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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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Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He rebuilt 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including what is regarded as his masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral, completed in 1710, and where he is buried.

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Simply the best

Looking for calm? Yearning for a slower pace and a place to feed your heart and soul? Indulge yourself in the simple things, the peaceful space of an off the beaten track church and churchyard cared for with a light touch by the Friends of Friendless Churches. They are all very remote and only one has a phone signal!

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Seaside specials

The UKs first seaside resorts developed in the 18th century for the aristocracy who frequented them for health and recreation. We have chosen ten of our favourite seaside getaways. All have delightful churches nestling in their narrow lanes, or braving the elements on windswept clifftops. All are woven into the fabric of the resort, all offer a retreat from the midday sun, all provide a place to relax and take time out and all have a story to tell.

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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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Medieval bridge chapels

Bridge chapels were mostly built during the 14th or 15th centuries, they were often chantry chapels where prayers were said for the souls of the founders and benefactors of the bridge and also provided a place for travellers and pilgrims to attend mass and pray for a safe journey. Today only a few survive and to visit one is like stepping back in time!

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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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London marathon

London is the world’s greatest marathon. The course starts in beautiful Greenwich Park and passes many famous London sights, including churches, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. The runners won’t have time to stop, but we hope you do.

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Hadrian’s wall

The Tyne Valley is known for its fine concentration of early churches, many built with stones recycled from the wall, arguably the best surviving concentration north of the Alps!

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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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Deeds not words

The church did not always have an easy relationship with women's suffrage, and some churches actually became a target for radical suffragette action. Today, however, many are rightly proud of their links to the women who have made such a difference to our society.

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