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Treasure Ireland

A project by the National Churches Trust, to support historic places of worship in Northern Ireland.

The project, which will run over three years, includes a new grants fund which offers between £500 to £10,000 for repairs and maintenance to help keep churches in good condition and so prevent expensive repairs. To date over thirty places of worship have received support through the Treasure Ireland grant programme.

‘Treasure Ireland' is not just about grants, it offers training and mentoring to help you look after your treasured place of worship. This includes developing skills on writing funding bids, maintenance, interpretation and tourism.  

The project aims to increase the number of people visiting churches in Northern Ireland for days out or as part of a holiday. At least 100 churches will be added to ExploreChurches providing visitors with a one stop digital gateway into discovering the architecture and ecclesiastical history of Northern Ireland.

Visit our Treasured Ireland visitor guide, where we will list all our Northern Ireland content.

The Places of Worship Forum was set up in 2017 and provides an opportunity for churches and organisations with an interest in faith heritage to meet, share, discuss issues and explore ideas. 

The next Northern Ireland Places of Worship Forum date and venue will be confirmed shortly. 



Sacred Stained Glass Event Talk and Tour Dr David Caron
Treasure Ireland National Churches Trust

Sacred Stained Glass - Talk & Tour with Dr David Caron

Treasure Ireland at National Churches Trust in collaboration with Ulster Architectural Heritage invite you to a special event to explore the vibrant stained-glass that can be found in Northern Ireland and in the city of Belfast.

Treasure Ireland Training Workshop

Treasured Heritage-Researching your Place of Worship

Places of worship are treasure troves of heritage. Join us for a FREE workshop by Dr William Roulston, Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation. to found out about the resources available when researching your treasured place of worship.

Places of Worship Forum NI

Places or Worship Forum Northern Ireland

Join us in April 2023 for the next Places of Worship Forum. Connect over coffee and experience the stunning heritage of our historic churches. Venue to be confirmed shortly.


Pilgrim Trust

Pilgrim Trust gives grants aimed at preserving the fabric of architecturally or historically important buildings, or to preserve historically significant artifacts or documents.

Department for Communities

Historic environment : responsible for historic monuments, buildings, parks, gardens, maritime heritage, industrial heritage, defence heritage and archaeology.