ComRes Visiting Churches Poll: 49% of British adults visited a church in last year

ComRes Visiting Churches Poll: 49% of British adults visited a church in last year

The National Churches Trust’s poll of 2,037 British people, conducted by ComRes in September 2018, which shows that 49% of British adults visited a church, chapel or meeting house in the last year. That is equivalent to 25 million people.

 24% said they had visited a church building, chapel, or meeting house to attend a life event, such as a wedding, funeral or baptism, 22% had visited for tourism and 11% for religious activity such as Mass, a worship service or prayer.

8% said they had visited to find a quiet space to escape the hustle and bustle or to light a candle.

Wales and the South West of England had the highest percentage of people visiting a church, both at 56%, with the West Midlands (38%) and Scotland (36%) the lowest percentages.

Almost a quarter of British people said they would be more inclined to visit a church as a leisure activity or tourist attraction if there were better visitor friendly facilities such as accessible toilets, a café or nearby parking (23%) with 20% saying that cultural events including concerts or exhibitions would attract them.