Church Tourism

last updated on: 22nd Apr 2013

Tourism Officer:
Revd Dr Peter Hooper
23 Ferndale Drive
T: 0116 239 4606

There are hundreds of beautiful and historic churches around Leicestershire, all with unique and fascinating aspects of interest.

In some ways, they are such a familiar part of the landscape of Leicester and Leicestershire that it is all too easy to pass them by. But for those who enter in there are many beautiful decorative features, stories and tranquil moments waiting to be experienced.

One of the ways to help people discover these churches is through Treasures Unlocked. 

Treasures UnlockedThroughout the Diocese of Leicester there are many churches that contain fascinating features which appeal to a wide range of visitors. From beautiful stained glass to unique historical links, unusual architectural features or simply being a very special place of rest.

The Diocese, via the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, withGo Leicestershire, has selected 12 special churches, each one offering something unique. Each is close to a tourist attraction and can be part of a day out, with all the details of the church available online. All churches belong to the whole community and most are open, although hours vary. 


Below are some links that may help to inspire you:

The National Churches Trust, a member of The Heritage Alliance, has recently published its first colour magazine This twice-yearly publication brings news of the Trust's activities and promotes and supports churches, chapels and meeting houses across the country. can be viewed online at the National Churches Trust website

Leicestershire & Rutland Church Project

Churches Tourism Association

LeicesterShire Promotions Ltd

Herefore Diocese have launched of a new toolkit, which takes churches through the process of opening up their church for wider community use. Download the Toolkit Here

Places of Worship @ Heritage Link, the group that brings together faith organisations inside and outside The Heritage Alliance, has published its own Manifesto. The Manifesto calls for the continuation beyond 2011 of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme; protection of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s share of lottery funds; increased partnership working to meet shared objectives; closer working relationships with Local Authorities and greater public awareness of historic places of worship and the risks they face. 
Download a copy of the full Manifesto Here

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