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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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West Berkshire Museum

West Berkshire Museum

The museum has benefitted from an amazing £2.26 million transformation which includes restoration of the historic Cloth Hall and Corn Stores,...

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  1. Add Church of The Holy Sepulchre to your Itinerary

    Church of The Holy Sepulchre

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Ashington

    A country gem from a gentler era.....

    The setting of this 13th-century sandstone church – with splendid views across to the Iron Age fort of Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs – is lovely, but the building itself surpasses all expectations.

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  2. Add Rochester Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Rochester Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Location

    Rochester

    Consecrated in AD604, the present building dates from 1080. A blend of Norman and Gothic architecture raised above a crypt with medieval wall paintings.

  3. Add Tudor History Tours to your Itinerary

    Tudor History Tours

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    Station Parade, Eastbourne

    Unique holidays in Southern England, brought to you by Tudor History Tours, who offer an unrivalled opportunity to bring this period in our nation’s history to life!

  4. Add St James' Church to your Itinerary

    St James' Church

    Type

    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.

  5. Add St Bartholomew Church to your Itinerary

    St Bartholomew Church

    Type

    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.

  6. Add Guildford Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Guildford Cathedral

    Type

    Cathedral / Minister

    Location

    Guildford

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

  7. Add St. Thomas a Becket Church to your Itinerary

    St. Thomas a Becket Church

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Capel

    Basically a Norman church from the 14th Century with significant wall paintings of 13th Century on the north wall.

  8. Add Beaulieu Abbey Ruins to your Itinerary

    Beaulieu Abbey Ruins

    Type

    Abbey / Priory

    Location

    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu Abbey Ruins date back to the 13th Century and were partly distroyed in the 15th Century.

  9. Add St Mary's Church Pitstone to your Itinerary

    St Mary's Church Pitstone

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Leighton Buzzard

    An unspoilt Medieval atmosphere

    St Mary’s is set on a hillside, below the Chiltern escarpment but above the new village stretching along the valley floor. The building dates from the 13th- and 15th-centuries.

    It has a tall tower, a long nave and a chancel with beautifully carved capitals. Its...

  10. Add Hospital of St Cross to your Itinerary

    Hospital of St Cross

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Winchester

    Medieval almshouses, church, ambulatory, Brethren's Hall and kitchen, Master's garden.