What to see outside


Churchyards are much more than just the green space around a church.

They are spaces for quiet, natural habitats and places to explore your history and heritage.

Until the 19th century churches and churchyards were the only place where people could be buried, and as such, are very important places for history and archaeology, revealing evidence of the past and of the lives of people who have lived and worked in the parish.

They also provide a sanctuary for a rich diversity of trees, plants, animals and insects and some are classed as sites of special scientific interest.

plan of what to see outside a parish church

(text and images courtesy of Heritage Inspired)