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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See Salisbury Cathedral by candlelight

See Salisbury Cathedral by candlelight

Witness Salisbury Cathedral being gradually lit up by candles during the Darkness to Light Advent Procession.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Travel back 2,000 years at Revealing York Minster

Travel back 2,000 years at Revealing York Minster

See, touch and hear two millennia of history at this big new interactive attraction in the grand Gothic cathedral’s Undercroft.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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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

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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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Cambridge evensong

Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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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

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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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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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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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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

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Take in breathtaking views of Salisbury

Take in breathtaking views of Salisbury

Discover one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals, and see the best preserved Magna Carta.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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 life as a monk at historic Whitby Abbey

Experience life as a monk at historic Whitby Abbey

Discover how over 2,000 years of history made Whitby Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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