Category Archives: Cathedrals

Turning Tourists into Visitors and Visitors into Pilgrims

Thanks to a collaboration between the British Pilgrimage Trust and the Association of English Cathedrals, this initiative to mark 2020 Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage, will ensure there is a pilgrimage route for every Church of England cathedral taking in established wayfarer routes, other places of faith, spiritual pathways and lesser known pilgrim ways. 2020 […]

Cathedral Visitors up by 1 million

England’s cathedrals have witnessed their highest Easter congregation numbers in recent years, while visitor numbers increased by a million on the previous year, statistics published last month show. Cathedrals reported nearly ten million visitors in 2018, an increase of over 10 per cent on the previous year. There were additionally over a million visitors to […]


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Durham Cathedral wins Innovation Award for LEGO model

Durham Cathedral has won the Hudson’s Heritage Award 2017 for Best Innovation for its clever and highly successful fundraising project where visitors were encouraged to buy a LEGO brick which was then added to a detailed model of the cathedral. In November last year it also won Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign at the Institute of […]

Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals Past and Present

The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture (CSCC) has recently completed a 3 year interdisciplinary research project into pilgrimage past and present, which has produced new and exciting information about why and (more importantly) how people are engaging with sacred places. The results from the four case study cathedrals have significant implications for […]

Durham Cathedral Open Treasures launched

Last week on the 23rd July, Durham Cathedral launched its new Open Treasures exhibition. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasures, part of a major development project which has transformed how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it. Open Treasure gives visitors access to […]

Ely Cathedral launches new app

Ely Cathedral is to become the latest Cathedral to launch its own app – allowing visitors to navigate their way round the 900-year-old site. The App, which is available for download on most smartphones and tablets, will tell users about the history of the site, provide tour routes and information about the architecture and iconic […]

Hudson’s Heritage Awards 2016 shortlist

Chester Cathedral and Durham Cathedral Woodlands are both included in the shortlist for the 2016 Hudson’s Heritage Awards. Established in 2011 the Hudson’s Heritage Awards are an independent scheme, judged by an expert panel chaired by Norman Hudson OBE. The awards celebrate the best visitor experiences at heritage attractions in the UK each year including […]

More than 10 million people visited Cathedrals in England in 2014

According to new figures published today, more than 10 million people visited Church of England’s Cathedrals last year. The research according to new figures published last week in the Church of England’s Cathedral Research and Statistics Report. Research also revealed that the highest motivating factors for Cathedral attendance were peace and contemplation, worship and music and […]

Cathedrals of the Church of England – new book launched

‘England has no finer treasure than its cathedrals’ writes the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge in his introduction to Cathedrals of the Church of England by Janet Gough, Director of Churchcare. The part of Scala Publisher’s successful Director’s Choice series in which directors of leading arts or heritage bodies present their personal take on […]