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Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

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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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Guildford Museum

Guildford Museum

Set in a series of historic buildings just a couple of minutes walk from Guildford High Street, the Museum is full of charm and interest. Browse...

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  1. Add St John's Jerusalem to your Itinerary

    St John's Jerusalem

    Type

    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.

  2. Add Sandham Memorial Chapel to your Itinerary

    Sandham Memorial Chapel

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Burghclere

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Canterbury Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Canterbury Cathedral

    Type

    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.

  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 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 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.

  8. Add St Thomas' Church to your Itinerary

    St Thomas' Church

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Location

    Hungerford

    Alabaster nobles and wall paintings in a rural idyll.

    This simple little church, with pre-Norman origins, stands in an idyllic spot beside a water meadow next to the River Lambourn.

    Its village has long since vanished, but the spirit of the villagers shines through in the church’s simple...

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

    Church of St Peter and St Paul

    Type

    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...

  10. Add Chichester Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Chichester Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Location

    Chichester

    In the heart of Chichester, a magnificent Cathedral with treasures ranging from medieval stone carvings to world famous 20th Century artworks. Free entry and free guided tours. Exhibitions, concerts and special trails for children.