Britain’s religious buildings prove huge draw for tourists
For the UK population, they are places of worship but for tourists visiting from abroad, our churches are just as much a part of the sightseeing map as Big Ben or Stonehenge
As many as 22 per cent of visits by overseas residents to the UK last year included a trip to a church or other religious building.
And Brazilians are beating the biggest path to Britain’s religious buildings, according to a new survey.
Brazilians made the most visits, with 55 per cent of their stays including a tour of a religious building, figures from VisitBritain showed.
Australians and Americans made the next most visits to churches or places of worship, followed by Russians and Chinese.
In total, 6.7 million international tourists visited a religious building in the UK last year and those whose trips included visits of this kind spent nearly £5 billion during their stays in the UK.
VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: ‘Whether it’s for the glorious architecture, stained glass windows, connections with famous people or just some peace and quiet – religious buildings have become a fundamental part of our tourism offering.
‘Overseas visitors rate Britain fourth out of 50 nations for built heritage. It is one of the major drivers for international visitors and an asset where Britain is truly world class.’
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