Although some of our ancient parish churches are always open, this is not possible for all. Over the last few years, the Church in Wales has been encouraging parishes to take part in the Open Doors events co-ordinated every September by the Civic Trust for Wales . It has its own Open Doors Day on 19th September, and has set up the Churches Tourism Network Wales website where parishes can provide details of when their churches are open to the public.
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, with the support of Cadw, has been working with the dioceses in our area – Llandaff, Monmouth, and Swansea & Brecon – to promote the churches that will be opened to the public in September.
The Trust has produced a series of leaflets to help you plan your church crawl, however, if you’re wondering how you are going to visit all of the churches in three dioceses in one day don’t worry, as not all the churches will be opened on 19th – some are open instead (or additionally) on other weekends, giving you more time to explore this rich heritage.
Visit http://www.ggat.org.uk/news/news.html to download a pdf version of the Churches to visit in northern Gwent leaflet.