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

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.

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Dickensian Churches

Just in time for Christmas, ChurchDays has published a new feature on churches that appear in the life and works of Charles Dickens. They include the originals of locations such as the churchyard in which the convict Magwitch first meets Pip in Great Expectations. St Bartholomew, Tong in Shropshire is where in 1910, the verger […]

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CVTA Newsletter November 2016

The cvta-newsletter-november-2016 is now available. It includes a report back from an inspirational CVTA symposium held at St Albans Cathedral in October 2016. There is a summary of the talk given on the results of a st-albans-shrine-survey-presentation-22-october-2016 of those who came to the Cathedral and either intentionally or in the process of visiting lit a candle […]

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