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Discover the wonder of Gloucestershire's sacred heritage.

In regency spa and market towns, close to stately homes and set in rolling, green landscapes, Gloucestershire's churches truly are glorious. Drool over the wonderful honey tones of Cotswold churches, set in picturesque villages. Explore the Forest of Dean on bike or foot, spotting both architecture and wildlife. Or, quite literally, live the high life in elegant towns like Tewkesbury, where the Abbey has the tallest Norman tower in England.

The cathedral city of the Cotswolds, Gloucester has its roots stretching back to Roman times, boasting over 2,000 years of history. But the cathedral is just one of many fascinating, beautiful and sometimes surprising churches to explore.

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


Gloucestershire churches on our map

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey is a Norman church built on a cathedral scale, glittering down on all this is some of the finest medieval stained glass in England.


St Mary, Deerhurst

St Mary's is one of the most complete buildings to survive from before the Norman Conquest.


Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1,300 years: our vision is to seek to be 'in tune with heaven and in touch with daily life'.


St Nicholas, Lower Oddington

A village parish church distinguished by a magical woodland setting and an entire wall of medieval wall paintings.


St Mary of the Angels, Brownshill

The chapel is idyllically sited overlooking the Toadmoor Valley, the site is made more poignant by the run of identically sized memorial crosses which mark the graves of Bertha and Katherine and a number of local Catholic priests, monks and laymen and women.


St Peter & St Paul, Blockley

Full of human interest and interwoven with the people of this place for more than a thousand years, the church has survived good times and bad.


St John the Baptist, Cirencester

Dubbed the Cathedral of the Cotswolds, Cirencester's brilliant 'wool' church is the largest and, many would say, the finest of them all.


St Faith, Farmcote

The body of this beautiful little chapel is Saxon and fairly early Norman, though the round Saxon apse was destroyed in the early 19th century.

An independent, non profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the county.

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust website

Charming towns and villages, beautiful rolling hills and always plenty to do in Gloucestershire.

Getting here

Gloucestershire has excellent links to the M4 and M5 motorways which afford easy access to and from London, Birmingham and the motorway network. A network of scenic minor roads criss crosses the county. Gloucestershire is also well served by bus, coach and train services.

Birmingham and Bristol airports provide domestic and international scheduled flights.