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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 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.

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

    St Mary's Church Pitstone

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    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...

  3. 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.

  4. Add Stonor Park to your Itinerary

    Stonor Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Henley-on-Thames

    House built between 12th and 18thC with a 13thC chapel. Has connections with Catholicism and exhibition of the work and life of Edmund Campion, furniture, tapestries and paintings.

  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 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.

  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 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.

  9. Add St Thomas' Church to your Itinerary

    St Thomas' Church

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    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...

  10. 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...