About the study:
Churches were analysed across eight different categories; interiors, stained glass, churchyards, atmosphere, wildlife, national history, monuments and social history. The counties that are home to the highest percentage of churches in each of these categories are revealed to provide hotspots for church tourism. Visitor facilities were also examined to determine, for the first time, the county that has the highest percentage of ‘five star' churches, and therefore offering the best overall visitor experience.
We looked at all 2000+ churches across 77 counties. The data shows what is special about church heritage in different regions and puts our churches firmly on the map as major tourist attractions.
Only counties that have 26 or more churches (the national average for the number of churches per county) have been included in the final study to ensure a fair and comparable analysis. These include: Cumbria, Greater London, Shropshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Hampshire, Cornwall, Somerset, Sussex, Herefordshire, Cambridgeshire, Surrey, Kent, Dorset, Yorkshire, Devon, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Essex, Gloucestershire, Suffolk and Greater Manchester.