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Visiting the church

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Visiting the church

The church is usually open for visitors daily between 10am and 3pm in the winter (GMT) and between 10am and 4pm in the summer (BST).  On Sundays we are open for general visiting after the morning services, usually around 12.30pm.  Visiting hours can vary occasionally for events and services, so if you are making a special journey please do check opening times first.


You will find a lot of information in the Heritage area under the tower.  There is a light switch beside the small door but please ensure you switch it off after your visit.  Lighting in the main body of the church should come on automatically as you enter.  All the information is also available online in the Heritage/Guides and Leaflets section of this site.


Guided Tours

We can arrange:

Group Tours of the church

We offer tours of the church for groups of up to 15 people by arrangement.  Each tour takes about 45 minutes.

Please note some of our ancient floors are uneven so please wear suitable footwear. 

You will:

  • Discover the 12th century origins of St Margaret's
  • Find out more about Charles the second's connection to our church
  • Hear about how the Napoleonic Wars affected St Margaret's
  • View the carvings of local craftsmen dating from the 15th century 

Bell Ringing Tours

A tour of the bell ringing gallery is offered for groups of between 3 and 12 people.

It will explain the ancient art of bell ringing and show how bells are rung. The tours last about 45 minutes and can be arranged for a mutually convenient time.  Please note that access to the gallery is via a narrow, stone, spiral staircase, so may not be suitable for everyone, also some of our ancient floors in the church are uneven so please wear suitable footwear.Church bell


To arrange either tour please email to agree a suitable time for your visit. 

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Nave from east end         Pew poppy head S Ratcliffe 

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