The first King of England was crowned here at All Saints, Kingston. Today it serves the community in many ways; worship, quiet contemplation, concerts, volunteering or just enjoying a slice of homemade cake.
Welcome to our favourite churches!
Every member of the team here at National Churches Trust has chosen their favourite church.
Which church does our Chief Executive swoon over? Which makes our volunteers happy? And where do our Church Support Officers escape to when they need to get away? Read on and celebrate with us some of our most loved and interesting places of worship.
If you'd like to add your favourite church to our map, please get in touch!
Chapel, Tintagel Castle Ancient stonework, grey cliffs and a sapphire sea. There is most definitely a special, mythical feeling to the small chapel sitting on the edge of the ruined Tintagel Castle. Anna Tham
'The Queen of Holderness' : St Patrick, Patrington is a breath taking mini cathedral with a glorious 55m spire that is seen for miles, so I always know where I am when I am biking round Holderness!
The best of only four surviving medieval bridge chapels in the country. The Chapel of Our Lady on Rotherham Bridge has enjoyed a long and chequered history, and is truly a hidden gem.
This unexpected beauty, Portsmouth Cathedral is on the seafront and in the oldest part of the city. Substantially altered by each generation, its lighthouse tower earns it the nickname, Cathedral of the Sea.
From my attic window I can see the magnificent tower of St Mary, Ealing. It is a local landmark, at the centre of the local community and close to school, allotments and the Rose and Crown pub.
We spent several Easter Sundays at St Helen, Ranworth. I remember climbing the tower to enjoy views of the Norfolk Broads; experiences that nurtured my enjoyment for exploring old buildings.
The medieval tower of St Mildred, Tenterden dominates the skyline and can be seen for miles. A lively and friendly church with a calendar of exhibitions, its also close to some very good Kent vineyards!
Perched on a hilltop, with views across the North Downs; St John, Wooton is an idyllic village church. It has stunning views and is a treat for history lovers with links is to the famous 17th century diarist John Evelyn.
The place where I fell in love with my future husband; St Edith, Coates by Stow is a quiet space of peace and tranquillity standing forlorn in a field, yet hiding inside is one of the most spectacular rood lofts in the UK.
I love the amazing architecture demonstrating skilled craftsmanship. Being the largest cathedral in Britain, the tower gives incredible views across the city, to the Wirral and beyond.
When I lived in Liverpool, the ‘bombed out church’ of St Luke was as much a landmark for everyone as the Liver Building. It's a central meeting point and great little oasis in the city.
When you go through the old archway of 'St Bart's', you feel like you step back in time. Connected to the oldest hospital in London, St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield is a lovely refuge from busy London streets.
St Patrick, Armoy in County Antrim is a church with a literary connection nestled in a rolling ancient landscape and a sacred place to reflect and embrace the silence.
St Martin in the Fields is beautiful and I think that their commitment to music is really nice. I love the fact that they have a jazz night in the crypt and the evening candlelight concerts create a lovely atmosphere.
I find Quaker meeting houses fascinating, they’re such modest buildings but can also be very beautiful. Come to Good, Cornwall is one of the oldest, and is especially lovely with its thatch, whitewash and simple furnishings.
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