St Michael's and All Angels,
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.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Wed 25 May - Sun 30 Oct 2016||Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00|
Free but donations welcome
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Facilities for educational visits
- French signs/guides
- German signs/guides
- Gift shop
- Italian signs/guides
- On-site catering
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Spanish signs/guides
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted
- Facilities for hearing impaired