Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

Man’s symbols of faith, from monasteries and churches to mosques, synagogues and temples, are part of the English landscape and offer oases of quiet contemplation, and intrigue. Centuries of history are beneath your feet and before your eyes at stone circles, crumbling abbey ruins, medieval chapels, ancient monoliths, holy wells and chambered tombs. Trace the history of our society through our holy places. Most were at one time the focal point of their community, be it a bustling city or a tiny rural village.

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

Man’s symbols of faith, from monasteries and churches to mosques, synagogues and temples, are part of the English landscape and offer oases of quiet contemplation, and intrigue. Centuries of history are beneath your feet and before your eyes at stone circles, crumbling abbey ruins, medieval chapels, ancient monoliths, holy wells and chambered tombs. Trace the history of our society through our holy places. Most were at one time the focal point of their community, be it a bustling city or a tiny rural village.

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Join the Knights Templar in the original Temple Church

Join the Knights Templar in the original Temple Church

Enter the English headquarters of the Knights Templar in the 13th Century and immerse yourself in its varied history.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Take your seat at one of the oak reading desks and lose yourself in an ancient manuscript dating from the 15th century.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Discover Suffolk’s Towers and Spires on a free cycling tour

Discover Suffolk’s Towers and Spires on a free cycling tour

Spend a cycling holiday in the Suffolk’s unspoilt countryside. You won’t travel far without seeing a soaring tower or spire of an ancient church.

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

 
Discover the home of modern day liberty and democracy

Discover the home of modern day liberty and democracy

Worcestershire has had a fair few battles fought in the name of freedom on its soil, as well as the infamous King John buried in Worcester Cathedral.

Location: Worcester and Evesham, Worcestershire

 
Tour the tower of Lincoln Cathedral

Tour the tower of Lincoln Cathedral

For 300 years Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building in the world. Take a tour of the iconic building for an unforgettable experience.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Peel back 900 years of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site of majestic monastic ruins, water gardens and medieval deer park.

Location: Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

 
Ascend Liverpool Cathedral on a tower tour

Ascend Liverpool Cathedral on a tower tour

The Anglican Cathedral dominates Liverpool’s skyline. Marvel at the inside of the great building and climb up its tower for spectacular views.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Walk the historic Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail

Walk the historic Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail

Enjoy a cultural day out in the country walking the trail from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys' Church in Sleaford.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Discover 600 years of history along Bristol’s Park Street

Discover 600 years of history along Bristol’s Park Street

Stroll Bristol's iconic Park Street and unearth the city’s history, including the university where Winston Churchill was once Chancellor.

Location: Bristol

 
Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East

Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East

Relax in the grounds of this historic church, and enjoy the gardens growing through the ruins.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval monks chose a serene valley in the North York Moors National Park to establish an abbey that became the richest and most powerful in England.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 
Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Discover why notorious romantic poet Lord Byron was 'mad, bad and dangerous to know', with a sumptuous stay at his former home.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Soak up the view from on top of a medieval minster

Soak up the view from on top of a medieval minster

Climb the steps of Beverley Minster to the roofline for a unique perspective on this fascinating building, held by many as a gothic masterpiece.

Location: Beverley, East Yorkshire

 
Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Take the time to admire the beauty of Wren's St Brides Church, both inside and out.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Climb higher than the peregrines at Derby Cathedral

Climb higher than the peregrines at Derby Cathedral

Put your best foot forward and upward and head for the dizzy heights of Derby Cathedral tower.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 
Marvel at Glastonbury Abbey

Marvel at Glastonbury Abbey

Discover ancient sites and the enchanting myths and legends of King Arthur in the heart of Somerset.

Location: Glastonbury, Somerset

 
Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

A visit to history-rich and beautiful Lindisfarne, cut off twice daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides, is an adventure not to miss.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

 
Discover St Andrew’s Minister Church

Discover St Andrew’s Minister Church

Take a walk around St Andrew’s Minister Church, the largest parish church in Devon and a place of worship for 1,200 years

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Take afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey

Take afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey

Enjoy afternoon or a cream tea, a great English tradition, in the beautiful surroundings of Coombe Abbey, near Coventry.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

 
Discover murder, marvels and mojitos in Canterbury

Discover murder, marvels and mojitos in Canterbury

Explore the vibrant city of Canterbury, with its intriguing mix of dramatic history and cosmopolitan culture.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

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