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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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Nuffield Theatre

Nuffield Theatre

Nuffield is a multi-award winning professional producing theatre company based in Southampton. It has a reputation for innovation and quality,...

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  1. Add 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield to your Itinerary

    1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield

    Type

    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 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...

  3. Add Rochester Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Rochester Cathedral

    Type

    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 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.

  5. 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!

  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 Church of The Holy Sepulchre to your Itinerary

    Church of The Holy Sepulchre

    Type

    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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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...