Spiritual, tourism and pilgrimage

“Our spiritual heritage reflects the essence of who we are as humans and our ability to care for others. Our buildings can provide an opportunity to see God and be known by God.” (Rt. Rev Trevor Willmott Bishop of Dover)

Not only are we blessed with a magnificent world-heritage Cathedral, but the Diocese of Canterbury also has an abundance of beautiful and historic churches, set within some stunning countryside.

We are committed to supporting our churches to open their doors and provide a warm welcome to the visitor.

Heritage Trails

Individually, many of our churches provide their own tourist and visitor information.

We wish to develop this welcome to visitors by creating a number of Diocesan-wide walks, trails and audio tours which can be downloaded prior to someone’s visit.

In 2011, the Diocese of Canterbury brought together twelve partner organisations to raise the profile of spiritual heritage of Sandwich and enhance the visitor experience.

With self-guided tour information and online resources linked to eight sites of religious interest including churches, the Sandwich tourism initiative is a pilot scheme which we plan to replicate in other parts of the county.

Ride and Stride

rideandstride2As a Diocese we support the annual Ride and Stride day.

It encourages people to walk or cycle between their local churches and be sponsored to do so. Not only is it a great day out visiting churches, but also as a way of raising money for their repair and upkeep.

Green Pilgrimage Network

greenpilgrimageThe Communities and Partnerships Framework of the Diocese of Canterbury is a member of the Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN), a global network of pilgrim cities and other sites which are sacred to many different religious traditions. They are all united in sharing a vision “of pilgrims in all continents, and the pilgrim cities that receive them, becoming models of care for the environment and leaving a positive footprint on the earth.” Read more »

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