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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Enjoy church tours and scrumptious meals on a foodie church break

Enjoy church tours and scrumptious meals on a foodie church break

Explore Wiltshire in a different way on a Saints and Sinners Tour combining historic churches with mouth-watering food and drink.

Location: Wiltshire

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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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Experience a spiritual side to Bournemouth's history

Experience a spiritual side to Bournemouth's history

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

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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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

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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

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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

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Marvel at Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Marvel at Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Be awestruck by Durham Cathedral and Castle, take a relaxing stroll on the banks of the River Wear, and soak up a city as beautiful as it is historic.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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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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The father of the Chinese Methodist Church

The father of the Chinese Methodist Church

Leading international missionary Reverend George Piercy spent most of his life in China but his important journey began and ended in Pickering.

Location: Lockton, nr Pickering, North Yorkshire

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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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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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Find out about heretics, halls and hallowed ground

Find out about heretics, halls and hallowed ground

Uncover Lancashire’s turbulent religious history at stately homes, temples, cathedrals and holy buildings.

Location: Lancashire

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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

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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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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 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

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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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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

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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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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

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