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Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Church Lane, Bourne
Tel. 0 1778 424 584 (church office)
Open: for services and daily
Dates from 1100s as monastic church; scheduled Grade I church; east window; bell tower; brass chandelier in centeer of nave; Victorian stained glass; memorial tablets
Web: Bourne Abbey Church

All Hallows by the Tower
London
Greater London
Byward Street, EC3R 5BJ (next to Tower of London)
Tel. 020 7481 2928
Open: daily throughout the day; services on Sunday; guided tours, 2-4pm, Mon-Fri; Taizé service 6pm every Wed
Oldest church in city of London; Grade I listed; brass rubbings 2-4pm, Mon-Sat (fee charged)
Web: All Hallows by the Tower

All Saints Church
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
Turkdean
Tel. NA
Open: may or may not be open; if locked check for notice in porch
In small village approached through avenue of beech trees; village church is Grade I listed; one of Cotswolds’ oldest; stone slate roof; architectural style a mix of several periods; north porch with stone slab seats; west end of nave 12th century; nave rebuilt late 15th century as was tower; bells date from before Reformation; refurbishment in 1800s and 1900s; rood screen is 20th century but similar to one here in middle ages; stained glass; graveyard

All Saints Church
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Icklingham
A1101 north-west of Bury to Mildenhall road
Open: locked but key holder notice on the church
Thatched church in care of Churches Conservation Trust; one of Suffolk’s grandest churches, now redundant; rebuilt in 14th and 15th centuries; rare medieval floor tiles

All Saints Church
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Main Rd, Elm
Tel. NA
Open: keyholder on church notice board
Grade I listed building in early Gothic style; early English tower and north doorway survive from 13th century flood; 14th and 15 century church added on; double hammerbeam roof with carved angels, dragons, flowers; tombs in churhyard

All Saints Church
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Church St, Holbeach
Tel. 0 1406 422 185
Open: for services; check when visiting otherwise
1290-1350 church in decorated style with Victorian restorations; exhibition tells story of Holbeach; tower with spire; 8 bells from 1770; closed church yard
Web: All Saints Holbeach

Arundel Cathedral
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Parsons Hill, Arundel, West Sussex
Tel. 0 1903 882 297
Open: 9am-6pm in summer; in winter until dusk; large number of services, daily
French gothic Catholic cathedral faced with Bath stone; large rose window
Web: Arundel Cathedral

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Babworth Church
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Off A620 Babworth, near Retford
Tel. 0 1777 713 749
Open: key availabe—see porch notice board
14th century church with Pilgrim father associations

Barnstaple Parish Church
Devon
South-west Counties
Paternoster Row, Barnstaple
Tel. 0 1271 344 589 (church office)
Open: during week and for services on Sun and other days and evenings
Anglo-Catholic church dates from 1107 but changed in following centuries; stone with timber framed lead spire; 17th century wall monuments; stained glass; decorated organ pipes and case; sundial; 8 bell tower; churchyard with Lady Chapel a separate building

Bath Abbey
Somerset
South-west Counties
Abbey Church Yard
12 Kingston Buildings
Bath
Tel. 01225 422 462
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun, 1-2.30pm and 4.30-5.30pm; Nov-March, Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun, 1-2.30pm and 4.30-5.30pm; Vaults Museum open Mon-Sat, 10am-3.30pm, year round; shop open Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm, April-Oct, Nov- March until 4.30pm; abbey sometimes closed for special services but notice posted on door or website
Historic Perpendicular English Gothic architecture church; completed in 1611 on site of several other attempts
Web: Bath Abbey

Battle of Hasting Battlefield and Abbey
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Battle, East Sussex
Tel. 01424 773792
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-end March, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property; site of 1066 battle between Normans under William the Conqueror and Saxons under king Harold; new visitor experience opened 2007 with interactive displays and film; ruined abbey, museum, AV battlefield tours; cafe serving local produce; special events in spring and summer; parking

Bayham Old Abbey
Kent
South-east Counties
Lamberhurst, Kent
Tel. 0 1892 890 381
Open: April-end Sep, 11am-5pm
English Heritage property; cloister and church ruins of 13th century premonstratensian white cannons abbey; two rooms in Georgian Gothick dower house open; small shop with coffee/tea; Horace Walpole was inspired by the site to write his novel, Castle of Ortranto, while staying here

Bedford St Paul's Church
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
St Paul's Square, Bedford
Tel. 0 1234 340163
Open: 10am-5pm; services daily at other times
14th-15th century church where, in 1758, Wesley preached from the stone pulpit; church has Saxon tower and Norman south door; fine stained glass; ring of 12 bells; 1811 clock; tower; Tue concerts at 1.10-2pm
Web: St Paul's Church Bedford

Beverley Minster
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1482 868 540
Open: for service times visit website; visitor times vary greatly according to day and month; please check website for full details
Church started 1220 and completed 1425; 16th century misericords; collection of medieval musician carvings in stone and wood; on site of monastery founded by bishop of York; shop
Web: Beverley Minster

Bewcastle Church and Cross
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Bewcastle
Tel. NA
Open: for services
Local history exhibition in building on grounds; 18th century rebuild of older 13th century church; 7th century Anglian cross shaft with runic inscriptons and carvings in churchyard

Binham Priory
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
North-west of Binham-on-Wells
Tel. 01328 830 362
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; remains of Benedictine priory are most complete in Norfolk; nave with 13 century west front now serves as parish church (managed by Binham Parochial Church Council

Bishop’s Palace and Gardens
Somerset
South-west Counties
Wells, on the A39
Tel. 0 1749 678 691; restaurant: 0 1749 679 494
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10.30am-6pm; mid Feb-end Feb, 10.30am-4pm
Medieval, moated palace, once private residence of Bishop of Bath and Wells; ruined great hall; chapel; gatehouse and drawbridge; 14 acres of grounds, gardens; outer garden has pool, picnic area and arboretum; undercroft restaurant and garden terrace; exhibition gallery
Web: Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

Bishop’s Waltham Palace
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Bishop’s Waltham
Tel. 01489 892460
Open: grounds and ruins, May-end Sep, Sun-Fri, 10am-5pm; farmhouse by request
English Heritage property; ruins of medieval palace used by bishops and senior clergy; exhibition about Winchester bishops in intact medieval farmhouse; parking

Blackburn Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Cathedral Close, Blackburn
Tel. 01254 503090
Open: daily, 1/2 hour before morning worship and closes after evensong, approximately 8.30am-6pm
Former parish church, now a cathedral; shop
Web: Blackburn Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin

Bolton Abbey Church
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Off A59 between Skipton and Harrogate, Wharfedale
Tel. 0 1756 718 009 (estate office—Mon-Fri)
Open: daily, year round, 8.30am-5pm in summer, until 4pm in winter
12th century priory ruins; nave intact and in use for church services; wall paintings, stonework; in Bolton Estate parkland; parking
Web: Bolton Abbey

Boxgrove Priory
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
The Street, Boxgrove, W Sussex
Tel. 0 1243 774 045
Open: daily, year round, 7.30am-dusk
Early English architecture; 16th century painted ceiling; Victorian stained glass; de la Warr chantry chapel; restored ruins of Benedictine monastery guesthouse; parking

Breedon on the Hill Priory Church
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Breedon on the Hill
Tel. 01530 411767
Open: 9.30am-4pm, but check first
12th Century church on summit of 400 ft limestone knoll; elaborate 16th century memorials and 8th century Saxon carvings.
Web: Breedon Church

Brinkburn Priory
Northumberland
North-east Counties
Long Framlington, Morpeth
4.5 miles south-east of Rothbury
off the B6344, 10 minute walk from car park
Tel. 01665 570628
Open: April-end Sep, Thu-Mon, 11am-4pm
English Heritage property; 12th century gothic style church of priory roofed and restored; parts of monastic buildings next to manor house; picnic area .5 mile

Buckfast Abbey
Devon
South-west Counties
Off the A38 Exeter to Plymouth Rd
Tel. 0 1364 645 500
Open: church, Sun, noon-6pm; Mon-Thu, 9am-6pm, Fri, 10am-6pm; shops and restaurant, same days; check website for various times
Working Benedictine abbey founded in Saxon times; after 1539 dissolution of monasteries was closed till 1889; raised on original foundations; church completed 1938 by four monks working 32 years; services open to public; tea-room; restaurant; exhibition on the abbey in church crypt; bookshop; shop; video presentation; modern stained glass windows in Blessed Sacrament chapel
Web: Buckfast Abbey

Buckingham Chantry Chapel
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Market Hill, Buckingham
Tel. 01280 822850
Open: by written appointment; contact Buckingham Heritage Trust, c/o Old Gaol Museum, Market Hill, Buckingham MK18 1JX; National Trust property; 15th century chapel, restored by Gilbert Scott in 1875

Buildwas Abbey
Shropshire
West Midlands
On south bank of river Severn
On the A4169, two miles west of Ironbridge
Tel. 01952 433274
Open: April-end Sep, Wed-Sun and BH Mon, 10am-5pm
English Heritage property; remains of Cistercian abbey and church built in 1135; parking; picnic area; plant sales; nature trail

Bury St Edmunds Abbey
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Bury St Edmunds, east end of town centre
Tel. 0 1284 764 667
Open: all year, daily, daylight hours
English Heritage property; extensive remains of wealthiest and most powerful Benedictine monastery in England; Norman tower and 14th century gatehouse, ruined church and precinct

Bushmead Priory
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Off the B660, 2 miles south of Bolnhurst
Tel. 01234 376614
Open May-end Aug, by pre-booked guided tours on first Sat of month only; to book phone 01525 860 000
English Heritage property; medieval refectory of Augustinian priory; almost intact timber framed roof; wall paintings and stained glass

Byland Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Wass, 2 miles south of the A170
Between Thirsk and Helmsley
Tel. 0 1347 868 614
Open: April-end June and Sep, Wed-Sun, 10am-6pm; July and Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-end March, weekends, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26, 28, 31 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; massive ruins of Cistercian abbey, home to 200 monks and lay brothers; long nave; original tiles; 13th century west front; museum with interpretation panels and archaeological finds; parking at Byland inn (owned by English Heritage, tel. 0 1347 868 204) across the road; picnic area
Web: Byland Abbey Inn

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Canterbury Cathedral
Kent
South-east Counties
Canterbury city centre
Tel. 01227 762862
Open: summer, weekdays, 9am-5.30pm; winter, weekdays until 5pm; crypt open weekdays 10am-5.30pm; Sun throughout year, 12.30-2.30pm; regular worship services; sometimes closed due to special events (listed on website under Visitor Information)
World heritage site; huge cathedral within walled precint that encloses medieval ruins and buildings; built on site of Saxon church; scene of murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170; largest chapter house in England has oak roof; nave with gilt roof bosses; medieval tombs; 11th century crypt; 12th and 13th century stained glass; shop
Website: Canterbury Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral
Cumbria
North-west Counties
City Centre, Carlisle
Tel. 0 1228 535 169
Open: all year, Mon-Sat, 7:30-6:15pm, 5pm on Sun
Cathedral built in 1102; "Christianity In Cumbria" exhibition in the Cathedral treasury; guided cathedral tours available; Prior's Kitchen Restaurant & Coffee Shop open Mon-Sat, 10-4pm; shop stocks Cumbrian made goods
Web: Carlisle Cathedral

Cartmel Priory Church
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Cavendish Street, Cartmel
Open: 9am - 5:30pm, until 3.30pm in winter, Mon – Sat; until 4.30pm on Sun; guided tours on Wed, April-end Sep, 11.00am and 2.00pm; phone to check if events being held
Augustinian priory of St Mary and St Michael founded in 1188; Sun and weekday services
For photos and details see our article Cartmel and its Priory Church
Web: Cartmel Priory Church

Castle Acre Priory
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Stocks Green
1/4 mile west of the village of Castle Acre
Tel. 01760 755 394
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-end March, Thu-Mon, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; extensive ruins of 12th century church and Cluniac priory; west end well preserved, prior’s house with traces of wall paintings; visitor centre with exhibition; herb garden; audio tour; parking

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
St Nicholas St, Newcastle
Tel. 0191 232 1939
Open: Mon-Fri, 7.30am-6.30pm; Sat, 8am-4pm; Sun, 07.30am - 7.15pm, closed Sun, noon-4m in winter months
Church on site as early as 1194; rebuilt and redesigned and added to several times; mostly survives with 15th century features; became a cathedral in 1882; 15th century spire and font; medieval glass roundel; one of the north of England’s largest organs; pre 15th century Flemish brass behind high altar
Web: St Nicholas Cathedral

Cathedral of the Peak
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Tideswell
Tel. not given
Open: not given, but usually daily; services on Sunday
Nickname of St John the Baptist church; cruciform church dates from 1300s; tombs, brasses, and carved pew ends

Chelmsford Cathedral
Essex
Eastern Counties
Cathedral Church of St Mary, St Peter, and St Cedd
New St, Chelmsford
Tel. 0 1245 294 480
Open: Mon-Sat, 8:15am-6pm, Sun 7:30am-12:30pm and 2-7pm
Small (by comparison to most cathedrals) 15th century building refurbished in the 1980s; shop; no parking
Web: Chelmsford Cathedral

Chester Cathedral
Cheshire
North-west Counties
12 Abbey Square, Chester
Tel. 01244 324 756
Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 12.30-4pm; may be closed for special events; phone to confirm; Sunday services
Begun as Benedictine abbey church; 13th century chapter house; restaurant; shop
Website: Chester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Chichester, West Sussex
Tel. 0 1243 782 595
Open: year round, daily, 7.15am-7pm (6pm in winter)
900 year old cathedral; shrine of St Richard; 12th century carved stone reliefs; 38 misericords dating from 1330; 14th century table tomb; stained glass windows; famous for modern art, including window by Marc Chagall; exhibitions, talks, concerts; treasury; guided tours; café; shop; disabled parking only
Web: Chichester Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Oxford, off St Aldates
On south side of Christ Church College
Tel. 01865 276 150; for behind the scenes tour book ahead at 01865 276492
Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-4.45pm (last admission 4.30pm); Sun 1-5pm; closed 25 Dec
12th century Norman church; first served as monastery church for Augustinian Canons; stained glass windows; memorials; chancel vault ceiling, built c 1500; shop
For full details and photos see our article at Christ Church Cathedral and College
Web: Christ Church Cathedral

Church of Holy Trinity
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
attershall (next to the castle just off A153)
Tel. not given
Open: for services; check otherwise when visiting
Parish church; 180 feet long; cruciform shape; completed 1500; four bays with clerestory; chancel with south door; original north porch and west door; stained glass east window; west tower; sedila; piscina; grave slab of famous Tom Thumb
Web: Church of Holy Trinity

Church of St Deny’s
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
East Gate, Sleaford
Tel. contacts on website
Open: 9am-dusk; services held
13th century Grade I listed church, added to in 15th, 18th and 19th centuries; Lady chapel; one of oldest broach spires in England; bell tower; altar rail designed by Sir Christopher Wren; two altar tombs; clerestory
Web: St Deny’s, Sleaford

Cleeve Abbey
Somerset
South-west Counties
Washford, near Watchet, south of the A39
Tel. 01984 640377
Open: April-end June and Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; July-Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, daily, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property; Cistercian abbey with complete and unchanged monastic cloister buildings; gatehouse, 15th century refectory; 13th century tiles; great dormitory; warming room; sacristry; exhibition; virtual tour; parking, picnic area; tea-room

Creake Abbey
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
One mile north of North Creake, off the B1355
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; ruins of medieval Augustinian abbey church

Croyland Abbey (Crowland Abbey)
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Crowland
Tel. 0 7761 549 865 to arrange tour
Open: 9am-dusk; services on Sun and Wed
Ruins of Benedictine abbey north aisle (used as parish church), 14th century west front; founded in 716; destroyed by Danes, rebuilt but destroyed by fire in 1091, rebuilt and again destroyed by fire in 1170; rebuilt; exhibition on the abbey in the church
Web: Croyland Abbey

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Dore Abbey
Herefordshire
West Midlands
Abbeydore, near Ewyas Harold
Tel. various clergy and church warden phone numbers in Contact section of website; for pre-booked conducted tour phone 01873 821 456
Open: daylight hours; grounds always open; church service times on website
Atmospheric Cistercian abbey founded 1147; now a parish church; collection of Carolingian ecclesiastical furniture; special events listed on website
Web: Dore Abbey

Dunstable St Peter Church
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Church St, Dunstable, on the A5
Part of the city of Luton
Tel. no office phone given; see website for vicar and administrator phone numbers
Open: 9am-4pm daily; morning prayer service and Sunday services
Church is part of original nave of 16th century priory; gardens in the grounds
Web: Dunstable St Peter Church

Durham Cathedral
Durham
North-east Counties
Durham city, on hilltop
Tel. 0191 3864266
Open: various hours related to services from 7.30am-6pm, Mon-Sat, 5.30pm on Sun; extended hours during part of July and Aug; check details on website for tower, restaurant, etc times
World Heritage site; Norman cathedral, begun in 1093, and burial place of St Cuthbert and Bede; tower can be climbed (check website for times); restaurant; shop; AV; monks' dormitory
Website: Durham Cathedral

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Easby Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
One mile south-east of Richmond
(can be reached by walking from Richmond castle)
Tel. 01904 601901
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-end March, daily, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; remains of Premonstratensian 'white canons' medieval abbey buildings by river Swale; still in use parish church in the precinct with 13th century wall paintings

Eaton Bray St Mary's Parish Church
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
High St, Eaton Bray
Off the A4146 just west of Dunstable
Tel. 01525 220261
Open: 9am-5.30pm
Early English 13th century St Mary's Church has one of finest interiors in Bedfordshire; carved Early English stone arches and font; arcade and south door with 13th century iron scrollwork; brasses; now the parish church; parking
Web: Eaton Bray St Mary's Parish Church

Egglestone Abbey
Durham
North-east Counties
1.5 miles south-east of Barnard Castle
Off the B6277
Tel. 0191 2691200
Open: daily, 10am-6pm
English Heritage property; ruins of 12th century Premonstratensian 'white canons' monastery in beautiful setting; 13th century church and living quarters are part of the ruins

Ely Cathedral
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Ely
Tel. 01353 667735
Open: Summer: 7am-6.30pm; Winter, Mon-Sat, 7am-6.30pm, Sun 7am-5.30pm; cathedral services on Sun 8.15 and 10.30am, 4pm; weekday services 7.30, 8 am; 12.10 pm (Thursdays and Saints’ Days) and 5.30pm
Norman cathedral; stained glass museum has 8 centuries of glass; rooftop tours; cathedral shop and also at Old Choir House in High St
For details and photos see our article on the cathedral at Ely Cathedral
Website: Ely Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral
Devon
South-west Counties
Corner South and High St, Exeter
Tel. 01392 285 983 (visitor line)
Open: 9.30am-5pm; see website for service times and guided tour times March-Oct; library in Bishop’s palace open Mon-Fri, 2-5pm; restaurant in cloisters open Mon-Sat, 10am-4.45 pm.
Cathedral in decorated gothic style except for Norman towers from early 12th century; cathedral has longest true gothic vault in the world; rebuilding begun 1270 and extended over 100 years; chapter house and cathedral close; bishop’s throne; 14th century glass in east window; cathedral bosses and 13th century misericords of interest; 1687 Sicilian marble font; minstrels’ gallery; pulpitum screen dated 1317-25 with 17th century paintings; tombs in Lady chapel.
Website: Exeter Cathedral

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Finchale Priory
Durham
North-east Counties
Three miles north-east of Durham
On minor road off A167
Tel. 0191 269 1200 (regional office)
Open: April-end Sep, Sat, Sun and BH Mon, 10am-5pm
English Heritage property; extensive remains of 13th century priory beside river Wear; parking on south side of river, fee charged; tea-room (not English Heritage)

Fountains Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Four miles west of Ripon, off the B6265
Tel. 0 1765 608 888
Open: March-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-end Jan, daily except Fri, 10am-4pm; deer park open daily, dawn-dusk, year round; restaurant also open in Feb; all closed 24/25 Dec
National Trust and English Heritage jointly own and manage the properties; World Heritage Site, most complete Cistercian ruin in the world (12th century) in dramatic setting; 300 foot intact cellar; Elizabethan manor house; 12th century monastic watermill; medieval deer park; self serve restaurant; shop, video, exhibition of abbey artefacts; parking; allow a full day for this attraction and the adjoining Studley Royal Water Garden
Web: Fountains Abbey

Furness Abbey
Cumbria
North-west Counties
One mile north of Barrow-in-Furness, on a minor road off the A590
Tel. 0 1229 823 420
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm, in Oct-end March, until 5pm; Nov-end March, weekends, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26, 28, 31 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; substantial red sandstone remains of abbey built 1123; visitor centre; parking
For photos and more information see our feature at
Furness Abbey

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Glastonbury Abbey
Somerset
South-west Counties
Magdalene Street, Glastonbury
Tel. 0 1458 832 267
Open: daily, last entry ½ hour before closing; Nov-Feb, 9am-4pm; March-May, Sep, Oct, 9am-6pm; June-Aug, 9am-8pm
Ruins of former great abbey in 36 acres of parkland; church first built on site in 7th century; richest monastery in England in 1086; rebuilt after fire; shop; picnic area; ponds; special events; costumed guides in summer; city pay car park beside abbey
Web: Glastonbury Abbey

Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
2 College Green, Gloucester city
Tel. 0 1452 528 095 (cathedral office)
Open: cathedral, daily, 7am-6pm; closed 8.45am-9.15am during term time; exhibitions, crypt, tours open at various times, check website for full details
Medieval cathedral; stained glass, sculpture, ring of 12 bells; exhibitions; guided tours and tower tours; treasury; herb garden; shop; coffee shop; nearest city car park is Westgate
Web:Gloucester Cathedral

Grace dieu Priory
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Off the A512
between Shepshed and Thringstone
Tel. 01530 454603
Open: open site dawn to dusk
Ruined Augustinian nunnery founded 1239-41; converted to Tudor mansion

Great Malvern Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Church St, Malvern
Tel. 01684 561020
Open: 9am-4.30 in winter, until 6.30pm in summer, tower second Sun each month, 1-4pm in summer
Norman and Perpendicular Gothic architecture; medieval tiles, 15th century stained glass; tower with 10 bells, earliest is 14th century
Website: Great Malvern Priory

Guisborough Priory
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Guisborough
Eight miles south-east of Middlesbrough
Open: open site
Scant ruins of Augustinian priory of 1119; east front is 97 feet high

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Hailes Abbey
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
Two miles north-east of Winchcombe
Off the B4632
Tel. 01242 602398
Open: April-end June and Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; July-end Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, daiy, 10am-4pm; closed Nov-end March
Owned by National Trust but managed by English Heritage; ruins of Cistercian abbey founded 1246; small museum with sculptures, stonework and site finds; AV tour; adjacent parish church with medieval wall paintings; parking

Hartlebury Castle
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Hartlebury, near Kidderminster
Tel. 01299 250416
Open: Feb-Dec; Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun and BH Mon, 11am-5pm; last admission 4.30pm
Sometimes on view at 14th century Hartlebury Castle, former home to the bishops of Worcester, are the state rooms, great hall and saloon; castle set in historic parkland, including the Old Moat Coppice nature reserve with natural spring and 18th century ice house; home to the Worcester County Museum. For museum details see listing on our Museums Attractions page.

Haughmond Abbey
Shropshire
West Midlands
Upton Magna, 3 miles north-east of Shrewsbury
Off the B5062
Tel. 01743 709 661
Open April-end Sep, Wed-Sun and BH Mon, 10am-5pm
English Heritage property; extensive remains of Augustian abbey; 12th century chapter house with c1500 timber roof, carving and statuary; interpretation boards, exhibition displays finds; picnic area, light refreshments

Hereford Cathedral
Herefordshire
West Midlands
5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close
Hereford
Tel. 0 1432 374 200
Open: cathedral from 9.15am-5.30pm, until 3.30 pm on Sun; tower closed 2008; exhibition open, Easter-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Nov-Easter, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; cathedral tours 11am and 2pm in summer
12th century Norman cathedral, restored and added to; famous chained library of historic books and manuscripts; Mappa Mundi—13th century illustrated world map; exhibition; shop, cafe; brass rubbings
Web: Hereford Cathedral

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Jervaulx Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Five miles north-west of Masham, off the A6108
Tel. 01677 460226
Open: open site, daylight hours
Ruins of former Cistercian abbey, much overgrown; tea-room open March-end Oct

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Kilpeck Church
Herefordshire
West Midlands
Kilpeck
Tel. 01981 570315 (church warden)
Open: daylight hours all year
Noted for its gargoyles

Kirk Andreas Church
Isle of Man
St Andrew
Built in 1802; 117 11th century crosses

Kirk Ballaugh
Isle of Man
The Cronk near Ballaugh, by Douglas on the A1.
Early church with 17th and 18th century renovations

Kirk Braddan
Isle of Man
Braddan
Church built in 1876 with old church containing 12 crosses from AD600-1265

Kirk Lezayre
Isle of Man
Churchtown near Ramsey
Church from c1830 with details of earlier church; 11 old crosses

Kirk Lonan
Isle of Man
St Adamnan village
Dates back to 5th century; chapel of 1188, new church built 1833; nine crosses on site

Kirk Maughold
Isle of Man
Maughold, near Ramsey in the north-east
Church dating from AD1000-1100, altered several times; Sigurd slab, pillar cross; ruins of three chapels, 45 crosses

Kirk Michael Parish Church
Isle of Man
Kirk Michael
Largest collection of Norse crosses on the Isle of Man in Gothic design church of 1835

Kirk Onchan
Isle of Man
Onchan
Church of 1833 with six crosses of 7-11th centuries; 1637 silver chalice

Kirkham Priory
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Off the A64, five miles south-west of Malton
Tel. 0 1653 618 768
Open: April-end July and Sep, Thu-Mon, 10am-5pm; Aug, daily, 10am-5pm
English Heritage property; dramatic and extensive ruins of Augustinian priory in spectacular setting by river; gatehouse; monastic washbasins; interpretation information; parking, picnic area

Kirkstall Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Abbey Rd, Leeds, 3.5 miles from city centre on A65
Tel. 0113 2305 492
Founded 1152 by Cistercian monks from Fountains Abbey; 23.5 hectares historical grounds; landscaped walks; open grassland; recreational areas; visitor centre; shop; picnic area; café across the road at Abbey House Museum; parking

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Lancaster Priory and Parish Church of St Mary
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Lancaster, beside the castle
Tel. 0 1524 65338
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4.30pm; in winter, closed at lunchtime; services on Sun
15th century Grade I listed building with 14th century wooden stalls, 17th century pulpit and 1631 font; Saxon doorway; runic cross; bell tower; shop

Lanercost Priory
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Off minor road south of Lanercost, 2 miles northeast of Brampton
Tel. 0 1697 73030
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-mid Feb, Sat and Sun, 10am-4pm; mid Feb-end March, Sat and Sun, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property; red sandstone ruins of Augustinian priory, founded around 1166; restored church now used as parish church (not managed by English Heritage)

Langley Chapel
Shropshire
West Midlands
Near Acton Burnell
Shropshire
Open: 10am-5pm daily from March-end Oct and until 4pm rest of year
Grade I listed English Heritage property; grey sandstone building; dates from 1546; small bell tower; used by Langley Hall servants until 17th century; interior is Puritan with high box pews and benches; key available from Faulkner farm adjacent

Leighton Buzzard All Saints Church
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
On the A4146, south of Milton Keynes
Tel. 0 1525 381 418 (parish office)
Open: see website for service details
Early English church with carved misericords and angels in the roof
Web: Leighton Buzzard All Saints Church

Leiston Abbey
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
One mile north of Leiston off the B1069, east of Saxmundham and the A12
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; extensive remains of 14th century Premonstratensian 'white canons' abbey; 16th century brick gatehouse; parking

Lichfield Cathedral
Staffordshire
West Midlands
19A the Close, Lichfield
Tel. 0 1543 306100
Open: weekdays, 7.30am-6.15pm; Sat, 8am-6.15pm; Sun, 7.30am-5pm in winter, until 6.30pm in summer; services held
12/13th century gothic cathedral; restored 1660s; restored 1855 to medieval origins; chapter house; restaurant
Web: Lichfield Cathedral

Lilleshall Abbey
Shropshire
West Midlands
Oakengates, on minor road 1.5 miles from Acton Burnell, off the A518
Tel. 0 121 625 6820 (regional office)
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; extensive ruins of Augustinian abbey; much of church intact, ancient yew trees

Lincoln Bishop’s Palace
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Lincoln, by Lincoln Cathedral
Tel. 01522 527 468
Open: April-end June and Sep-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; July-end Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Nov, Thu-Mon, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; medieval ruins of former administrative centre consist of undercrofted west hall, chapel range and tower; sacked by Royalists in civil war; working vineyard; heritage garden; AV tour

Lincoln Cathedral
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Lincoln, on the hilltop
Tel. 01522 544544
Open: all year; summer from 7.15am-8pm; winter from 7.15am-6pm; early closings on Sun; call for rooftop tour times
Gothic cathedral dating from Norman times, cloister, chapter house, elaborate towers
For photos and more information see our article Above the Vaults
Web: Lincoln Cathedral

Lindisfarne Priory
Northumberland
North-east Counties
Holy Island
Check tide tables (on mainland beside the causeway or at TIC) before driving across the causeway which floods in high tide
Tel. 01289 389 200
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 9.30am-5pm; Oct, Feb, March, daily, 9.30am-4pm; Nov-end Jan, Sat-Mon, 10am-2pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; 11th century priory ruins; one of most important early Christian sites related to St Cuthbert; founded in AD 635 but present ruins date from circa 1150; exhibition in museum

Lindsey St James's Chapel
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
On minor road .5 mile east of Rose Green North-east of Hadleigh, A1141 or south-east from Lavenham
Open: all year, daily, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property; 13th century chapel with thatched roof and lancet windows

Liverpool Cathedral
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
Near Lime Street station, central Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 709 6271
Open: daily, 8am-6pm
Sandstone cathedral with stained glass, works of art, collection of church embroidery; largest Anglican church in Europe
Web: Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 709 9222 (cathedral house)
Open: daily, 8am-6pm; closes at 5pm in winter; services on Sun and weekdays
Modern Catholic cathedral with outstanding glass; crypt is Grade II listed; shop; underground car park; restaurant
Webs Liverpool Cathedral of Christ the King

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Manchester Cathedral
Greater Manchester
North-west Counties
Cathedral Yard, Victoria St, Manchester
Tel. 0161 833 2220
Open: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm; Sat, 8am-5pm; Sun, 8.30am-7.30pm
Built 1215; tower built 1300s; chapels built 1500s; widest medieval nave in Britain; Lady chapel; bishop's throne; refectory and choir school built 1930s; damaged by bombs in WWII and in 1990s; misericords thought to be some of finest in Europe; 10 bells, rung weekly; parking--use city car parks
Web: Manchester Cathedral

Mount Grace Priory
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
On the A19, seven miles north-east of Northallerton
Tel. 01609 883 494
Open: April-end Sep, Thu-Mon, 10am-6pm; Oct-end Jan, Thu-Sun, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
National Trust property, managed by English Heritage; ruins of Carthusian monastery originally built in 15th century; reconstructed monk's cell; herb plot; parking, picnic area; wildlife events

Muchelney Abbey
Somerset
South-west Counties
Muchelney, two miles south of Langport
Tel. 01458 250664
Open: April-end June and Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; July and Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, daily, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property; well-preserved Benedictine abbey ruins; early Tudor house originally abbot's lodgings with great chamber with fireplace, stained glass, wall paintings; cloister walk; refectory; exhibition with site finds; adjacent parish church and medieval priest's house are not EH; parking; picnic area; plant sales

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Norwich Cathedral
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
12 The Close, Norwich
Tel. 01603 218 300
Open: 7am-7pm daily, mid-May-mid-Sep; 7am-6.30pm daily, mid-Sep-mid-May; check website for services, shop and restaurant times
Romanesque building begun in 1075 using flint rubble and mortar faced with limestone ashlar; 900 carved roof bosses; high spire; bishop's throne; 15th century font; mix of old and modern stained glass; restaurant, shop; herb garden; guided tours; parking only in town car parks
Web: Norwich Cathedral

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Peterborough Cathedral
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Peterborough city centre
Adjacent to Queensgate shopping centre
Tel. 01733 560964; 01733 355300 for tours
Open: 9am-6.30pm, Mon-Fri; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun, 7.30am-5pm; services on Sun and some weekdays; cathedral grounds open
Norman cathedral (started 1118) dedicated to St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew; west front has unique English Gothic portico; 13th century painted nave ceiling; burial site for Katharine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots; 8th Century Saxon carving from original church; St Oswald's chapel with 12th century watchtower; exhibition; restaurant; shop; city car park nearby; tower tours
Web: Peterborough Cathedral

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Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Abbey School, Ramsey, Huntingdon
At south-east edge of the town
Tel. 01480 301 1494
Open: exterior always open to view; selected days for interior--check NT website
National Trust property; on school ground; remnants of Benedictine monastery; 15th century gatehouse

Rievaulx Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Rievaulx, off the B1257 north of Helmsley
Tel. 01439 798228
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, Thu-Mon, 10am-5pm; Nov-end March, Thu-Mon, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property; extensive ruins of 12th century Cistercian Abbey built in early English gothic style and set in wooded valley; exhibition, museum; tea-room; parking; exhibition; audio tours

Ripon Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Wilfrid
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Minster Rd, Ripon
Tel. 0 1765 603 462
Open: all year, half hour before first service; about 8am-6pm
Golden stone cathedral; carvings, painted ceilings, misericords, choir stalls, old crypt built AD 672, used by pilgrims; shop; Thorpe Prebend House Heritage Centre, next to cathedral and open in summer has exhibits on the cathedral; use town car parks
Web: Ripon Cathedral

Roche Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
1.5 miles south of Maltby, off the A634
Tel. 01709 812 739
Open: : April-end July and Sep, Thu-Sun, 11am-4pm; Aug, daily, 11am-4pm
English Heritage property; 1147 Cistercian monastery ruins; parking, picnic area

Rochester Cathedral
Kent
South-east Counties
The Precinct, Rochester
Tel. 01634 810 073
Open: all year, 7.30am-6pm, except 5pm on Sat; tea-room open May-Sep
Founded in 604; second oldest cathedral in England; medieval crypt and remnants of a 12th century chapter house; regular church services; tours by arrangement; shop, tea-room; garden
Website: Rochester Cathedral

Rotherwas Chapel
Herefordshire
West Midlands
Hereford
On B4399, left into Chapel Rd
Tel. NA
Open: daylight hours; for access see keykeeper at nearby petrol station
English Heritage property; listed 14th century Roman Catholic chapel with 18th century west tower; rebuilt in 16th but many original features remain including Elizabethan timber roof and sandstone dressings; Victorian side chapel and high altar; restored again in 19th century by Pugins; parking

Rufford Abbey and Country Park
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Two miles south of Ollerton, off A614
Tel. 0 1623 822 944
Open: all year, daily, 10am-5pm; closed 25 Dec
English Heritage property; remains of 17th century manor house and 12th century Cistercian abbey set in a country park; parking; picnic area; refreshments; craft centre

Rushen Abbey
Isle of Man
Ballasalla
Tel. 0 1624 648 000
Open: April-end Oct, 10am-5pm, daily; closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan
Medieval religious site with abbey ruins and extensive exhibition on medieval abbey life

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Salisbury Cathedral
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
33 The Close, Salisbury
Tel. 0 1722 555 120 or 0 1722 555 113 (info line)
Open: cathedral, daily, 7.15am-6.15pm; chapter house, daily, varying times depending on day and month--see website for full details; access restricted during services
Medieval cathedral church of the blessed virgin Mary constructed of Purbeck and Chilbeck stone with oak roof; completed 1258; 225 foot spire; chapter house has one of four original Magna Carta documents; oldest working clock in England; 67 statues on west front; shop; restaurant; tower tours (332 steps with narrow winding spiral staircases, no hand rail on some sections)
Web: Salisbury Cathedral

Sawley Abbey
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Sawley, 3.5 miles north of Clitheroe
On the banks of Ribble river, off the A59
Open: April-end Sep, daily from 10am-6pm; Oct-end March, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; remains of Cistercian abbey founded 1148

Selby Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
The Crescent, Selby
Tel. 0 1757 703 123
Open: daily, 9am-4pm; services Sun and every day morning service at 8.30am
Once part of large, rich Benedictine monastery; first founded in north after Norman conquest; destroyed by fire in 1906 and rebuilt; now a parish church Grade I listed; stained glass; shop
Website: Selby Abbey

Shap Abbey
Cumbria
North-west Counties
On minor road, follow signs from Shap on the A6
Tel. NA
Open: open site
English Heritage property; gaunt remains of 12th century abbey, known as the abbey of St Mary

Sherborne Abbey
Dorset
South-west Counties
Abbey Close, Sherborne
Tel. 01935 812452 (parish office)
Open: summer daily, 8.30am-6pm; winter daily until 4pm
Dates from Saxon times; fan vault roof, medieval misericords in choir, Tudor monuments; engraved glass reredos by Whistler in Lady chapel; guided tours in the summer
See photos and more information in our article Sherborne Abbey
Web:Sherborne Abbey

Shrewsbury Abbey
Shropshire
West Midlands
Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury
Tel. 0 1743 232 723
Open: Mon-Sat, 10.30am-3pm; Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm; morning prayer 8.30am
Benedictine abbey of 1083, much destroyed by government in 1500s; nave now in use as parish church; St Winefride’s tomb made this place of pilgrimage; exhibition; herb garden; shop
Web: Shrewsbury Abbey

Sleaford Castle
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Sleaford
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Scant remains of a once important manor house and estate centre for Bishop of Lincoln between 1124 and 1139; built in an area of flat fen; used to store produce from Bishop’s land, administer his estates and provide accommodation for his visits.

Southwark Cathedral
London
Greater London
London Bridge, SE1 9DA
Tel. 020 7367 6700
Open: Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, Sun and BH, 9am-6pm
On the south bank of Thames river; oldest Gothic building in London; rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original church in 1212; other parts rebuilt after another fire in 1390; made a parish church in 1539; restored in the 1800s when nave was built; traces of the older churches remain; window and statue commemorate Shakespeare; shop
Web: Southwark Cathedral

Southwell Minster
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Southwell
Tel. 0 1636 812 649 (office)
Open: cathedral, daily; Minster Centre, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm
Romanesque style church started in 1108; 13th century chapter house; stained glass windows; Minster Centre (by the churchyard) has AV theatre giving historic details; bookshop; light meals
Web: Southwell Minster

St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
St Albans
Tel. 0 1727 860 780 (information desk)
Open: 8am-5:45pm, daily, year round
Founded in AD 793 as Benedictine monastery; rebuilt in 1077; wall paintings; exhibition area; shrine of St Alban; Lady Chapel; festival in June; bells; tower
For photos and more information see our article St Albans
Web: St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church

St Alfege Church
London
Greater London
Greenwich Church St, Greenwich
Open: Sat, 11.30am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm; check website for service times
Grade I listed Hawksmoor church built in 1714; ring of ten bells in tower
Website: St Alfege

St Andrew’s Church
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Talbot Rd, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 9PT
Tel. 0 191 516 0135
Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-12.30pm
Sometimes known as the cathedral of the Arts and Crafts movement; built 1906-07; of grey limestone; tower; interior has William Morris carpets, Burne-Jones tapestry, and Ernest Grimson furniture; painted ceiling; two outstanding stained glass windows

St Andrew’s Church Sempringham
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Northern edge of Pointon village
See our article at The Lost Graves of Sempringham

St Augustine’s Abbey
Kent
South-east Counties
Canterbury, east of the cathedral close
Tel. 01227 767 345
Open: April-end Sep, Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm; July-Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Sep-end March, Sat and Sun, 11am-5pm
English Heritage property; World Heritage site founded in 597; museum; parking; audio tours

St Botolph’s Priory
Essex
Eastern Counties
Colchester
Tel. 01206 282920
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; remains of 12th century priory, arcaded nave

St Catherine’s Chapel
Dorset
South-west Counties
.5 mile south of Abbotsbury, off B3157
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; Medieval chapel built in 14th century with buttresses and barrel vaulted ceiling; on hilltop overlooking Abbotsbury abbey; used as a navigational beacon for sailors; bare interior

St Cuthbert’s Church
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Great Salkheld
Tel. NA
Open: for services; check at church otherwise
Original red sandstone church dated 880; 1380 pele tower built as refuge for villagers against Border raiders; fireplace in tower; dungeon in basement for any captured enemies; south doorway dates from Norman times, adorned with dogtooth carving, birds, dragons, and heads; nave windows are neo-Norman, date from around 1866; chancel windows dated around 17th century; peel of six bells

St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Bury St Edmunds
Tel. 01284 754933 or 01284 748720 (office); for guided tours tel. 01284 754933
Open: daily, 8:30am-6pm; café serves hot meals until 4.30 p.m. (3.30 in winter)
Part of former Bury St Edmunds Abbey; English Perpendicular 16th century nave; stained glass; tower; fan-vaulted ceiling; treasury; cafe
Website: St Edmundsbury Cathedral

St Ethelbert Church
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Hessett
Just south of the A14 to the east of Bury Signposted at a junction
One of loveliest medieval churches in Suffolk with much to see; stained glass windows; painted rood screen; wall paintings

St Leonard Church
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
1 Church End, Leverington
Tel. check website for specific numbers
Open: for Sun services; other days see keyholder notice at church
Large church with high spire, two-storey 14th century porch; exceptional windows include Tree of Jesse; early font; 15th century lectern
Web: St Leonard Church, Leverington

St Leonard’s Chapel
Somerset
South-west Counties
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Farleigh Hungerford
Tel. 01225 754 026
Open: April-June and Sep, 10am-5pm, daily; July-Aug, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct, daily, 10am-4pm; Nov-March, 10am-4pm, Sat and Sun; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; on site of the ruins of Farleigh Hungerford castle; 14th century chapel with 16th century crypt with lead coffins and death mask indentations; parking

St Margaret’s Church
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn
Tel. 0 1553 772 858
Open: daily
Church is 235 feet long and built of white Caen stone; begun 1104 (little survives) and rebuilt in 1400s; two western towers separated by a west front; clerestoried and aisled nave; central tower above a crossing with transepts; clerestoried chancel; two Norman west towers; two important brasses; porch on west front; in 1741 spire and north-west tower top collapsed ruining the nave which was later rebuilt; Victorian glass; clerestory with walkway, 13th century inner pillars, 15th century exterior windows; carved aisle screens and north transept screen; 14th century brasses

St Martin’s Church
Essex
Eastern Counties
West Stockwell St, Colchester
Tel. 01206 282920
Redundant 14th century church, restored by Churches Conservation Trust. Recycled Roman brickwork; keys from Visitor Information Centre or Castle Museum

St Martin’s Church
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
High St, Stamford
Tel. no website
Open: Sunday services
Dates from 1430; late perpendicular style; pinnacled tower; Victorian north chapel; tombs of the Cecil family including William Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I and owner of Burghley House

St Mary Church
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Thornham Parva
Tel. NA
Open: NA
Thatched room; ancient interior; wall paintings; medieval reredos, Norman doorway

St Mary Magdalene Church
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Thornham Magna
West of A40 near village of Eye
Open: usually open to visitors; check the sign
14th century chancel with some Norman features; 15th century window tracery work in nave; Victorian font; medieval font in chancel; 14th century piscina; south window has three Burne Jones figures created by Morris and Co
For photos and more information see our article St Mary Magdalene

St Mary the Virgin Church
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
High St, Westham, East Sussex
Tel. 0 1323 762 294
Open: for services on Sun; phone office for visiting times
Reputed to be the first church built by the Normans after 1066
Web: St Mary the Virgin Church

St Mary the Virgin Church
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
On hilltop by Whitby Abbey, Whitby
Tel. NA
Open: daily
Norman building with late additions; twisted wooden columns; box pews; crenallated walls; stone tower; tombstones related to maritime persons; box pews; triple decker pulpit; 17th century gallery; use large car park for Whitby Abbey

St Mary’s Church
Dorset
South-west Counties
St Mary’s Street, Weymouth
Tel. 0 1305 781 505
Open: year round, for services, weekday fellowships, Tue morning
Third church on the site; first chapel demolished and new church built 1606, attended by royal family but also demolished in 1815; current church finished 1817 of Portland stone; altar painting by Sir James Thornhill
Web: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Chadley Lane, Godmanchester
Tel. contacts listed on website
Open: for services; check otherwise when visiting
13th-15th century church, Perpendicular gothic style; west bell tower rebuilt 1623; misericords; 15th century choir stalls with fine carvings; clerestory; mass dial on chancel wall buttress; two storey south porch; 13th century font; 19th century stained glass in south and north aisles; five light east window; 19th century rood screen; misericords on chancel seats
Web: St Mary’s, Godmanchester

St Mary’s Church
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Earl Stoneham
Tel. NA
Open: daily
Considered one of most significant churches in Suffolk; cruciform building with 15th century west tower; bells; carved oak hammerbeam roof; clerestory; original west door; no aisles; wall paintings; medieval benches and carvings in chancel; graveyard

St Mary’s Church
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Cavendish
Tel. NA
Open: NA
Stair turret; 14th century tower; hammerbeam roof

St Mary’s Church
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
St Mary’s Hill, Stamford
Tel. various contacts on the website
Open: Sunday services; otherwise not given on website
Dates from 13-15th centuries; spectacular spire; broach tower; atmospheric interior; mother church of Stamford; Sunday services
Web: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
15 Molescroft Rd, Beverley
Tel. 0 1482 881 437
Open: for church services and activities; April-Sep, Sun, 2-4pm, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat, 10am-4pm; Oct-March, Sun, before and after services only, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-noon and 1-4pm, Sat, closed
Gothic parish church founded in 1120 and developed over 400 years; 13th century crypt; 14th century west front; central tower; restored 1844-76; sculptures include rabbit thought to inspire Alice in Wonderland rabbit
Web: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Parish Church
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Between Burgate and Soutergate streets, Barton-upon-Humber
Tel. 0 1652 632 202
Open: for services and most days
Norman chapel rebuilt; 14th century window in north aisle; oak iron-bound chest; bells in tower; south aisle; chancel arch of 15th century, tomb brass, medieval glass panel in east window; St James chapel; detailed history on website
Web: St Mary’s

St Michael and All Angels Church
Essex
Eastern Counties
Off Aldecar Rd, Copford Green, Colchester
Tel. 01206 210488
Open: 9am-5.30pm or dusk, daily, year round
12th century apsidal church with medieval fresco wall paintings

St Michael Church
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
High St, Coningsby, off A153
Tel. NA
Open: no website; check when visiting
15th century parish church; tower with single handed clockface painted on the tower; unusual open archway to the church

St Michael Church, Framlingham
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Framlingham, on the B1119/B1120/B1116 junctions just south-east of the A1120
Tel. NA
Open: for morning and evening services
Family tombs of famous people; 8 bells; 98 ft high tower; 14th century wall painting; 17th century organ
For photos and more details see our article St Michael at Framlingham

St Michael’s Isle Chapel
Isle of Man
At far end of Langness near Castletown, on St Michael’s Isle
Chapel ruins dating from the 1100s

St Nicholas Chapel
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
Carisbrooke Castle, Carisbrooke
Open: April-end Sep, 10am-5pm daily; Oct-March, 10am-4pm daily
Originally built for castle residents in 13th century; now a memorial chapel to Isle of Wight people killed in WWI and WWII; allow time to visit the castle as well

St Nicholas Church
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Church End, Hockcliffe, on minor road
Off the A5 west of Dunstable
or A4146, south of Leighton Buzzard
Tel. not given on website
Open: not given on website
Village church with linenfold pews, brasses, and medieval tiles

St Nicholas Church
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Church St, East Dereham
Tel. 0 1362 693 143
Open: for services and other times—check when arriving
Large church; detached bell tower of 16th century; central tower at cruciform crossing; early 16th century porch; carvings; chapels; seven sacrament font dated 1468; late 15th century screen

St Nicholas Church
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Church Lane, Pevensey, East Sussex
Tel. 0 1323 762 247
Open: daylight hours and for services
Early English church rebuilt on Saxon site; used by smugglers for storage in the 17th century; park on street

St Nicholas Priory
Devon
South-west Counties
Mint Lane, just off Fore St, Exeter
Tel. 0 1392 265 858
Open: Easter-Oct, 10am-5pm, Saturdays during school openings, Mon-Sat, during holidays
Former Benedictine Priory; presented as 1602 home of wealthy Hurst family; fitted out with replica furniture; display of Elizabethan items; special events; shop; use city centre carparks

St Patrick’s Chair
Isle of Man
Near Crosby on B35, signed
Two granite pillars mark site of first preaching of gospel on the island

St Patrick’s Isle and church
Isle of Man
Peel
Ruins of St Patrick’s church, round tower, St German cathedral

St Pauls Church
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
St Pauls Square, Bedford
Tel. 01234 340163
Open: for services (times on website)and also 10am-4pm for visitors
Church begun in first part of 13th century, only south porch in early English style remains from that century; two porches and Trinity chapel added 15th century; major changes in 19th century with tower and spire rebuilt and two transepts added, chancel roof raised and painted and angels added; Trinity chapel restored, rood screen and English altar and rails added in 20th century; stained glass windows
Tea, coffee, light refreshments available on Sat in Anderson room
Web: St Pauls Bedford

St Paul’s Cathedral
London
Greater London
St Paul’s Churchyard, London
Tel. 020 7246 8357 (infoline); recorded line 020 7236 4128
Open: Mon-Sat, 8.30am-4pm; galleries,9.30am
Cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren 1675-1710 with world famous dome; site of royal weddings and funerals and celebrations; shop in crypt; no parking except public car park nearby; nearest underground station is St Paul's on the Central Line (2 minute walk) or Mansion House and Cannon Street stations on the District and Circle Lines are within walking distance; audio and guided tours available; café and restaurant
Web: St Paul’s Cathedral

St Peter and St Paul Church
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Kedington, two miles from Haverhill
Off the A143 to Bury
One of Suffolk's most remarkable churches; 3 decker pulpit; famous for the Barnadiston tombs and memorials, which are most interesting in Suffolk; England's oldest post-reformation rood screen, dating from the Laudian re-ordering of the 1620s

St Peter and St Paul Church
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Wisbech
Tel. Church Office: 0 1945 582 508
Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm (3.30pm in winter); Sat, for access call at the Vicarage in Love Lane; Sun, during services
Large church in early Norman and perpendicular style; semi-detached tower, pillars on inside, two naves, two aisles, 14th century extensions; old glass in clerestory; 17th century monuments; 16th century tower with peal of ten bells; Victorian stained glass windows; site of annual Rose Fair Flower Festival
Web: St Peter and St Paul

St Peter and St Paul Church
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Salle
Tel. no website so NA
Open: for services; check at the door to see if open other times
Great wool church with tall flint tower; angels on roof; large porches; tall aisles; medieval glass; Pependicular windows; carved stalls and misericords; medieval stained glass; brasses; font with 15th century canopy; large east window; bosses on chancel roof; three decker pulpit

St Peter and St Paul Church
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Bolton by Bowland
On a minor road off the A59 north of Clitheroe
Tel. 0 1200 441 154
Open: if closed, notice is posted re obtaining key
Mid 15th century church with later additions and restorations; belfry; 1705 oak door
For further details and photos see our article: St Peter and St Paul Church

St Peter’s Cathedral
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Lancaster
Tel. 0 1524 384 820
Open: 8.30am-6pm, usual services
Roman Catholic Cathedral of 1859 designed by Lancaster architect E. G. Paley in neo-gothic style; baptistery designed by Austin and Paley added 1901; 240 ft spire; 1888 stained glass window; 32 panel triptych; statue of St Peter; four windows with scenes of St Peter’s life; chapel with wall paintings; Lady chapel with carvings; 10 bells; concerts; events

St Peter’s Church
Isle of Man
Peel, near Castle St towards the harbour
Ruins of church

St Peter’s Church Exhibition
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire
Tel. 01652 635932
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-6pm; Nov-March, Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm
Exhibition: Buried Lives: 1000 years of burials at St Peter’s Church

St Philip’s Cathedral
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Colmore Row, Birmingham
Tel. 0 121 262 1840
Open: see service times and open for viewing on website
Baroque cathedral built in 18th century; seat of Bishop of Birmingham; four pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones; shop; cafe
Web: St Philip’s Cathedral

St Runious Church
Isle of Man
On B35 near Crosby
Ancient parish church from AD1200-1754

St Thomas’s Church
Isle of Man
Douglas
Tel. 01624 611 503
Open: Fri morning to midday and Sun morning
Built between 1846 and 1849 by Manx architect Ewan Christian in early Victorian Gothic style

St Wendreda Church
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Wimblington Rd, March
Tel. church warden number on website
Open: for services
Dates from mid 14th and early 15th centuries; 140 foot spire; tall clerestory with designs between the windows; famous angel roof of oak and double hammerbeams; 118 angels in three tiers with wide-spread wings; carved saints on walls; Norman font; enormous Bible; gargoyles
Web: St Wenreda Church

Staunton Harold Church
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Five miles north-east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Tel. 01332 863822
Open: April-end Sep, Wed-Sun and BH Mon, 1-5pm or sunset if earlier; in Oct weekends only 1-5pm
Built during the Commonwealth; original 17th century cushions and hangings, panelling and painted ceilings

Studham Parish Church
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
On minor road off the A5, south of Dunstable
Tel. 0 1767 627 443
13th century parish church; Norman font; medieval floor tiles; 17th century communion table

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Tewkesbury Abbey
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
Tewkesbury, southern edge of the old town
Tel. 0 1684 850 959
Open: all year, Sun, 7.30am-7pm; Mon-Sat, 7.30am-6pm in summer, 7.30am-5.30pm in winter; shop open 9.30am Mon-Sat and 12.30pm on Sun
Former Benedictine Abbey church, consecrated in 1121; Norman piers and arches in eight-bay nave; Decorated-style chancel of 14th century; second largest parish church in England; highest Norman tower in England; medieval stained glass; sculptured tombs; 17th century organ; roof bosses; shop
Web: Tewkesbury Abbey

Thetford Priory
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Thetford, west side of town near the train station
Close to the A11 and the A134
Tel. none
Open: daily, daytime hours (open site)
English Heritage property; extensive ruins of 12th and 13th century Cluniac priory include lower church walls and cloister, shell of prior's lodging and 14th century gatehouse; information panels
For photos and more information see our article Thetford Priory

Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
18 miles north-east of Scunthorpe
North of the A160, North Lincolnshire
Tel. 0 1469 541 445
Open: April-end June and Sep, Wed-Sun, 10am-5p; July-Aug, daily, 10am-5pm; Oct-March, Fri, Sat, Sun, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; built 1382; ornate fortified gatehouse among the finest surviving in Britain; medieval statuary; remains monastic buildings include decorated octagonal chapter house of 1282-1308; exhibition; shop; parking; picnic area

Truro Cathedral
Cornwall
South-west Counties
14 St Mary's St, Truro
Tel. 01872 276 782
Open: Mon-Sat, 7.30am-6pm; Sun, 9.30am-7pm; BH, 9.30am; services every day so check website for times; tours--check website
Victorian gothic cathedral begun 1880; towers; chapter house; Wesley window; shop; restaurant
Web: Truro Cathedral

Tynemouth Priory and Castle
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
North Pier, Tynemouth
Tel. 0191 257 1090
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; Oct-end March, Thu-Mon, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; castle walls survive of 1296 building; became a royal castle when taken over by Henry VIII; remains of 1090 Benedictine priory on ruins of 7th century Anglian monastery; east end of priory church survives; well-preserved chapel with rose window and roof vault

Tynwald Church (Chapel of St John)
Isle of Man
St John near Peel
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 9am-5.30pm
1849 church of granite and marble

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Wakefield Cathedral
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Wakefield city centre
Tel. 01924 373923
Open: Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm, on Sun between services
14th century parish church, became cathedral in 1888; ring of 14 bells
Website: Wakefield Cathedral

Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Shirehall Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Little Walsingham
Tel. 0 1328 820 259 (Walsingham Estate) or 0 1328 820 510 (TIC in the museum)
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-4.30pm; daily during snowdrop season for walks 10am-4pm.
Historic Houses Association member; remains of priory within grounds which then became a private home; gardens; walks; small museum, built in 16th century as a hostel, with local information, TIC, and shop
For photos and more information see our article Walsingham

Waltham Abbey Church
Essex
Eastern Counties
On Highbridge St, in the town of Waltham Abbey
Tel. 01992 767897
Open: 10am daily except 11 on Wed and 12 on Sun until 4pm
Norman abbey, visitor centre in crypt. King Harold is supposed to be buried here.

Waltham Abbey Gatehouse and Bridge
Essex
Eastern Counties
Waltham Abbey, off the A112
Tel. 01992 702 200
Open: open site, daylight hours
English Heritage property; 14th century abbey gatehouse and medieval bridge

Wells Cathedral
Somerset
South-west Counties
Cathedral Green, Wells
Tel. 01749 674 483 (cathedral office)
Open: April-end Sep, 7am-7pm; Oct-end March, 7am-6pm; services on Wed and Sun; restaurant open 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat, year round; Sun, 1-5pm, March-Oct
Medieval cathedral begun 1180; 13th century chapter house and cloisters; west front has 300 medieval statues; famous scissor arches; fan vaulting; 1340 stained glass east window; shop; restaurant
Web: Wells Cathedral

Wenlock Priory
Shropshire
West Midlands
Much Wenlock
Tel. 01952 727466
Open: March, April, Sep, Oct, 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun; May-end Aug, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-end Feb, Thu-Sun, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec. and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; Cluniac priory founded in 680 and later rebuilt; one of longest naves in England; ruins include 12 th century chapter house with carving and church; cloister garden; parking

Wesley's Chapel and Museum
London
Greater London
49 City Road, EC1Y 1AU
Tel. 020 7253 2262
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun, 12.30-1.45pm, last entry 30 minutes before closing; closed every Thu, 12:45-1.30pm (for service in chapel); also closed Christmas-New Year and BH except Good Friday; services in chapel every Sunday
John Wesley’s Georgian house next to 1778 chapel (restored), and Museum of Methodism; annual Wesley celebration; shop
Website: John Wesley's Chapel

Westminster Abbey
London
Greater London
Central London, across the street from the Parliament buildings
Tel. 020 7222 7110 (information desk); 020 7654 4832 (for tours only); museum information 020 7654 4831
Open: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm); Wed, 9.30am-7pm (last entry 6pm); Sat, 9.30am-2.30pm (last entry 1.30pm); Sun, worship only; fee charged except when attending services; see website for exact times of services
Historic Gothic (pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, rose window, flying buttresses) church begun in 1245 by Henry III on site of abbey founded by Benedictine monks in 960; used for coronations, marriages, funerals and burials of British monarchs as far back as William I in 1066; 102 foot high gothic vault; Purbeck marble columns; sculpted decoration; roof bosses; carvings; coronation site since 1066; graves of 17 monarchs; stained glass; paintings; many important historical figures buried here; library and muiment room; eight chapels; museum in east cloister; three original gardens; shop; tours offered; audio guides; museum in undercroft; no parking; special events and festivals; busy tourist attraction with long line-ups to get in; nearest undergrounds are St James's Park (District and Circle Lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
Web: Westminster Abbey

Wetheral Priory Gatehouse
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Wetheral, 6miles east of Carlisle on the B6263
Open: view from roadside or open April-end Sep, 10am-6pm daily; Oct-end March, daily, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; 15th century red sandstone gatehouse remains of a Benedictine priory

Whalley Abbey Gatehouse
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Whalley, on the banks of river Calder
Open: daylight hours
English Heritage property; ruins of 14th century Cistercian gatehouse

Whitby Abbey
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Whitby, on high hill, east of the town
Road signposted before reaching town
Can be reached from the town only by going up 99 outdoor stairs
Tel. 01947 603 568
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-March, Thu-Mon, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
English Heritage property; dramatic 13th century abbey and church ruins; visitor centre within 17th century mansion walls, has archaeological finds and AV displays; large pay car park; picnic area; tea-room (managed by YHA)

Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire
South-east Counties
The Close, Winchester
Tel. 0 1962 857 200
Open: 8.30am-6pm daily except 5.30 on Sun; for cafe, visitor centre and service times check website
Cathedral begun in 1079 in Romanesque style; throne of bishop of Winchester; bosses in tower vault; chantry chapels and memorials; ring of 14 bells; 19th century organ; visitor centre; shop; Christmas market
Web: Winchester Cathedral

Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)
Hampshire
South-east Counties
College St, Winchester
Next to Winchester Cathedral
Tel. 02392 378 291
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-5pm
English Heritage property; extensive ruins of former fortified bishop's palace; begun as 12th century fortified keep and bailey castle; chief residence of bishops of Winchester; one of greatest medieval buildings in England; site of Queen Mary and Philips wedding 25 July, 1554
For photos and more details see our article Wolvesey Castle

Worcester Cathedral
Worcestershire
West Midlands
10A College Green, Worcester
Tel. 0 1905 732 900
Open: daily, 7.30am-6pm; services daily; guided tours (see website for days and times) Easter-Aug; tower open Easter-end Oct, Sat, BH, and school holidays only, 11am-5pm
Built 1084 for Benedictine monks; restored during Victorian era; tomb of king John; medieval cloisters; Victorian stained glass; medieval library; walled gardens and cloister of original monastery; history and archaeology exhibitions in crypt; shop; coffee shop serves light meals and takeaways
Web: Worcester Cathedral

Wymondham Abbey
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Church St, Wymondham
Tel. 01953 607 062 (parish office)
Open: April and Nov, daily, 10am-4pm; May-Oct, 10am-5pm; Dec-March, 10am-3pm; daily services
Twin towered stone abbey founded 1107; much demolished but western part was retained as functioning parish church named St Mary and St Thomas; 15th century angel roof; screen and canopy of gold built 1919-1934; medieval screens; 1440 font; carved stone corbels; hammerbeam roof; shop
Web: Wymondham Abbey

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York Minster
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
York
Tel. 0 1904 557 216
Open: daily; services held from 7am but visiting only Mon-Sat, 9am (9.30am Nov- March) with last entry 5pm; Sun visiting from noon-3.45pm; no visiting on Good Friday and Easter Sunday before noon; check website for visiting times for tower and undercroft; guided tours Mon-Sat, 1-3pm
Gothic style church with Foundations and Treasury exhibitions in the basement; 13th century transepts; chapter house; 15th century sculptures of English kings at crossing; medieval stained glass; shop; cafe
Web: York Minster

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