Category Archives: Research and recording

Interpreting religious heritage – a new study

Interpreting Religious Heritage looked at the different ways that churches can promote themselves and their religious heritage. It was undertaken by four American students as their Interactive Qualifying Project submitted to the Faculty of  Worcester Polytechnic Institute in partial fulfilment of the requirements for their BSc degree. This was a partnership between Worcester Polytechnic Institute […]


UK Visitor Attractions see 6.5% increase in visitor numbers in 2014

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) [Alliance member] has announced its members’ visitor figures for 2014 showing an average increase of 6.5% on 2013 visitor numbers. The British Museum remained the most popular visitor attraction overall for the 8th year running with 6,695,213 visitors. In 2nd place was the National Gallery, which saw a 6.4% increase to […]


Visit Britain statistics on visitors to Britain

Visit Britain provides annual statistics on visitors to Britain, both domestic and from abroad Each year, VisitEngland invites all English visitor attractions to take part in an annual survey, recording visitor numbers alongside other key information such as entrance fees and visitor profiles. There are also figures for Wales , Scotland  and Northern Ireland    


The Economic and Social Impact of England’s Cathedrals

A piece of research commissioned by the Association of English Cathedrals to provide an assessment of the economic and social impacts of England’s cathedrals. The purpose of this research is to update the assessment of the economic and social impacts of England’s cathedrals provided by a 2004 study. The framework used to assess economic impacts […]


CCT Visitor Survey (2006)

In 2006, the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) undertook a survey of visitors to churches in its care. You can download two presentations which explain the results cct_visitorsurvey 2006 with graphs cctvisitorsurvey2006  



Unlocking the Potential of Church Tourism

This article, written in 2009, by Andrew Duff examines tourism trends and suggests ways to unlock the potential of church tourism. There are synergies to be gained from local authorities and businesses working with churches to enhance the local tourism offer. This article examines the increase in church tourism and provides guidance on how destination managers […]


Cathedrals & Parish Churches report

Cathedrals and Parish Churches in Relation – or not! A report on responses to a questionnaire jointly sponsored by Cathedrals Plus and the Churches Tourism Association, regarding the relationship between Cathedrals and the Parish Churches of their Dioceses. Published in 2011. cathedrals_and_parishchurches


Church Tourism Study

This is a personal blog being undertaken by the Revd Nigel Lacey, St Lawrence, West Wycombe who is visiting places of worship across the country by bike to find out what individual churches are offering visitors. It is a personal view, but does offer valuable insight into what is involved in offering a good welcome […]


More churches open to visit

Results of the Church of England’s 2005 Parochial Returns reveal an encouraging growth in the number of churches open and with facilities to cater for visitors and community users. Only a minority are now closed to visitors outside service times. As part of the 2005 Parochial Returns, parishes were asked two ‘one-off questions’ as follows:  What facilities […]