Britain's Holiest Places is now a major six part BBC4 Series Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places. Britain's Holiest Places reveals the astonishing spiritual heritage lying hidden in every corner of our country. The result of a five-year journey from Orkney to the Channel Islands, it opens up a remarkable landscape shaped by centuries of faith. There is something to surprise and enlighten anyone with a sense of the sacred - from miraculous healing pools, astounding works of devotional art, mysterious natural features, world-famous shrines, grand cathedrals to the humblest of country churches. It includes 500 places in England, Wales and Scotland. Each listing is illustrated and made easily accessible to the visitor, with much to inspire as well as much to challenge modern understanding of spiritual experience. The book encompasses the entire spectrum of church and even folk traditions: Anglican, Catholic, Celtic, Orthodox, Non-Conformist, Presbyterian, Quaker and many others. Written with a keen eye for the surreal as well as the sacred, the absurd as well as the serious, this book is the first complete survey of our islands sacred history.
A guidebook writer and former journalist on the Financial Times, Nick Mayhew-Smith spent five years researching Britain's Holiest Places. He was nominated as Writer of the Year in 2012 by BBC Countryfile.