Catholic Shrines & Sites of Interest in the United Kingdom: (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland)
Christianity came here in the First Century and spread throughout the country over the ensuing centuries. The Church and the Crown became closely inter-related. Henry VIII was once a defender of the Faith, but after the Pope refused his request for a divorce, he became one of the Church’s greatest enemies.
The faith was brutally repressed for over 250 years, severely punishing and executing Catholics and resulting in many martyrs, but the faithful did persevere.
In the United Kingdom some important sites of interest for Catholics include the following:
Bedford (Turvey): Turvey Abbey
Canterbury: the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket
Consett: Minsteracres Retreat Centre
Faversham: National Shrine of Saint Jude
Glastonbury (coming soon)
Isle of Wight: Quarr Abbey
Ramsgate: Shrine of Saint Augustine
York Minster: Cathedral and Tomb of Saint William of York
Belfast: Clonard Monastery
Motherwell: The Carfin Grotto (Our Lady of Lourdes)
Cardigan: Our Lady of the Taper