Experience a spiritual side to Bournemouth's history

Bournemouth, Dorset

Visit St. Peter's Church for the stunning architecture, the famous final resting places or simply the atmosphere.

George Edmund Street was an Essex boy, and became famous for creating the Royal Courts of Justice on London's Strand. But before that the Victorian Gothic revival master designed St. Peter's Church, a mysterious icon of Bournemouth's rich history. Finished in 1879 the church now stands between the bars and clubs in the city centre.

But there's more to St. Peter's than that, and the spirituality it retains as a fully working church. In fact you might find it strange that in its graveyard lies a novelist whose work poked at the occult, Mary Shelley. In keeping with the dark theme of her most famous novel, Frankenstein, the heart of Shelley's husband Percy Bysshe Shelley is also interned at St. Peter's.

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Inside St Peter's ChurchSt Peter's Church in Bournemouth © Visit Bournemouth
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