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Welcome to Cathedrals Plus

Engaging visitors in places of Christian worship

Through this website you can view our guide to members of the association. These include Cathedrals, Churches, Abbeys and Shrines in the UK and Ireland. Members' pages in the guide give an outline of basic visitor information consisting of times of opening, how to get there, any charges involved, significant historical and architectural features and times of worship. From there you can go direct to their individual websites which are much more detailed and present real time information. The aim of the association is to help members welcome visitors, so we hope that this site will help you before visiting them. Whilst here, you can also learn more about the association and how to become a member.

Cathedrals Plus conference 2019 is at St Albans

Tuesday, 17th September - Thursday, 19th September.

An invitation from Fr. Kevin Walton…

St Albans Cathedral is the oldest continuous place of Christian worship in Britain, with the shrine of Britain's first saint, but it is also on the verge of an exciting new phase of its life. We will just have opened our new welcome and learning centres and new interpretation scheme, and are about to unveil the illumination of our unique nave wall paintings. We also are in the process of restoring our second medieval shrine, of St Amphibalus, the priest sheltered by Alban. All of this is what makes up our project Alban, Britain's First Saint: Telling the whole story.

In this conference, we want to explore together how we all, with our rich variety of heritage and context, are telling our stories, and through that are seeking to engage with wider audiences through activities, events, interpretation, welcome, marketing. Workshops and speakers plan to focus on schools, adult learners, and millennials, SEND groups, visitors and pilgrims. Last but not least, delegates will be able to benefit from what boasts to be the nation's densest concentration of traditional pubs...

I hope to see you here in September,

Kevin.

The Revd Dr Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor
Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban
Sumpter Yard
St Albans
AL1 1BY

To find out more, or to book your place, email: secretary@cathedralsplus.org.uk

 

Our members

Cathedrals Plus has as members Cathedrals and Churches of all denominations who receive significant numbers of visitors and is international in its membership. These include almost all Church of England Cathedrals, together with three of the Roman Catholic Cathedrals: those in London, Norwich and Liverpool. Wesley's Chapel and the Methodist Central Hall are members as are several large Churches and Abbeys throughout England, including Sherborne and Buckfast Abbeys. We are attracting a significant number of parish churches that are keen to develop their visitor welcome and education provision. We also include three of the Irish Cathedrals and St Patrick's Purgatory on Lough Derg, four Welsh cathedrals and St George's Memorial Chapel in Ypres. Find out more about places to visit in our guide or through our interactive map.


Spotlight

Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral is an amazingly light, airy and friendly space, exhibiting a good blend of early Georgian and C20 architecture and some significant pieces of modern art. Widely renowned for its music, the Cathedral has a world class organ, wonderful acoustics and six exceptional choirs. Our creative and often ground-breaking responses to the inner urban context of the Cathedral and diversity of the town make this a Cathedral for everyone.

Find out more about Blackburn Cathedral