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Virtual Church Tours

LeicesterPhoto create “Google Streetview-esque” virtual tours of church buildings around the UK, and recently delivered a major project for Crowland Abbey, in Lincolnshire.

Chris Jones from LeicesterPhoto has been creating virtual tours for churches since 2011. In 2012, he became one of the first accredited photographers to use Google’s streetview technology, enabling him to create virtual 360 walkthroughs of any church or building.

Chris’s first project was St Mary de Castro in Leicester - the first church in Europe to use this technology. Since then LeicesterPhoto have created virtual tours for various churches across the country.

This technology allows anyone anywhere in the world to experience a walking tour of the churches. It also helps to create an online presence for the churches.

LeicesterPhoto realised the impact these 360 tours could have on the sector, and decided to expand their offering to include website design and enhancements to the basic walkthroughs. This allowed them to offer churches a full “one-stop” solution, from photography and web design, to the creation of 360 online tours, complete with info panels and built in pop ups.

St Mary the Virgin Bottesford


Crowland Abbey

LeicesterPhoto recently completed a major project for Crowland Abbey, which included a specially created website, virtual tour and photography. 

Chris Jones said:

“Crowland Abbey was a fantastic opportunity to create an interesting website with some interesting features that could then be handed over to the project leaders for them to locally manage. We are always there supporting them and the site has been a great success.” 

Chris has plans to return to Crowland Abbey to film the church using UAV drones. LeicesterPhoto are fully CAA accredited, trained and insured to fly commercial drones, and they believe this will allow them to offer even more impressive and complete visual solutions for churches around the UK.

Aerial photography can provide a whole new perspective of buildings and landscapes, and of course is particularly useful for survey work on roofs and spires. Not only can they provide excellent resources for marketing and increasing the profile of churches, but they also facilitate far easier and cheaper roof surveying. 

LeicesterPhoto and Chris are members of the National Churches Trust’s Professional Trades Directory, which is a fully searchable Directory of conservators and contractors whose work includes the restoration and maintenance of historic church buildings in the UK. Click here to find out more about LeicesterPhoto.

We are currently welcoming new members to our Professional Trades Directory. If you would like to learn more, or sign up, please visit our Professional Trades Directory.

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St Mary de Castro, Leicester

Kind Richard III, Leicester Cathedral

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