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.


Fifty English Steeples

“The church steeple is the glory of the English landscape. Over a thousand years it has evolved a grandeur and a beauty unrivalled in Europe. It is the icon of every parish. At last it has achieved its biographer” – Simon Jenkins The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England: an outstanding illustrated study of […]

St Albans Cathedral

Announcing our Annual Symposium

You are warmly invited to join with us on Saturday 22 October from 10.00am onwards in the Library of The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, to share in an interactive workshop thinking about and discussing: The Contribution of Church Buildings to the Mission of the Church The day will begin with a presentation […]


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