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National Churches Trust – Visiting Churches Survey

National Churches Trust commissioned this survey to understand the reasons why the public visit churches, chapels or meeting houses and what would make them more likely to visit for tourism or leisure

  • British adults are most likely to have visited a church building, chapel, or meeting house for life events (24%) or for tourism (22%) in the past year
  • However, half (51%) of British adults have not visited a church building, chapel, or meeting house in the past year
  • Almost a quarter (23%) of British adults would be more likely to visit a church building, chapel or meeting house as a leisure activity or tourist attraction, if there were visitor friendly facilities, whilst one in five would be more likely to visit if there were cultural events (20%) or if they knew in advance that the door of the building is unlocked for visitors (19%)

Date Published: 22/10/2018

Categories: Faith | GB | Public and communities | Social

Client: National Churches Trust


ComRes interviewed 2,037 adults in Great Britain online between 14th – 16th September 2018. Data are weighted to be demographically representative of all UK adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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