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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Membership

Resources

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.

Resources

Latest news

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

Wales’ churches and chapels linked in religious trail

A pilgrimage trail will link 500 churches and chapels in Wales and help to rediscover the many fascinating ancient churches and chapels. The National Churches Trust’s (NCT) ExloreChurches joined forces with Visit Wales to plan the 440-mile (708km) route

Counting church visitor numbers goes digital

Do churches know the number of visitors that pass through their doors? On 4 October 2019, the National Churches Trust launched the Great Church Visitor Count, a research project which will see 40 digital counters installed at parish churches and chapels in England and Wales. Unlike cathedrals, museums and historic houses, there is no reliable […]

Events

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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