It’s no secret that the UK is home to a host of fascinating and beautiful churches, but with so many religious buildings dotted around the country it can be difficult to know where it’s best to visit if you want to see the best of them.
Now one organisation has carried out a survey to highlight where you should go if you’re looking for the likes of the country’s best stained glass windows, or the area with the most churches with pretty graveyards.
The Daily Mail shared the findings of the Explorechurches.org research, which named Greater London as the most visitor-friendly area, Cornwall the county with the most wildlife-friendly churches, and Norfolk as the place to go for the best social history and interiors in its churches.
Among the other highlights are Cumbria, which took top spot in the category for the most atmospheric experiences, and Suffolk where you’ll find the greatest array of stunning stained glass in the county’s churches.
In Suffolk, for instance, 72 per cent of its churches were found to house the most spectacular stained glass windows, either because of the people they depict, their designs or the famous artists and designers who created them.
Shropshire, meanwhile, was named as the place with the most charming churchyards as 96 per cent of its churches list them as significant features.
The county also took joint first place with Norfolk in the category relating to interior features. 96 per cent of churches in both counties are recognised for their interior features, which the newspaper explained included “furniture, embroidered altar cloths, art, sculptures, carvings in wood and stone, and ancient and modern wall and ceiling paintings”.
Of course, our cathedrals take things to the next level and are popular visitor attractions as well as places of worship. Earlier this year England Explore shared a list of the top ten cathedrals to visit in England, with York Minister in the number one spot.
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