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St Mary & St Hardulph

St Mary & St Hardulph is a remarkable church not least for its setting, dominating the local landscape and towering above the surrounding countryside.

Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire

Opening times

The church is open from about 10am to around 3pm.
Times vary slightly due to church being locked and unlocked by volunteers.


Breedon on the Hill
DE73 8AJ

It is well known for its exquisite Breedon Angel, a stone carving thought to be one of the earliest representations of angels anywhere in Europe.

The church is there for a reason: its original foundation was in the 7th century as an Augustinian monastery when it was important for monks to see any hostile forces approaching in plenty of time. Today, this isolated and lofty location gives the church deep peace and spectacular views. 

There is plenty to see inside as well: some early medieval stone carvings, a stunning stained glass east window and a grisly family tomb complete with marble skeleton. 

Drive up to the car park or clamber up the hill; either way, it will be well worth the effort!


  • Spectacular stained glass

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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