National Trust

2020 is the 125th anniversary of the National Trust.

The National Trust has a variety of unique churches and chapels. From a world famous chapel to a medieval church on a rocky island, there are plenty of spiritual spaces to explore. Other National Trust places are also neighbours to amazing churches and chapels across England and Wales.

Every church has a story to tell, why not discover them here!

National Trust chapels & churches


Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey is packed with history, starting first as an abbey and nunnery, then became a Tudor family home.


Monksthorpe Chapel

Built in a time of dissent and persecution, this unique secluded chapel was designed to look like a farmyard barn in order to avoid being discovered.


Canons Ashby

Sitting on top of the hill, just across the road from Canons Ashby House, this church is looked after by the National Trust, it is a fragment of the west end of the nave of the Augustinian Priory founded around 1150.


St Michael's Mount

The abbey is a spectacular sight, perched on a rocky hill and surrounded by blue waters, at low tide, the Mount is approached by a historic stone causeway, used by pilgrims in the Middle Ages.


Fountains Abbey

In 1132, 13 monks came here to start a simpler life. Over 400 years later, when Henry VIII demanded the closure of the Abbey, the monks left behind the most complete Cistercian abbey remains in the country.


Buckingham Chantry Chapel

Tucked away in a cosy corner of the market square, discover the oldest building in Buckingham. It’s had many uses and today it’s a thriving second hand bookshop and coffee shop.


Keld Chapel

This picturesque and rustic stone chapel is thought to have been the chantry for Shap Abbey originally. It was built around the 16th century and has been used as a cottage and meeting house during its long history.


Sandham Memorial Chapel

This modest red brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure; an epic series of large scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer.


Buckland Abbey

When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the fate of the country.


Hailes Abbey

Once a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1246 by Richard of Cornwall and dissolved Christmas Eve 1539.

National Trust neighbours


St Hywyn, Aberdaron

Aberdaron was the principal setting out place for pilgrims going to Bardsey Island, so was very busy in medieval times.


St Hydroc, Lanhydrock

St Hydroc is situated adjacent to Lanhydrock House, the major National Trust property in Cornwall and it contains the monuments and burials of the Estate families.


Holy Trinity, Tattershall

Sharing the limelight with Tattershall Castle is Lincolnshire's grandest Perpendicular church, a collegiate foundation of the mid 15th century.

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