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Things to see and do at Staunton Harold Church

A close-up image of the entrance to Staunton Harold Church in Leicestershire, with an inscription dedicated to Sir Robert Shirley visible above the entrance
The entrance to Staunton Harold Church | © National Trust/Susan Guy

Standing peacefully in rolling countryside, there’s plenty to see at the picturesque Staunton Harold Church. Find out when you can visit and what tours are available.


Visit Staunton Harold Church in spring to see a spectacular show of blossom – one of the most delightful moments of the season. The trees outside of the Church will soon burst into life, with swathes of pink ornamental cherry blossom.

Before exploring inside the church, take a moment to enjoy the sweet smells and sights of blossom. You can expect to see the blossom looking it’s best from mid-April to early May.

Image shows pink blossom branches overhanging the church's stained glass windows
Spot blossom this spring | © National Trust/Sally Thearle

There are two ways to explore inside Staunton Harold Church, including self-led visits and guided tours.

Self-led visits

Step inside Staunton Harold Church and see what you discover on a self-led visit. Explore the church at your own pace, taking in the decorative interiors and gothic style.

From Tuesday 2 April – Tuesday 27 October, you can visit the church on a self-led visit every Sunday and bank holiday from 12pm – 3pm.

The Church will also be open for self-led visits on selective Tuesdays and Saturdays, depending upon volunteer availability. Our opening times are regularly updated every few months. Please check before visiting.

Images shows the altar at Staunton Harold Church in front of a stained glass window.
Explore inside the church | © National Trust/Susan Guy

Guided tours

Explore inside this rare and important church with a volunteer guide. Hear stories of the Shirley Family and find out more about the church’s significance to history and religion during the English Commonwealth era.

Guided tours are available from Sunday 7 April – Sunday 27 October, taking place every Sunday morning from 10.30am – 11.30am.

Booking is essential.

Group guided tours are also available upon request for a minimum of ten people. To book a group tour, please give us a ring on 01332863822.


Church services are held on the first and third Sunday of every month from 8.30am.

All are welcome to attend but please give us a ring beforehand to confirm.

A view from across the lake of Staunton Harold Church nestled into the countryside, surrounded by lush trees and lawns

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