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Discover the wonder of Devon's sacred heritage.

Visit Devon and explore all corners of this rural county. Not only will you find quaint villages and exquisite cream teas, you’ll also find tremendous examples of history within its ancient abbeys and churches. Enjoy relaxing great days out whilst discovering the local heritage and humble beginnings of Devon.

Be warmly welcomed and discover local heritage and craftsmanship in churches, chapels and meeting houses of all ages and architectural styles.

Here are just a few to whet your whistle, visit our map to find many more.

Delightful Devon

Devon churches on our map

St James, Swimbridge

The church is best known for its uncommonly lavish furnishings, it is a treasure house of gothic and renaissance carvings and memorials.


St Mary, Ottery St Mary

Visit the former collegiate church, built in 1342 and walk streets once trodden by the town’s most famous son, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.


St Nectan, Hartland

Founded near a holy well associated with St Nectan, who lived and was martyred here in the mid 5th century.


St Michael, Ilsington

A friendly welcoming medieval church open for worship and visits within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park, St Michael’s has the finest collection of floor ledger stones of any Dartmoor church.


St Peter, Tawstock

Contains a fine collection of memorials, particularly those to the Earls of Bath and their family and other connections.


St Winifred, Branscombe

Among the oldest and most significant churches of Devon, it probably dates back to 995 but there is Saxon carving on stones hidden in the turret staircase.


St John the Baptist, Plymtree

Find eleven centuries of history in our yew tree, one of the finest rood screens in Devon, remarkable pew ends and 400 year old Flemish carvings.


St Peter, Tiverton

One of the grandest parish churches in Devon and where Mendelssohn's ‘Wedding March’ was first performed on 2nd June 1847.


St Michael de Rupe, Brentor

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.

The Devon Historic Churches Trust is dedicated to funding repairs and maintenance to places of Christian worship throughout Devon.

Visit Devon can help you plan your holidays and day's out in Devon.

Getting here

Devon is well served by trains from all over the country, and many of the routes are very picturesque.

It's also easy to reach by road. The M5 motorway runs into Exeter, with excellent links with other major motorways including the M4. National Express stops in various places around the county. 

There are flights from many UK airports to Exeter International Airport. There are also flights from some international airports.