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

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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Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Though bombed in the Second World War, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower remains a beautiful Grade I listed building bursting with City history.

Location: London, Greater London

 
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

 
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

 
Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Hear the story of the mischievous Imp that has been a symbol of Lincoln for centuries.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Experience 1000 years of history in Coventry

Experience 1000 years of history in Coventry

Explore the ruins of Coventry’s medieval cathedral and the contemporary cathedral with its unique 1950s and 1960s artworks.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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