Wednesday 28 January 2015

Tourists flocking to UK churches

Published 10/12/2012 | 00:29

More than one-in-five overseas tourists visit a religious building when they come to the UK, research says

Brazilians are beating a path to Britain's religious buildings, it has been revealed.

As many as 22% of visits by overseas residents to the UK last year included a trip to a church or other religious building.

Brazilians made the most visits, with 55% of their stays including a tour of a religious building, figures from VisitBritain showed.

Australians and Americans made the next most visits to religious buildings 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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