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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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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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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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Nursery rhymes

From lullabies to drinking songs and proverbs to plague, rhyming ditties for children take many forms. From a variety of sources, including traditional riddles, proverbs, ballads, lines of Mummers plays, drinking songs and historical events. If you dig a little deeper they might also reference plague, medieval taxes, religious persecution, prostitution!

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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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PembrokeshireBOSHERTONStGovanChapel(davidskinnerCC-BY2.0)1

Smallest churches

We appreciate the little churches in life. Church buildings come in many varieties, from old to new, urban to rural, and big to small. Here is a beautiful selection of the smallest churches in Britain.

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Christingle

Every year for the last 50 years, children and adults of all ages have come together to stick sweets on cocktail sticks, stick them in an orange, put a candle on top and gather together. This is Christingle.

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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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NottinghamshireCLARBOROUGHStJohnBaptist(matfascioneCC-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.

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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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