Whether on a Pilgrimage, looking for religious group travel or a specific faith based vacation itinerary we use our skills, experiences and knowledge to design tours that fulfil individual requirements. Based in the heart of South West England our inclusive trips for groups large and small are full of one-of-a-kind experiences & must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation.
Here are a few of our favourite churches, abbeys and cathedrals to visit on a tailor-made group tour of Cornwall & Devon.
Truro is the county town of Cornwall and the neo-Gothic cathedral rises tall over the city. It was the first Anglican cathedral to be constructed in England since St Paul’s in London. Completed in 1910 and built in faux-medieval style with an impressive interior it caused much debate in a predominantly Georgian city.
St Nonna’s Cathedral is known as the ‘cathedral of the moors. This 15th C church which is situated on Bodmin Moor is famous for its 79, 16th C pews which are wonderfully carved on each end with animals and people. Near the church is the rectory which was mentioned by the author Daphne du Maurier in her novel Jamaica Inn.
St Just-in-Roseland Church is situated on the Roseland Peninsula on a creek surrounded by beautiful gardens with palms and magnolias. This 13th C church is on the site of a 6th C Celtic chapel and local legend also tells of Joseph of Arimathea bringing his boy nephew Jesus to Cornwall and landing at St Just-in-Roseland.
St Neot’s Church is in one of Bodmin Moor’s prettiest villages, the 15th C church is famous for its stained-glass windows depicting scenes of Noah’s Ark and St Neot. There is also an Anglo-Saxon cross which is said to have been given to St Neot by King Alfred when he visited the village.
St Enodoc is a tiny 13thC church on the north coast of Cornwall and surrounded by a golf course. This charming church is always associated with John Betjeman, the Poet Laureate who lived in nearby Trebetherick and in buried in the churchyard.
St Petroc’s Church in Padstow dates to the 6th C when Petroc established a church here in AD 518, he is said to have landed in Padstow after he crossed the Irish Sea on a cabbage leaf. The Church is full of historical interest and shouldn’t be missed on a tour of Cornwall’s churches.
Exeter Cathedral is the grandest of Devon and Cornwall’s churches and one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. It dates back 900 years, and is famous for its twin Norman towers, fine Gothic architecture, the 15thC Astronomical Clock and Minstrels’ Gallery. Set in the centre of Exeter and surrounded by the grassy Cathedral Close a visit should included on any tour of Devon and the South West of England.
Buckfast Abbey is set on the banks of the River Dart and was founded in the 11th C. It was rebuilt as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th C and was then demolished and destroyed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. The Abbey was rebuilt by Benedictine monks between 1907-1937 and has striking stained glass windows which were designed by the monks. Buckfast Abbey has a farm which provides the monks with most of their needs, there is also a shop where visitors can by the famous beeswax, tonic wine and other homemade specialities which are made here.
St Mary’s Church in Ottery St Mary is set on a hill and is a smaller version of Exeter Cathedral. It dates from the 13th C and is known for its wonderful Minstrels’ Gallery, Astronomical Clock and the exquisite Apostles’ Widow.
The Church of the Holy Cross in Crediton, stands on a site which was initially occupied by a monastery which was founded by St Boniface. The red sandstone church which you see today dates from about the 15th C and is one of Devon’s grandest churches with so much historic and architectural interest.