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Canterbury Cathedral, Kent

Canterbury Cathedral, Kent

Churches & Cathedrals

If you are planning on visiting some of the most historically important cathedrals in England, then look no further than the South East. From the centuries old centre of the Anglican Church to one of the newest cathedrals in England, South East England has it all.

Cathedrals of Culture

No cathedral sightseeing day out in England would be complete without visiting Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire, where at this magnificent structure you will learn about the fundamental role it has played in the history of Britain.

Also in South East England is the centre of the Anglican Church, Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, one of the oldest and greatest cathedrals in England. While you are in Kent be sure not to miss Rochester Cathedral, England’s second oldest cathedral.

Why not make a day of it by visiting a city that has two cathedrals for the price of one, Portsmouth in Hampshire? The city is home to both St John's Catholic Cathedral and the Anglican Cathedral Church of St Thomas.

In complete contrast, less than 100 years old, Guildford Cathedral in Surrey is one of the newest cathedrals in England. Here you can admire the contrast between the Brutalist brick exterior and the light, soaring gothic arches inside.

Churches Conservation Trust

The South East is also home to many churches that tell the story of the history and heritage of the region, none more so than the Churches Conservation Trust that preserves dozens of the region's religious buildings. Browse the list below or use the search box on the left to see what hidden gems you can visit on your trip to the South of England.  

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Southampton Guildhall

Southampton Guildhall

O2 Guildhall Southampton is the South's largest multipurpose entertainment venue. Hosting some of the biggest names in music from Pink Floyd & David...

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  1. Add 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield to your Itinerary

    1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield

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    Abbey / Priory

    Location

    Battle

    An abbey founded by William the Conqueror on the site of the Battle of Hastings. Battlefield views and new visitor centre with film and interactive exhibition.

  2. Add Church of St Peter and St Paul to your Itinerary

    Church of St Peter and St Paul

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Guildford

    An ancient Saxon church in a lovely parkland setting

    This charming, ancient church, dating from Saxon and Norman times, is a flint-walled gem, set amongst the trees of beautiful Albury Park above the gently running River Tilling. It is full of contrasts and surprises. Inside, you'll find:

    a...

  3. Add St John's Jerusalem to your Itinerary

    St John's Jerusalem

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    Garden

    Location

    Dartford

    A large garden moated by the River Darent around former 13thC chapel, Commandery of Hospitallers, a small part of which was converted to a billiard room.

  4. Add Guildford Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

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    Guildford

    Guildford Cathedral is a modern Cathedral with a beautiful interior and an amazing story.

  5. Add St Mary's Church, Itchen Stoke to your Itinerary

    St Mary's Church, Itchen Stoke

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Alresford

    A jewel inspired by the chapel of French kings

    St Mary's was built in 1866, by Henry Conybeare for his brother who was the Rector of the church, and felt the previous church was cold and damp.

    He himself bore most of the cost, with the parishioners contributing £50 towards the cost of the...

  6. Add St James' Church to your Itinerary

    St James' Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Rochester

    St James' Church dates from the late 13th century. No evidence of an earlier building survives. It seems likely that the de Cobham family, who held the manor from 1241, were instrumental in its construction.

  7. Add St Bartholomew Church to your Itinerary

    St Bartholomew Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Reading

    The old flint church of Basildon lies close to the Thames below Goring. The nave was built early in the 13thC, the taller chancel has lovely traceried windows.

  8. Add Canterbury Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Canterbury Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Location

    Canterbury

    Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.

  9. Add St Peter’s, Preston Park to your Itinerary

    St Peter’s, Preston Park

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Brighton

    This simple square-towered church, built from flint rubble, is 800-years old. It stands in the beautiful landscaped park of Preston Manor. Now all looks serene but in 1906 the church was damaged by fire and nearly lost its greatest treasures - its 14th-century wallpaintings. Today, the paintings...

  10. Add Bayham Old Abbey to your Itinerary

    Bayham Old Abbey

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    Abbey / Priory

    Impressive ruins of Abbey founded 1208 by Premonstratensian monks and dissolved by Wolsey in 1525. Ruins of church buildings and gatehouse, set in valley of River Teise.