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Look here to see if there is a chance of getting into a church (Church of England, Roman Catholic & Orthodox).

Open indicates generally open during at least 10:00-1500 Mon-Fri.

Locked indicates normally locked, where there is advertised limited opening this is listed under notes.

n/a indicates a church now in private hands and so no access should be assumed.

However this is a guide (updated 14 Sept 2017) and based on personal observation and must not be taken as definitive.

If a church is locked,  Saturday morning can be a good time to try as it is often church cleaning time.

I am happy to receive comments or amendments.

Place Dedication Group Status Notes
Abbots Langley St Lawrence CofE Open
Abbots Langley St Saviour RC Locked
Albury St Mary CofE Open
Aldbury St John the Baptist CofE Open
Aldenham St John the Baptist CofE Open A sign in the porch dated May 2016 suggests that they try to be open, but it is not guaranteed.
Allens Green St Anne CofE n/a Private housing – exterior viewable from road
Anstey St George CofE Open
Apsley End St Mary CofE Locked Open Sat 10-12
Ardeley St Lawrence CofE Locked  Keyholders advertised. Open Sat/Sun 10-4
Ashwell St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Aspenden St Mary CofE Locked
Aston St Mary CofE Locked
Ayot St Lawrence St Lawrence CofE Open
Ayot St Lawrence St Lawrence old church CofE n/a Accesible
Ayot St Peter St Peter CofE Locked  keyholders listed on door
Baldock Holy Trinity RC Locked
Baldock St Mary the Virgin CofE Open Closed on Saturday afternoons
Barkway St Mary Magdalene CofE Open
Barley St Margaret of Antioch CofE Open
Bayford St Mary CofE Open
Bedmond Church of the Ascension CofE Locked
Bengeo Holy Trinity CofE Open
Bengeo St Leonard CofE Locked Open Sat 1030-1, Sun 2.30-5  June to Sept 2017
Benington St Peter CofE Open
Bentley Heath Holy Trinity CofE n/a Private – exterior viewable from road and public footpath
Berkhamsted Marlin Chapel CofE n/a Ruin exterior viewable from public footpath
Berkhamsted Sacred Heart RC Locked
Berkhamsted St Peter CofE Open
Berkhamsted – Kitsbury All Saints CofE Open
Berkhamsted – Sunnyside St Michael & All Angels CofE Open
Bishops Stortford Holy Trinity CofE Locked
Bishops Stortford St Michael CofE Open
Bishop’s Stortford St Joseph RC Open
Bishop’s Stortford – Hockerill All Saints CofE Open
Borehamwood All Saints CofE Open
Borehamwood Holy Cross CofE Locked
Borehamwood St Michael & All Angels CofE Locked
Borehamwood St John Fisher & St Thomas More RC Open see comment at end of this list
Borehamwood St Teresa Of The Child Jesus RC Open see comment at end of this list
Bourne End St John the Evangelist CofE Locked
Bovingdon St Lawrence CofE Open
Bramfield St Andrew CofE Locked Open Wed 10-11.30
Braughing St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Brent Pelham St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Brickendon Holy Cross & St Alban CofE Open
Bricket Wood St Luke CofE Locked
Broxbourne St Augustine CofE Locked Office onsite except Thursday
Buckland St Andrew (Churches Conservation Trust) CofE Locked keyholders advertised
Buntingford St Peter CofE Locked open Monday morning
Buntingford St Richard Of Chichester RC Locked
Bushey Holy Trinity CofE Locked
Bushey Sacred Heart & St John RC Locked
Bushey St James CofE Open
Bushey St Paul CofE Locked
Bushey Heath St Peter CofE Locked
Bygrave St Margaret of Antioch CofE Locked  Has been open but locked no keyholders 20/5/15 and in Aug 2016 and May 2017
Caldecote St Mary Magdalene (Friends of Friendless Churches) CofE Locked keyholders listed
Chandler’s Cross St Martin (former) CofE n/a On private land – exterior viewable from road
Chesfield St Etheldreda – ruin CofE n/a Fenced off on private land – exterior viewable from public footpath
Cheshunt St Mary the Virgin CofE Locked
Cheshunt St Paul RC Locked
Childwick Green St Mary CofE Locked  keyholders listed
Chipperfield Our Lady, Mother Of The Saviour RC Locked
Chipperfield St Paul Chipperfield CofE Open
Chorleywood Christ Church CofE Open
Chorleywood St Andrew CofE Open
Clothall St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Cockernhoe St Hugh CofE Locked
Codicote St Giles CofE Locked Day chapel open
Colliers End St Mary CofE Locked
Colney Heath St Mark CofE Locked Open am
Cottered St John the Baptist CofE Open
Cotton Mill St Julian CofE Locked
Croxley Green All Saints CofE Open
Croxley Green St Bede RC Locked
Croxley Green St Oswald CofE Locked
Cuffley St Andrew CofE Locked  Used to be open but locked on two visits in 2017, last one 9/6/17
Cuffley St Martin De Porres RC Locked
Datchworth All Saints CofE Open
Digswell Digswell Village Church CofE Locked
Eastwick St Botolph CofE Locked keyholders advertised
Elstree St Nicholas CofE Locked  keyholders advertised
Essendon St Mary the Virgin CofE Locked
Flamstead St Leonard CofE Open
Flaunden St Mary Magdalene CofE Open
Frogmore Holy Trinity CofE Locked
Furneux Pelham St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Gilston St Mary CofE Locked keyholders advertised
Goffs Oak St James CofE Locked
Graveley St Mary CofE Locked
Great Amwell St John the Baptist CofE Locked Open Sun pm 2.30-5 May to Sept
Great Gaddesden St John the Baptist CofE Open
Great Hormead St Nicholas CofE Open
Great Munden St Nicholas CofE Locked Privately owned. Churchyard accessible at all times
Great Wymondley St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Gustard Wood St Peter CofE Locked
Harpenden All Saints CofE Locked
Harpenden Our Lady of Lourdes RC Open
Harpenden St John the Baptist CofE Open
Harpenden St Nicholas CofE Open  Tue-Fri 10-2, Sat 9.30-12.30, notice at church 10/9/2017
Hatfield Marychurch RC Locked
Hatfield Marychurch RC Locked
Hatfield St Etheldreda CofE Open 1-4pm, Not Mon (except Bank Hols) or Sat
Hatfield St John CofE Locked
Hatfield St Luke CofE Locked  open at Weekends
Hatfield St Michael & All Angels CofE Open  Locked during School holidays
Hatfield St Peter RC Locked
Hemel Hempstead St Mary CofE Locked Open Sat 10-12 according to church notice board, beware the website says all day.
Hemel Hempstead – Adeyfield Our Lady Queen Of All Creation RC Open  Open on 24/8/2017
Hemel Hempstead – Adeyfield St Barnabas CofE Locked  Coffee morning Wed 1030-12
Hemel Hempstead – Bennetts End St Benedict CofE Locked
Hemel Hempstead – Boxmoor St John the Evangelist CofE Locked Open Sat 10-12
Hemel Hempstead – Boxmoor St Mary & St Joseph RC Open
Hemel Hempstead – Chaulden St Stephen CofE Locked
Hemel Hempstead – Cupid Green St Thomas Indian Orthodox Locked
Hemel Hempstead – Grovehilll The Resurrection CofE/RC Locked
Hemel Hempstead – Hammerfield St Francis of Assisi CofE Locked
Hemel Hempstead – Highfield St Paul CofE Locked
Hemel Hempstead – Picotts End All Saints CofE n/a Private house, exterior viewable from road
Hemel Hempstead – Warners End St Alban CofE Locked
Hemel Hempstead – Warners End St Mark RC Locked
Heronsgate St John CofE Open
Hertford All Saints CofE Locked
Hertford St Andrew CofE Open
Hertford St Joseph RC Open
Hertford St Mary the Less (architectural fragments) CofE Open Accesible at all times on public road
Hertford Heath Holy Trinity CofE Open
Hertingfordbury St Mary CofE Open
Hexton St Faith CofE Locked keyholders advertised
High Cross St John the Evangelist CofE Locked
High Wych St James The Great CofE Open 9.00 am – 4.00 pm, Tuesday to Friday during school term time.
Hinxworth St Nicholas CofE Open
Hitchin Holy Saviour CofE Locked
Hitchin Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrew RC Open
Hitchin St Faith CofE Locked
Hitchin St Mark CofE Locked
Hitchin St Mary CofE Locked  Open in the morning
Hoddesdon St Augustine RC Open
Hoddesdon St Catherine & St Paul CofE Locked Office on site
Holwell St Peter CofE Open
Hunsdon St Dunstan CofE Locked
Hunsdon St Francis Chapel CofE Locked
Ickleford St Katharine CofE Open
Kelshall St Faith CofE Open
Kimpton St Peter & St Paul CofE Open
Kings Langley All Saints CofE Open Daily 9.30-5
King’s Walden St Mary CofE Locked
Kinsbourne Green St Mary the Virgin CofE Locked
Knebworth St Martin CofE Open
Knebworth St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury CofE Locked
Knebworth St Thomas More RC Open
Langleybury St Paul CofE Locked
Layston St Bartholomew CofE n/a Privately owned. Parts of exterior viewable from footpaths
Leavesden All Saints CofE Locked
Lemsford St John the Evangelist CofE Locked
Letchworth Garden City St Alban Liberal Catholic Locked
Letchworth Garden City St George CofE Locked
Letchworth Garden City St Hugh of Lincoln RC Locked
Letchworth Garden City St Mary CofE Locked
Letchworth Garden City St Michael CofE Locked
Letchworth Garden City St Paul CofE Locked
Letchworth Garden City St Thomas CofE Locked
Letty Green St John CofE n/a Private house. exterior viewable from road
Leverstock Green Holy Trinity CofE Locked Open Monday 2-4, Saturday 10-12 – notice in porch 27/3/16. Keyholder numbers also listed.
Lilley St Peter CofE Open
Little Berkhamsted St Andrew CofE Locked
Little Gaddesden St Peter & St Paul CofE Open
Little Hadham St Cecilia CofE Open
Little Heath Christ CofE Open
Little Hormead St Marys (Churches Conservation Trust) CofE Locked keyholders advertised
Little Munden All Saints CofE Open
Little Wymondley St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
London Colney All Saints Pastoral Centre CofE & RC n/a Exterior viewable from grounds of Language College
London Colney Our Lady, St Mary of Walsingham RC Locked
London Colney St Peter CofE Locked
Long Marston All Saints CofE Locked
Long Marston All Saints – Tower only CofE n/a Tower Ruin – Accesible at all times off public road
Markyate St John the Baptist CofE Locked
Meesden St Mary CofE Open
Mill End St John RC Locked
Mill End St Peter CofE Open
Minsden Minsden Chapel – Ruin CofE n/a Accesible at all times off public footpath
Much Hadham St Andrew CofE/RC Open
Nettleden St Lawrence CofE Locked
Newgate Street Village St Mary CofE Locked
Newnham St Vincent CofE Open
North Mymms St. Mary CofE Open
Northaw St Thomas a Becket CofE Open
Northchurch St Mary CofE Locked
Norton St Nicholas CofE Locked
Offley St Mary Magdalene CofE Locked
Old Hall Green St Edmund of Canterbury RC Locked
Old Hall Green St Edmunds College RC n/a Private – Public school chapel exterior viewable from road
Oxhey St Matthews CofE Locked keyholders advertised
Perry Green St Thomas CofE Locked
Pirton St Mary CofE Open
Potten End Holy Trinity CofE Open
Potters Bar King Charles the Martyr CofE Open
Potters Bar Our Lady & St Vincent RC Open
Potters Bar St Mary the Virgin & All Saints CofE Locked Open Tue – Thur 10-12. according to sign on door seen 9/6/17. Apparently when open it is locked and you have to be noticed by the steward!
Preston St Martin CofE Locked keyholders advertised
Puckeridge St Thomas of Canterbury RC Locked
Puttenham St Mary CofE Locked
Radlett Christ Church CofE Open
Radlett St Anthony of Padua RC Open
Radlett St John CofE Locked
Radwell All Saints CofE Open
Redbourn St John Fisher RC Locked
Redbourn St Mary CofE Open
Reed St Mary CofE Open
Rickmansworth Our Lady Help of Christians RC Open
Rickmansworth St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Ridge St Margaret CofE Locked Open 2-4 Sun pm June to Sept
Royston St John the Baptist CofE Open
Royston St Thomas of Canterbury RC Open
Rushden Rushden: St Mary CofE Open
Rye Park St Cuthbert CofE Locked Open Tuesdays term time 9.30-12
Sacombe St Catherine CofE Open
Sandon Sandon: All Saints CofE Open
Sandridge St Leonard CofE Open Now seems to be open regularly  Dec 2015
Sarratt Holy Cross CofE Open
Sawbridgeworth Great St Mary CofE Open
Sawbridgeworth Most Holy Redeemer RC Locked
Shenley Church of the Good Shepherd RC Locked
Shenley St Botolph CofE n/a Private house. Parts of exterior viewable from adjacent cemetery
Shenley St Martin CofE Open
South Mymms St Giles CofE Locked keyholders advertised
South Oxhey All Saints CofE Open
South Oxhey Oxhey Chapel (Churches Conservation Trust) CofE Locked Keyholders advertised (All Saints church next door)
South Oxhey St Joseph RC Locked
St Albans Cathedral and Abbey of Saint Alban CofE Open
St Albans St Alban & St Stephen RC Open
St Albans St Bartholomew RC Open
St Albans St Michael CofE Open Tries to be open 9.30 to 5.00 except Saturdays when it is closed
St Albans St Paul CofE Open
St Albans St Peter CofE Open
St Albans St Saviour CofE Open
St Albans St Stephen CofE Locked
St Albans Christ Church CofE n/a Private Offices – exterior viewable from road
St Albans – Cell barns St Luke CofE Locked
St Albans – Cotton Mill St Julian CofE Locked
St Albans – Marshalswick St Mary CofE Open
St Albans – New Barns Christ Church CofE Locked
St Ippolyts St Ippolyts CofE Open
St Paul’s Walden All Saints CofE Open
Standon St Mary CofE Open
Stanstead Abbots St Andrew CofE Locked
Stanstead Abbots St James (Churches Conservation Trust) CofE Locked CCT Open Sun pm 2.30-5 May to Sept
Stanstead St Margaret’s St Mary the Virgin CofE Locked open Saturday morning
Stapleford St Mary CofE Locked  Key holders listed on door
Stevenage St Andrew & St George CofE Locked
Stevenage – Bedwell St Joseph RC Locked
Stevenage – Broadwater St Peter CofE Locked
Stevenage – Chells St Hugh & St John CofE Locked
Stevenage – Old Town Church of the Transfiguration of Our lord RC Locked
Stevenage – Old Town Holy Trinity CofE Open
Stevenage – Old Town St Nicholas CofE Locked
Stevenage – Pin Green All Saints CofE Locked
Stevenage – Shephall Cathedral of St George Coptic Orthodox Locked
Stevenage – Shephall St Hilda RC Locked
Stevenage – Shephall St Mary CofE Locked
Stevenage – Symonds Green Christ the King CofE Locked
Stocking Pelham St Mary CofE Locked
Tewin St Peter CofE Open
Therfield St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Thorley St James the Great CofE Open
Throcking Holy Trinity CofE Locked
Thundridge St Mary CofE Locked
Thundridge St Mary & All Saints CofE n/a Tower Ruin – Accesible at all times off bridleway
Tonwell St Mary CofE n/a School – exterior viewable from road
Tring St Peter & St Paul CofE Open
Tring Corpus Christi RC Locked
Turnford St Clement CofE Locked
Walkern St Mary the Virgin CofE Locked
Wallington St Mary CofE Open
Waltham Cross Christ Church CofE Locked
Waltham Cross St Joseph RC Open
Ware Catholic Apostolic Church CA n/a Private housing exterior viewable from street
Ware Christ Church CofE Open
Ware Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Joseph RC Open
Ware St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Wareside Holy Trinity CofE Locked
Waterford St Michael & All Angels CofE Open From 14/5/17 will be open all day, 1000:1800 until 30 Sept and then 1000-1600 until 1st April. If coming any distance check first as this is the 1st year & they will be testing the ability to have a keyholder available every day.
Watford Christ CofE Locked
Watford Holy Rood RC Open
Watford Our Lady & St Michael RC Locked
Watford Soul Survivor CofE Locked
Watford St Andrew CofE Locked
Watford St Helen RC Locked
Watford St James CofE n/a Private used by school. Exterior vieweable from road
Watford St John the Apostle and Evangelist CofE Locked
Watford St Luke CofE Locked
Watford St Mark CofE Locked
Watford St Mary CofE Open
Watford St Michael & All Angels CofE Locked  Open for tea and coffee Wed 1030-1200
Watford St Peter CofE Locked
Watton at Stone St Andrew & St Mary CofE Locked
Welwyn St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Welwyn Garden City All saints CofE Locked
Welwyn Garden City Holy Family RC Locked
Welwyn Garden City Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Locked
Welwyn Garden City St Bonaventure RC Locked
Welwyn Garden City St Francis of Assisi CofE Open
Welwyn Garden City St Michael & All Angels CofE n/a Council day centre exterior viewable from road
Welwyn Garden City – Digswell St John the Evangelist CofE Locked
Welwyn Garden City – Haldens Christ the King CofE Locked
Welwyn Garden City – Holwell Hyde St Mary Magdalene CofE Locked
Welwyn Garden City -Panshanger Panshanger CofE Locked
West Hyde St Thomas CofE Locked
Westmill St Mary the Virgin CofE Open
Weston Holy Trinity CofE Open
Wheathampstead St Helen CofE Open
Wheathampstead St Thomas More RC Locked
Widford St John the Baptist CofE Open
Wigginton St Bartholomew CofE Open
Willian All Saints CofE Locked
Wilstone St Cross CofE Open
Woodhill Community of the Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Locked Chuch office on site 9-5. Ring the bell on the south door
Woolmer Green St Michael CofE Open
Wormley St Laurence, Wormley CofE Locked
Wyddial St Giles CofE Open
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9 Comments

  1. Henry says:

    I’m pleased to tell you that both Catholic Churches in Borehamwood are likely to be open more often now with the introduction of CCTV.
    A good rule is that if there is anybody in the presbyteries next door – the Church will be open.

    God Bless,
    H.

  2. zoothorn says:

    Thank you Henry that is great news. Last time I was in Borehamwood, a couple of months ago St John Fisher was indeed open, the first time I had found it so but St Teresa was not. Glad to say that St Teresa was very well advertised as open on 17th September.

  3. John Salmon says:

    How do I print this list?

  4. Is there some one who i can contact to ask for permission to use some of images listed on here for an article in heritagedaily.com and a listing on the londonhistorygroup.com. Full credit will be given to this website

  5. All Saints’ Kings Langley times when the parish office is open and access can be obtained:
    Monday & Wednesday 8.00am – 3.30pm
    Thursday 12.30pm – 3.00pm
    Friday 11.30am – 2.30pm
    Open on Sundays for services at 8.00am and 9.30am.

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