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Church, next open Wed 25 May - Sun 30 Oct 2016, free entry

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Great Witley Parish Church

Great Witley Parish Church

Contact

Angela Snow

01905 457276

Address

St Michael's and All Angels,
Great Witley,
Worcestershire,
WR6 6JT

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Details

Great Witley Parish Church has the most stunning interior of any Baroque church in England. The ceiling is covered in paintings by Antonio Bellucci; the windows are painted enamel and stained glass by Joshua Price. The walls are covered in intricate gilded mouldings and there is a very fine organ. In addition there is the large marble Foley monument by Rysbrack, beautifully carved pulpit, pews and font by the Forsyth brothers, and a fabulous gold mosaic reredos.

This absolute gem, hidden away in the Worcestershire countryside, never fails to delight its visitors. Attached to, although not part of, English Heritage's Witley Court, this parish church still holds regular services. Entry is free although the upkeep of the church is dependent upon the generosity of visitors. There is a display about the history of the court and church and volunteer stewards are on hand to answer questions. The crypt is open from 1p.m. to 4p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 25th March until 30th October 2016 and contains 18th century lead coffins, a fine granite sarcophagus and an 1804 Samuel Thorp tower clock.

During the summer there is an extensive programme of free and paid for concerts which enable visitors to enjoy the outstanding acoustics of the church.

A short walk from the church there are The Garden Tea Rooms serving a delicious selection of homemade light lunches and cakes to die for! The tea rooms will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 24th March 2016 until 30th October 2016.

Please see Witley Court website for their opening times.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Wed 25 May - Sun 30 Oct 2016 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
Church may be closed during very bad weather.

Prices

Free entry

Free but donations welcome

Location

Directions

See location of Great Witley Parish Church on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 768649  Lat: 52.28191 Long: -2.34041

By Road:
Nearest motorway is M5. Nearest main road is A443 Worcester Road

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Worcester.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 11 miles from Worcester station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired