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 elects a new chairman

Cathedrals Plus is delighted to announce the election of The Very Reverend John Davies, MA, MPhil, PhD, Dean of Wells, as its new chairman. He takes over from Charles Taylor, former Dean of Peterborough who steps down having served his full term and beyond.

The Very Reverend Dr John Davies studied at Keble College, Oxford and then at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge for his MPhil, before doing his Doctorate at Lancaster University.

He studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. His first curacy was at Liverpool Parish Church, from 1984 to 1987 and he then moved to Peterborough Parish Church, from 1987 to 1990 and was also Minor Canon at Peterborough Cathedral from 1988 to 1990.

From 1990 to 1994 he was Vicar at St Margaret, Anfield in Liverpool diocese, before taking up the post in 1994 as Chaplain, Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology at Keble College, Oxford where he was until 1999. From 1999 to 2010 he was Vicar of Melbourne, in Derby diocese whilst also serving as Diocesan Director of Ordinands. From 2007 to 2010 he was also Priest-in- Charge of Ticknall, Smisby and Stanton by Bridge in Derby diocese. Since 2010 he has been Dean of Derby.

His interests include foreign travel, hospitality and walking

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.

Interpreting the Stones

Cathedrals Plus is pleased to announce that it is holding a one-day conference at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday 11th January 2019. Titled "Interpreting The Stones" it will have something for both education and visiting departments. Kindly hosted by St Paul's Education Department, our keynote speaker will be The Rev'd Mark Oakley, Dean of College at St John's, Cambridge.


The event will represent a very welcome return to business for the charity following the hiatus from holding its annual conference in 2018 due to a commitment to Sacred Spaces 2018 at Manchester. All are welcome, although space and numbers are limited, and so it is advised that early booking is desirable.


Booking forms can be obtained from The Secretary of Cathedrals Plus.


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