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.

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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.

‘Why we…?’ Six leaflets that explain the different elements of Anglican worship

These leaflets were written* to explain to visitors (and regulars) what is going on in worship and why people do certain things like cross themselves and genuflect. Within the Anglican church there are many different traditions which can lead to misunderstandings. They cover six topics: Making the sign of the cross sign of the cross Genuflecting and […]

CVTA September 2019 Newsletter

Read the new CVTA NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2019 . Find out more about the forthcoming CVTA Conference in Manchester and read about Shropshire’s Mayflower Children and the fascinating story, visitors to the parish church of St James, Shipton, near Much Wenlock, in deepest rural Shropshire  will discover. A plaque tells of the four young children of Katharine More who […]


Welcoming visitors to our churches: what works and what gets in the way?

When: Saturday 20th, July, 2019
Where: St Michael and All Angels church, Thornhill WF12 0JZ.
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