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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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

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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

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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

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Investigate The Most Noble Order of the Garter in Windsor

Investigate The Most Noble Order of the Garter in Windsor

The Knights of the Garter, the most senior and oldest British order of Chivalry, has its colourful and historical base at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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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

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Cambridge evensong

Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Romance at Peckforton Castle and Combermere Abbey

Romance at Peckforton Castle and Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey and Peckforton Castle make for a romantic trip you’ll never forget.

Location: Nantwich, Cheshire

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Murder in the cathedral

Murder in the cathedral

Visit one of England's most beautiful cities - and the site of one of its most famous murders

Location: Canterbury, Kent

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Uncover the story of Sheffield’s two Cathedrals

Uncover the story of Sheffield’s two Cathedrals

Hidden behind their austere facades are the intricacies of these storytelling buildings of symbolism, ceremony and life in the city.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Visit one of the finest Norman cathedrals in Europe

Visit one of the finest Norman cathedrals in Europe

Explore Peterborough Cathedral, its exquisite architecture and the resting place of Henry VIII’s first Queen, Katharine of Aragon.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Find each of the Norwich 12

Find each of the Norwich 12

The Norwich 12 is an exciting collection of historically and architecturally rich buildings spanning 1,000 years of history in Norwich.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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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

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Witness a church left over from a ghost village

Witness a church left over from a ghost village

St Giles' Church is a lovely 13th century church standing in rolling downland deep inside the military training area of Salisbury Plain.

Location: Imber, Wiltshire

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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

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Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery offers an inspiring mix of the very old and the very now and is just one of many cultural delights in Shrewsbury.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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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

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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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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

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Step Inside Lancashire's Historic Houses

Step Inside Lancashire's Historic Houses

Uncover Lancashire’s turbulent religious history via ghostly tales, priest holes, sacred relics, castle cells and holy buildings.

Location: Lancashire

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Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey and follow in the footsteps of Cadfael, the monastic sleuth, where the books and TV series were set.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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