Church Trails

As part of preparing your church for visitors, you may consider creating a trail around your building and/ or churchyard.  A trail doesn't have to be complicated and a simple sheet providing information about interesting features within the church will suffice.

Consider using the numbers 1 -10 and letter- headed paper provided in the signage pack but you can still create a good trail without them.  Lead visitors around your church providing information about stained glass windows, memorials and any special features that make your church unique.

Adding historical information or stories attached to areas of your church will make it more interesting. If your church has links to a famous person or a historical figure or point in time include it in your guide. Your trail information can act as a guide even if you are not able to provide people to welcome visitors every day. Think about what you would tell a visitor that was interested in your church and include it in your sheet. 

Once you've created a simple trail you may wish to think about one of these ideas.

  • A children's trail - encourage youngsters (and adults!) to look around all areas of the church from ceiling to floor. Point out unusual features, count things and ask them to look for details they may have missed. 
  • A themed trail - focusing on a particular artist or architect with a connection to your church or a particular point in time such as the industrial revolution.
  • War Memorials - During the centenary of  WW1 there is expected to be increased interest in memorials with visitors looking into local or family history

Once you have created your trail let us know and we can include information on the tourism website 


Useful resources

Derby diocese tourism letterhead trail template (word)

Memorial trail tips

Example of a children's trail

Example of memorial trail

Example of a themed trail 

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650


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