Welcome to the Churches Visitor & Tourism Association

The UK’s leading body for promoting best practice in welcoming visitors to places of worship.

Do you love visiting churches? Find out about open churches across the UK here:

Our vision

Our work is all about developing the tourism potential and visitor experience of a unique part of our historical and contemporary sacred heritage, captured for the future, living in the present, and distinctive to the location of every community across the land.

Please consider joining us:

CVTA membership


There are many things, large and small; simple or more complicated, which churches can do to attract more visitors, to give them a warm welcome, an enjoyable experience and to encourage them to return.

All churches are unique, with different and distinctive features and settings. What is appropriate and realistic in one church may not be the case in another. However, there are a few simple steps which can be undertaken by every church.


Latest news

Discover the latest news, ideas and resources for opening your church for visitors, interpreting your heritage, getting funding or organising events.

Scottish churches

MPs launch rural tourism inquiry

AN influential committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into the role of tourism in supporting rural growth in England. Rural tourism provides around £17 billion a year to the English economy. But rural communities face some particular challenges to tourism growth such as transport connections, restrictions to broadband access and seasonal employment. Now the Environment, […]

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CVTA June 2016 Newsletter

The CVTA NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2016 is now out. It includes dates for your diary, plus a fascinating report back from the Chair of CVTA, Canon John Brown on his recent trip to Liverpool to attend a CVTA seminar which included visiting several churches in the south west of the city.


Exhibition of Stained Glass by Margaret Rope

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When: Monday 12th, September, 2016
Where: Shrewsbury Museum
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