Visit our buildings

The Church of England's cathedrals and church buildings are places of worship that also make a substantial contribution to the historic environment and heritage tourism.

  • The Church of England is responsible for 16,200 parish churches and 43 mainland cathedrals.
  • 12,500 church buildings are listed. 45% of all England's Grade I listed buildings are cathedrals and churches.
  • St Paul's and Canterbury cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and York Minster are among the top 20 paid attractions.
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral; Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Canterbury; and Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Westminster are World Heritage Sites.
  • Cathedral visits alone are worth an estimated £91m to the local economy and support 2,600 jobs.
  • Approximately 15 million visits are made to those churches and cathedrals regarded as "major tourist attractions" out of an estimated 35-50 million visits made to churches each year (excluding regular worshippers)

Few historic buildings are as easy to visit as a parish church or cathedral and many buildings no longer used for worship are kept open for visitors by charitable trusts. The largest of these is the Churches Conservation Trust. Heritage Open Days and the Ride and Stride weekend also provide excellent opportunities to see historic places of worship.

The Churches Tourism Association is the UK's leading body for promoting best practice in welcoming visitors to places of worship and developing the tourism potential and visitor experience.

While for cathedrals, this central list will give direct access to their individual sites.

If you would like to find out more about welcoming visitors to your own church, click here to go to Churchcare.