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.
Cooling, St James Church Cooling, Kent, England A remote church thought to be the inspiration for a scene in Charles' Dickens work, Great Expectations. St James stands in an isolated spot on the edge of a marsh south of the Thames estuary. ... 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 >>