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St Michael de Rupe

One of the iconic landmarks of West Devon, St Michael de Rupe was founded in 1130 by the local landowner Robert Giffard and is the highest working church in England.

Brentor, Devon

Opening times

Open daily dawn to dusk.


On top of Brent Tor
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Although the foundation is 12th century, most of the church as you see it today dates to the 13th and 14th centuries, when the original chantry chapel was enlarged to act as a parish church.

However, the church has been continually updated over the years to meet the needs of the local community. Following major repair works in 2016, the roof has been fully refurbished, and we have now installed the electric lighting running off solar panels on the roof (sadly, the Victorian gas lamps have been condemned as unsafe). This is the first off grid installation in the diocese.

We have a regular service of sung Evensong here at 6pm in the spring and summer, and occasional services all year round.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • 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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