There is nothing that evokes a sense of heritage more than the parish churches of Britain. These historic treasures range from fabulous cathedrals, some of the most elaborate and effusive examples of medieval architecture, to isolated country churches, slumbering away the years amid quiet lanes and hedgerows. I love visiting the historic churches of Britain, and I hope that you will, too. Most of the churches in our gazetteer are those I have visited personally. Where possible I have included opening information and directions. Follow the links on this page to find more resources for church tourism and to learn more about historic church architecture and history.
Selborne, St Mary's Church Selborne, Hampshire, England A church with a royal heritage (maybe), St Mary's stands on a rise of ground a short stroll from famed naturalist Gilbert White's house in the pretty Hampshire village of Selborne. The church was built around 1180 on the site of an earlier Saxon building. According to tradition the land where the church stands was granted by Edith, wife of the Saxon king Edward the Confessor in 1049. The Domesday Book of 1086 records an existing church, but this was almost completely swept away when the current building was erected … ... more
National and regional societies, charities, histories, and suggested regional resources
County Church Trusts Many British counties and regions have a trust that cares for historic churches. This can be a great resource for finding interesting historic churches to visit. Here's a current list of county church trusts >>