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Unusual churches in Britain

Discover Britain's unique places of worship

There are thousands of unusual churches in Britain from awe-inspiring cathedrals such as the Metropolitan in Liverpool to small, bewitching churches like Roslyn near Edinburgh. Here's a little taster of the treasures out there.

Greyfriars Kirk - Edinburgh

Greyfriars Kirk in Scotland's magnificent capital Edinburgh has a significant place in Scottish history. It was the focus of radical Covenanters seeking Scottish self-determination in matters of Kirk and state. There is also a romantic tale of a devoted dog, Greyfriar's Bobby, subject of a new film.

 

Holy Trinity - Long Melford

Long Melford is a busy village which hosts lots of events, including regular antiques and books fairs. Holy Trinity, the town's focus, was built in the 15th century and is one of the great Suffolk wool churches - a real treasure-house of English medieval art.

St Giles' - Wrexham

This is one of the most important medieval churches in Britain and the largest in Wales. The tower of St Giles is famous as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. St Giles is located in Wrexham.

 

St Mary's - Fairford

St Mary's Fairford, in Gloucestershire's astoundingly beautiful Cotswolds region, is a truly outstanding gallery of church art. Its 28 colourful windows comprise England's only complete set of medieval narrative glass - from the inside it is like one great illuminated storybook.

St Mary's - Whitby

From its magnificent headland position overlooking the town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, St Mary's Abbey gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula. The unusual interior still has its 18th-century three-decker pulpit, complete with an ear trumpet, the relic of a 19th-century vicar's deaf wife!


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