Welcome to the Churches Visitor & Tourism Association

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

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Annual Conference & AGM

Friday & Saturday 13 – 14 October in York

Join us for our friendly, informative and fun annual conference.


Full conference programme now available.

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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.

Open Welcome – a toolkit for rural churches

Open welcome is a toolkit for rural churches called Open Welcome. It has been produced by Germinate with rural churches in mind as an encouragement for them to open their doors to visitors in a way that helps to tell the faith story. If church buildings have the capacity to move people in that way then […]

Bells and Bikes: on the Tour de France big ring for Yorkshire and its churches

This is the story of how Yorkshire Churches were brought centre stage for the Tour de France when Yorkshire became the host for the 2014 Grand Départ. Rod Ismay has a passion (some would say obsession) for the Tour de France. If you think you know someone who is obsessed, think again, but fortunately Rod’s issues […]


Managing major building projects

When: Thursday 26th, February, 2015
Where: Hope Church at St David’s, Westbourne Road, Islington, London, N7 8AB

Summer Celebration at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Faversham

When: Saturday 30th, May, 2015
Where: National Shrine of Saint Jude in Faversham

Annual Art Exhibition at St Mary’s Church, Thirsk

When: Saturday 30th, May, 2015
Where: St Mary’s Church, Thirsk
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