As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations in 2013, The National Churches Trust’s ‘The UK’s Favourite Churches’ initiative promoted awareness of churches as some of the UK’s most important and best loved buildings and of the need for continuing funding to keep them in good repair for future generations.

The UK’s 42,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses are a tremendous asset to the nation. Together, they form an unparalleled network of public buildings which sustain local communities.

The UK’s Favourite Churches’ is a celebration of some of our most loved and interesting places of worship. There is plenty to see and much history to be discovered.

When you visit a church, do remember that keeping churches, chapels and meeting houses looking beautiful, and able to cope with the demands of the 21st century, costs money. Replacing a leaking roof, fixing a leaning spire or repairing precious medieval stonework can cost many hundreds of thousands of pounds - which is much more than most church congregations can afford.

Since 1953, the National Churches Trust has played its part in helping to keep churches open throughout the UK. We have provided over 12,000 grants and loans to help pay for urgent repairs to places of worship of all the major Christian denominations. Partly as a result, today many of the UK’s churches are in a far better condition than they were 60 years ago.

Over the next 60 years, churches will continue to need help from the National Churches Trust and other funders. As we look to the future, we remain grateful to our donors and Friends for their generosity which allows us to keep more churches in good repair for worship, of benefit to local people and open to visitors wanting to discover their fascinating art, architecture and history.

If you would like to support our work, please visit our website and consider becoming a Friend.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive, National Churches Trust

Claire Walker
Chief Executive, National Churches Trust