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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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Jane Austen circular walk

Jane Austen circular walk

A 4.5-mile circular walk in the heart of Jane Austen country. Start at Jane Austen's House in Chawton and follow in her footsteps across fields...

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  1. 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:

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  2. Add St Peter's Church Sandwich to your Itinerary

    St Peter's Church Sandwich

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    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Sandwich

    The tower of St Peter's dominates the skyline of this town. A long and eventful history has moulded the character of the building. There was once a Norman church on the site. The present church dates from the late 13th and 14th centuries.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Beaulieu Abbey Ruins to your Itinerary

    Beaulieu Abbey Ruins

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    Abbey / Priory

    Location

    Beaulieu

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

  5. Add Priory Cottages to your Itinerary

    Priory Cottages

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Steventon

    Former monastic buildings converted to 2 houses. The south cottage contains the Great Hall of the original priory.

  6. 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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  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. Add Sandham Memorial Chapel to your Itinerary

    Sandham Memorial Chapel

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    This red-brick chapel was built in the 1920s for the artist, Stanley Spencer to fill with murals inspired by his experiences in the First World War. Influenced by Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua, Spencer took five years to complete.

  10. 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!