistic trade that I ply, a holy and peaceful place for memories'
St Bride, Fleet Street, London is my favourite church.


Joanna Lumley OBE

'the tiny, graceful spire rises like a dream'
St Bride, Fleet Street, London is my favourite church.


Revd Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

'a church crawler’s dream, having something from almost every period in English church history'
St Mary the Virgin, Wetherden, Suffolk is my favourite church.


James MacMillan

'I played the organ in the church as a teenager'
St John the Evangelist, Cumnock, Ayrshire is my favourite church.


Professor Michael Wood

'rich in memorials to our national and local history'
St Wilfrid, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire is my favourite church.


Diana Quick

'the community works hard for its preservation and restoration'
St Peter, Theberton with Eastbridge, Suffolk is my favourite church.


Huw Edwards

'one of the most significant religious buildings in Wales'
Capel Als Chapel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire is my favourite church.


Ian Hislop

'unassuming and remote'
St Issui, Patricio, Powys is my faourite church.


Dr Kate Williams

'feels so very ancient when you enter'
Heath Chapel, Heath, Shropshire is my favourite church.


Alain de Botton

'extraordinary for its humble beauty, simple faith, austerity and noble stoicism'
All Saints, Cockthorpe, Norfolk is my favourite church.


Rony Robinson

the last ever Norman church in all Derbyshire, jerry built in the 1920s'
All Saints, Totley, Yorkshire is my favourite church.


Ben Fogle

'a lovely little church in a picture postcard setting'
St Mary the Virgin, Fawley, Buckinghamshire is my favourite church.


Sir Michael Palin

'I was married here'
St Margaret of Antioch, Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire is my favourite church.


Thomas Allen

'a rare northern delight of Arts & Crafts'
St Andrew, Roker, Tyne & Wear is my favourite church.


Libby Purves OBE

'a beautiful, white bareness'
St Peter, Westleton, Suffolk is my favourite church.


Harry Mount

'scores a royal flush for us church bibbers, almost too much beauty to deal with'
St Andrew, Mells, Somerset is my favourite church.


Kirsty Wark

'a building that I associate with my sense of Scottishness'
Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire is my favourite church.


Brian Blessed

'contributed greatly to my happiness'
Methodist Church, Great Houghton, Yorkshire is my favourite church.

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