While the term 'best' is debateable, we've sorted through over 1000 churches in our database, many of which we have personally visited, and awarded them Heritage Ratings. Those churches awarded the top award of Heritage Rating are shown here. That's not to suggest for a moment that other churches aren't well worth visiting - they are - but these 100-odd churches rise above the others in terms of offering great historic interest.

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England

Berkshire
Shottesbrooke, St John's Church, Shottesbrooke
Sonning, St Andrew's Church, Sonning
St George's Chapel, Windsor

Bristol
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Bristol

Buckinghamshire
Chenies, St Michael's Church, Chenies
Clifton Reynes, St Mary's Church, Clifton Reyne
Hillesden, All Saints, Hillesden
Hughenden, St Michael and All Angels, Hughenden
Little Kimble, All Saints Church, Little Kimble
Middle Claydon, All Saints, Middle Claydon
Penn, Holy Trinity Church, Penn
Stewkley, St Michael's Church, Stewkley
Wing, All Saints, Wing

Cambridgeshire
Burwell, St Mary's Church, Burwell
Ely Cathedral, Ely
Ickleton, St Mary's Church, Ickleton
Isleham, St Andrew's Church, Isleham
King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Kingston, All Saints and St Andrew, Kingston
March, St Wendreda's Church, March
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough
St Bene't's (St Benedicts), Cambridge, Cambridge
Trumpington, St Mary & St Michael, Trumpington
Willingham, St Mary's Church, Willingham

Cornwall
Altarnun, St Nonna's Church, Altarnun
St Germans Priory Church, St Germans
St Neot Church, St Neot

County Durham
Durham Cathedral, Durham
Escomb Saxon Church, Escomb

Cumbria
Bridekirk, St Bridget's Church, Bridekirk
Gosforth, St Mary's Church, Gosforth
St Bees Priory Church, St Bees

Derbyshire
Kedleston, All Saints Church, Kedleston

Dorset
Sherborne Abbey Church, Sherborne

East Sussex
Bodiam, St Giles Church, Bodiam

Gloucestershire
Deerhurst Priory Saxon church, Deerhurst
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury

Greater London
Little Stanmore, St Lawrence Church, London
St Paul's Cathedral, London
Temple Church, London
Westminster Abbey, London

Hampshire
Romsey Abbey, Romsey
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

Herefordshire
Brinsop, St George's Church, Brinsop
Castle Frome, St Michael's Church, Castle Frome
Eardisley, St Mary Magdalene Church, Eardisley
Kilpeck Church, Kilpeck
Madley Church, Madley
Rowlstone, St Peter's Church, Rowlstone
Shobdon, St John Church, Shobdon
St Margaret's Church, St Margarets

Kent
Barfreston, St Nicholas Church, Barfreston
Benenden, St George's Church, Benenden
Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury
Canterbury, St Martin, Canterbury
Canterbury, St Mildred Church, Canterbury
Chilham, St Mary, Chilham
Ewhurst Green, St James the Great, Ewhurst Green
Fordwich, St Mary, Fordwich
Goudhurst, St Mary, Goudhurst
Ightham, St Peter, Ightham
Newenden, St Peter, Newenden
Rolvenden, St Mary the Virgin, Rolvenden
Smarden, St Michael the Archangel, Smarden
Tenterden, St Mildred, Tenterden

Leicestershire
Leicester Cathedral, Leicester
Leicester, St Nicholas Church, Leicester

Lincolnshire
Barton upon Humber, St Peters Church, Barton upon Humber
Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln

Norfolk
Cawston, St Agnes Church, Cawston
Norwich Cathedral, Norwich
Ranworth, St Helen's Church, Ranworth
Salle, St Peter & St Paul Church, Salle
Sandringham, St Mary Magdalene Church, Norfolk
Wiggenhall, St Mary's Church, Wiggenhall

Northamptonshire
Brixworth, All Saints Church, Brixworth
Wakerley, St John's Church, Wakerley

Northumberland
Bywell, St Andrew's Church, Bywell

Oxfordshire
Black Bourton, St Mary's, Black Bourton
Buckland, St Mary, Buckland
Childrey, St Mary's Church, Childrey
Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames
Faringdon, All Saints Church, Faringdon
Stanford in the Vale, St Denys, Stanford in the Vale

Rutland
Exton Church, Exton
Stoke Dry, St Andrew's Church, Stoke Dry
Tickencote, St Peter's Church, Tickencote

Shropshire
Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury
Wroxeter, St Andrew's Church, Wroxeter

Somerset
Wells Cathedral, Wells

Suffolk
Blythburgh, Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh
Thornham Parva, St Mary's Church, Thornham Parva
Ufford, St Mary of the Assumption Church, Ufford

Warwickshire
Billesley, All Saints Church, Billesley
Wootton Wawen, St Peter's Church, Wootton Wawen

West Midlands
Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

Wiltshire
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury

Worcestershire
Croome d'Abitot, St Mary's Church, Croome d'Abitot
Worcester Cathedral, Worcester

Yorkshire
Barton-le-Street, St Michael's Church, Barton-le-Street
Beverley Minster, Beverley
Beverley, St Mary's Church, Beverley
Harewood, All Saints, Harewood
Patrington, St Patrick's Church, Patrington
Stanwick. St John's Church, Stanwick
York Minster, York



Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway
Ruthwell Cross, Ruthwell

Fife
St Andrews Cathedral and St Rule's Tower, St Andrews

Highlands and Islands
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

Lothian
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Strathclyde
Cill Chaitriona, Balnahard
Kildalton Cross, Kildalton



Wales

Clwyd
St Asaph Cathedral, St Asaph

Dyfed
St David's Cathedral, St Davids

Glamorgan
Llandaff Cathedral, Llandaff