LincolnshireHEMINGBYStMargaret(explorechurches.org)1

Inspire me

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.

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NottinghamshireCLARBOROUGHStJohnBaptist(matfascoineCC-BY-SA2.0)1

Pilgrims heartland

One journey links four nations, spans 400 years of history and connects millions of people. Discover the origins of the Separatists, through five leading passengers on the Mayflower in 1620.

13 churches

CityofGlasgowGORBELSBlessedJohnDunsScotus(wellcomecollectionCC-BY-SA4.0)1

Love

Spread the love and spoil your beloved. We’ve got fascinating, unique and beautiful places to share. St Valentine, St Dwynwen and St Raphael all link love and lovely churches. Our churches host weddings, with all the traditions and rites we adore. And there are the romantic poets, buried beneath their floors and grassy churchyards. There are so many reasons to #lovechurches but what are yours?

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GreaterLondonSTJAMESChapelRoyal(royalcollectionPUBLICDOMAIN)1

Royal weddings

Happy and glorious churches and cathedrals across the UK have hosted royal weddings through history. Here we take a peek inside.

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SussexSEDLESCOMBEStJohnBaptist(patrickroperCC-BY-2.0)2

Vineyard churches

Like looking for a magnificent church, if you’re seeking a decent bottle of vino, you don’t have to look far! With vineyards set in gorgeous countryside across the country, it’s easy to combine discovering great architecture and social heritage with a tastebud tingling tasting session.

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GreaterLondonSOHONotreDameFrance(diliffCC-BY-SA3.0)1

European churches

As one of the biggest and most visited cities in the world, many European communities have built or use churches in the London (and across the UK). Multicultural, blending the most diverse languages, traditions and cultures, London is home to many. If you’re visiting from Europe, there’s a little bit of home here.

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LISTCharlesDickens(PUBLICDOMAIN)1

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens created some of the world's best loved fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Born in Portsmouth in 1812, Dickens was one of six children. The family fell into debt, and whilst his family were in Marshalsea debtors prison Dickens worked to reduce the debt. These experiences inspired many of his novels.

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LISTQueenVictoria(royalcollectionPUBLICDOMAIN)1

Queen Victoria

Warm hearted and lively Victoria is one of history’s most celebrated monarchs. She became Queen at just 18 and reigned for almost 64 years. Queen Victoria is associated with Britain's great age of industrial expansion, economic progress and empire. At her death, it was said, Britain had a worldwide empire on which the sun never set.

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CornwallGUNWALLOEStWinwalloe(nilfanionCC-BY-SA3.0)2

Blue Monday

Let's fill our Blue Monday with beauty and explore some of the gorgeousness that this deep, sultry, and serene colour has to offer.

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GreaterLondonHOLBORNStEtheldreda(davidiliffCC-BY-SA3.0)1

Twelve days

The Twelve Days of Christmas was first published as a rhyme in 1780, with the tune coming from an arrangement of a traditional folk song in 1909. All together now! On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

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NorthumberlandHEXHAMHexhamAbbey(ozimanndias8CC-BY-2.0)1

Oldest churches

The building of churches, whether for monasteries or public use, was an early sign of the growing influence of Christianity. What is astounding is how many elements of these earliest buildings survive today. This list includes churches where ancient fabric dates from pre AD800, and all are still being used.

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