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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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

 
Take tea in a crypt below Trafalgar Square in London

Take tea in a crypt below Trafalgar Square in London

Take a stroll through London's Trafalgar Square, then stop off at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church for a spot afternoon tea in the crypt.

Location: London

 
Step into the St Mary Redcliffe

Step into the St Mary Redcliffe

Standing for over 800 years , St Mary Redcliffe Church was described Queen Elizabeth I as 'The goodliest, fairest and most famous parish church in England'.

Location: Bristol

 
Explore the hidden depths of Ripon Cathedral

Explore the hidden depths of Ripon Cathedral

Dominating the Ripon skyline, this ancient cathedral has inspired more than one literary hero and has one of the oldest Saxon crypts in the country.

Location: Ripon, 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

 
Explore Westminster Abbey- the coronation church of England

Explore Westminster Abbey- the coronation church of England

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history.

Location: Westminster, Greater London

 
Immerse yourself in the history of Bristol Cathedral

Immerse yourself in the history of Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral, filming location of BBC series Wolf Hall, is a beautiful religious landmark that makes for the perfect inspirational break.

Location: Bristol

 
Experience life as a pilgrim at Winchester Cathedral

Experience life as a pilgrim at Winchester Cathedral

How does it feel to crawl on your knees up the big stone steps in Winchester Cathedral, just as the pilgrims did on their way to St Swithun’s Shrine?

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Marvel at the great dome at St Paul's Cathedral

Marvel at the great dome at St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks. Step inside and enjoy the cathedral's awe-inspiring interior.

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

 
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

 
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

 
Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Experience the spine-tingling echoes of the choristers, acclaimed as being one of the best cathedral choirs in Britain, as they sing evensong.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to life via a number of locations across the UK, one of which was the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral.

Location: Durham City, Durham

 
Discover a hidden gem in the heart of Warwickshire

Discover a hidden gem in the heart of Warwickshire

Come and visit Stoneleigh Abbey - a medieval masterpiece buried deep in the village of the same name.

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

 
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

 
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

 
Discover outdoor art and indoor crafts at Rufford Abbey

Discover outdoor art and indoor crafts at Rufford Abbey

Picturesque and historic Rufford Abbey is located in 150 acres of stunning parkland, woodland and gardens in North Nottinghamshire’s Dukeries region.

Location: Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

 
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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