Helping churches and chapels in Wales
The National Churches Trust is the only national, independent charity that supports churches, chapels and meeting houses open for worship throughout the UK. We work closely with 35 local churches trusts throughout England and with partner organisations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The National Churches Trust has been supporting churches, chapels and meeting houses in Wales for many years. Since 2010, we have helped protect 22 places of worship in Wales - belonging to a wide variety of denominations - with £300,000 of funding for urgent repairs and essential modernisation.
You can see all of the churches, chapels and meeting houses we have helped on our interactive map.
A selection are available to view in the slide show at the bottom of this page.
Our Work in Wales
The National Churches Trust works with a wide variety of Christian denominations and organisations responsible for the care and promotion of church and chapel heritage in Wales.
There are an estimated 4,500 churches and chapels in Wales. Around 45% of these are listed due to their historical and architectural significance. The job of raising money and finding volunteers to care for places of worship is becoming harder and so new ways of supporting these important buildings may be needed.
Since 2012 the Trust has facilitated discussions on the best way of supporting places of worship in Wales, where there is no equivalent of the local churches trusts which exist in much of the rest of the UK.
During 2014 this initiative took on a new form when the Churches Tourism Network Wales, in partnership with The National Churches Trust and the Church in Wales, agreed to be the vehicle for taking forward this work, under the name Sanctaidd.
In July 2017 Huw Edwards, broadcaster and journalist and Vice President of the National Churches Trust launched the 'Sacred Wales – Cymru Sanctaidd' competition, calling on the public to vote for the Welsh church or chapel they liked the most.
Tabernacle Chapel was revealed as the winner with 7,081 people voting for it as their favourite.