Greater Manchester

Discover the wonder of Greater Manchester's sacred heritage.

It comes as little surprise that the oldest buildings in Greater Manchester are all churches. St Mary the Virgin in Eccles has parts built in the 13th century, the tower of St Chad, Rochdale, dates to the 1200s; and, St Leonard in Middleton has fragments of a Norman billet frieze.

But Greater Manchester also has an amazing collection of Victorian and modern churches to explore.

Here are a few that show off what the region has to offer.


Greater Manchester churches on our map

St Mary the Virgin, Bury

The highlight is the stunning Epiphany reredos and the number of stone heads hidden around the building. The church is the Garrison Church of the Lancashire Fusiliers.


St Michael & All Angels, Ashton under Lyne

The medieval stained glass telling the story of St Helena and her search for the True Cross is unique in the north of England and amongst the best in the country,


Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral has been centre stage in its city's history for nearly 600 years. In 1421 Henry V signed a royal charter granting permission for a collegiate church to be built.


Fairfield Moravian Church

The settlement opened in 1785, planned and built by its own people with inn, bakery, farm, laundry, fire engine, night watchman, inspector of weights, an overseer of roads and physician.


St Mary the Virgin, Eccles

For at least 800 years the church has attracted an increasing number of visitors to share in history and link with the thousands of people who have found solace and comfort within its walls.


St Nicholas, Burnage

The first church designed by the architect Nugent Francis Cachemaille Day.


St Augustine, Pendlebury

One of Bodley’s best churches, the interior is stunning. Known locally as the 'Miners Cathedral' it is one of the greatest and most moving of all Victorian churches.



The Society aims to raise awareness of the rich variety of church buildings in Greater Manchester and raise funds make grants for repairs. The Society also arranges visits churches and chapels of interest.

The original modern city.

Getting here

Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for visitors.

There are three main train stations in the city centre, and many more around Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the area to motorways north, south east and west.

Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the north of England. It is the third largest airport in the UK and connected to over 200 destinations around the world.