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.

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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.

March 2020 CVTA Newsletter

Read the latest CVTA NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2020. Contains mentions of pews, a trip to Northern Ireland and new visitor opportunities in Wales.

Wales’ churches and chapels linked in religious trail

A pilgrimage trail will link 500 churches and chapels in Wales and help to rediscover the many fascinating ancient churches and chapels. The National Churches Trust’s (NCT) ExloreChurches joined forces with Visit Wales to plan the 440-mile (708km) route


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