Greetings fellow Adventurers!
I love visiting churches. I’m not particularly religious but I find them to be very peaceful places to visit. There is a wonderful calmness to them that feels detached from the rest of the world (even in cities) and I really enjoy wandering around them soaking it all up.
I work in a very noisy and rather unclean environment and sometimes I feel the need to escape this, and often I’ll make a beeline to a local church. They make great places to visit during lunch breaks, it’s great to be able to sit on a bench in the church yard, eating my lunch, watching the wildlife and letting the world go by.
I also like to explore the grounds and if possible, the interiors (nothing worse than a locked church!), taking time to learn about its history and the stories of these buildings that have often been at the heart of our towns and villages for centuries. I also love the architecture and the beautiful windows and am in admiration of those that built them.
Most churches often have a little guidebook for sale, generally for only a few pounds, and I’d advise you to pick one of these up as well – it’s a great way of getting a little background to the place and can help you appreciate it even more, especially if you go there more than once.
I do think it’s sad however that most of these fine historic buildings are falling into decay and are no longer have the meaning that they once did. Religion aside, they were the proud centres of our communities where everyone would gather to meet and celebrate all sorts of events – now most people walk by them without a second glance, which is a shame as we are very lucky to have them – where else can you just walk into a 900 year-old building for free?
So if you want a lunchtime adventure, seek out your local churches, explore their histories, soak in their peace and eat your lunch!
Oh and don’t forget to sign the visitors book, and leave a donation!