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Rochester Cathedral

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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's cathedrals contain striking and unique features you may not have known about.

Why visit a cathedral?

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. It has the greatest length of any gothic cathedral in Europe and is the final resting place of Jane Austen.

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. It's been the spiritual head of the Church of England for nearly 500 years and been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

While you are in Kent be sure not to miss Rochester Cathedral, England’s second oldest cathedral, dating back to the year 604. The old meets the new with ancient history brought to life by ancient visits and entry to the cathedral is free of charge.

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.

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.

Over the border in Sussex, Chichester Cathedral has dominated the city's landscape for more than 900 years and is also free to enter. Artefacts range from ancient stone carvings to 20th Century works of art.

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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Number of results: 26

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  1. Stonor Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    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.

  2. Canterbury Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Canterbury

    Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.

  3. St John's Jerusalem

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    Garden

    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.

  4. Romsey Abbey

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    Abbey / Priory

    Romsey

    Romsey Abbey is situated in the centre of Romsey and is the largest Parish Church in Hampshire. It’s home to a number of treasures, open daily and fully accessible. You will receive a warm welcome from the Abbey Stewards. Self-guiding leaflets and...

  5. St Augustine's Abbey

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    Abbey / Priory

    Canterbury

    This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine.

  6. St Bartholomew Church

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    Church / Chapel

    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.

  7. Tudor History Tours

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    Walking Tour

    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!

  8. Winchester Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Winchester

    Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.

  9. Hospital of St Cross

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    Historic House / Palace

    Winchester

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

  10. Church of St Peter and St Paul

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    Church / Chapel

    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...

  11. St Peter’s, Preston Park

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    Church / Chapel

    Brighton

    This simple square-towered church, built from flint rubble, is 800-years old. It stands in the beautiful landscaped park of Preston Manor. Now all looks serene but in 1906 the church was damaged by fire and nearly lost its greatest treasures - its...

  12. St Thomas' Church

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    Church / Chapel

    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...

  13. Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Guildford

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

  14. Woburn Abbey

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    Abbey / Priory

    Milton Keynes

    Woburn Abbey is set in 3,000 acres of beautiful grounds.

  15. St Mary's Church, Itchen Stoke

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    Church / Chapel

    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...

  16. St. Thomas a Becket Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Capel Le Ferne

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

  17. St James' Church

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    Church / Chapel

    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.

  18. St Mary's Church Pitstone

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    Church / Chapel

    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...

  19. Church of The Holy Sepulchre

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    Church / Chapel

    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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  20. 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.