St Walburge's Church

St Walburge's Church, Preston

St Walburge's Church
4.5
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Aileenmah
Beaconsfield, UK120 contributions
A magnificent church.
May 2021 • Business
St Walburge’s is a huge and extremely impressive Catholic Church that is a Preston landmark. The statues along both roof edges are interesting and I would have loved some more information on them. The church building is in a very bad state and needs a lot of work so please donate as much as you can when you go. I went to the traditional Latin mass which was the 6.30 pm Sunday service.
Written May 16, 2021
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Pav A
Preston, UK3 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2019
Hidden treasure tucked away behind the university. I used one of the guides to give me a free tour of the church.
Written June 12, 2020
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,182 contributions
Night visit
Feb 2020
Went here under the Church's Spire at Night initiative. A very pleasant church which needs a lot of work doing. The spire was not too difficult to climb and gave nice night views over the city.
Written February 9, 2020
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Emily Brayshaw
Garstang, UK100 contributions
Great climb
Feb 2020
Very nice church the spire is amazing and lovely view of Preston and amazing seats and friendly people
Written February 3, 2020
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Ian B
Preston, UK106 contributions
Spire climb
Feb 2020 • Family
We did the spire climb. An excellent visit to an awe inspiring church in need of restoration. Greatest by friendly staff and everyone welcoming and the guides are excellent in their historic knowledge of the church. A superb idea in which to try and raise funds to keep this grade 1 listed building going. Concrete (~170ish) steps so not for the fainthearted, spiralling with no rope/handrails. Once you get to the top you can see across Preston, seeing Blackpool tower on a good day. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, tea and croissants afterward free of charge.
Written February 1, 2020
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stephenbrg
Townsville, Australia604 contributions
In need of some tender loving care but still good
Sep 2019
Set up by the Jesuits the Church is a little down at heel but is still very impressive. The Donation buckets scattered through various locations are really need to ensure the required work is done but it was sad to see most were empty. Worth both a visit and a donation.
Written September 12, 2019
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Stuart Birkenhead
1 contribution
An amazingly beautiful Gothic church
Aug 2019
Our school of foreign students visited the church today and were given a fantastic tour by the Canon of the church. He was very kind and know,edgeable about the church and Preston's history, and I would recommend anyone to have a tour there, and the climb to the top of the spire provides a fantastic 360 degree view of Preston and the surrounding area. Thank you for such a great experience
Written August 8, 2019
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Relax183126
1 contribution
Bucket list visit for all Prestonians
Jul 2019 • Family
As a catholic, and originating from Preston (I now live in Melbourne, Australia)., St Walburghes has for me always been an icon representing the much of the heritage, and religious identity of Preston. Together with English Martyrs and St Wilfred’s., they are easily the biggest and grandest churches in the town. My father lived in the English Martyrs parish but I remember him telling me how, as a child he’d climbed the steeple at St Walburghes. When visiting the town recently, my wife voiced her desire to visit the church, so having searched the internet, we turned up on a Saturday morning for the tour guided by Canon Christofoli. His knowledge is simply outstanding and as expected, so much of the history is about the development of Preston, the development of its communities and the part the church played. To top our visit off, we got the chance to climb the steeple to take in the incredible view. Not an easy climb! The Peregrine Falcons had recently vacated their nest but are still in the area and returned to noisily let us know they were still about. Like so many if our great churches and buildings, it would be so deserving of support to maintain it’s noble and spiritual presence in the city.
Written July 14, 2019
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Lurkstrober
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Beautiful Church and Friendly Congregation
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went to St Walburge’s Church for the Traditional Latin Mass. We were warmly welcomed and given missals to borrow. It was a high mass as it was Trinity Sunday and it was very beautifully sung by the choir. The church has a great sense of grandeur with large colourful stained glass windows and many statues of saints and religious banners. After mass we were invited to morning tea and the parishioners were very friendly. Take a warm coat or polar fleece as it can be cold in the church.
Written June 23, 2019
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Walburgan
6 contributions
An Iconic Church, almost the symbol of Preston !
Jun 2019 • Solo
Saint Walburge’s Shrine Church is under the umbrella of a young congregation whose seat is at Florence in Tuscany.
After a long time of closure, the clergy there and volunteers are running this astonishing building with passion and care since 2014. Bishop Campbell reopened solemnly the church and trusted it to the ICKSP.
Works are still going at the moment in the sacristy.
Tours are still opened every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm. After August until March, it is possible to climb the spire, the tallest catholic parish Spire in all UK!
Tours are provided warmly by well trained guide.
Come and see, it’s worth a visit!
At the moment, the peregrine falcons are flying around, it’s amazing!
Written June 23, 2019
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