For those of you looking to explore your relationship with God, escape from the chaos of everyday life and deepen your spiritual practice, Christian retreats in the UK are the perfect solution. Whether you belong to a church, you come from another faith completely, or you don’t believe, these retreat centres will welcome you with open arms and show you what it means to walk in His footsteps. As a result, you’ll find inner peace, tranquillity and space to open your heart to the wonders of the universe, strengthen community ties, build new friendships and heal past hurts. Here are our top ten Christian retreats in the UK, as voted by our staff.
Each offers a unique natural setting, from urban to moorland, to a valley, to into the wild, and provides its perspective on what it means to be a practising Christian in the 21st century. These include Catholic retreat centres, Anglican retreat centres, and spiritual centres which want to help you reconnect with God.
Ashburnham Place is a stunning English country house set in 220 acres of luscious countryside which allows you to start a conversation with God and give your mind, body and spirit some essential breathing space.
Whether you’re an individual looking for peace and tranquillity, a retreat group looking for a better spiritual connection, a leadership course or even a festival organiser, Ashburnham Place will be the perfect venue for you.
Offering comfortable ensuite and non-ensuite accommodation, delicious food, individual prayer rooms, themed Christian speakers, prayer walks, WIFI, meeting rooms, dining rooms and specially organised events throughout the year, this is the must-visit venue for your next Christian retreat in the UK!
You’d never believe that such a space of peace and tranquillity exists in South-West London, but this majestic Christian retreat centre in London shows us that there most definitely is! Share prayer and reflection in this oasis of calm, and allow them to lift your spirits, revive your soul and make plenty of new friends along the way.
With WIFI in all rooms, a large chapel, a prayer room, a self-catering bungalow and a range of dining rooms and options, you’re sure to find the perfect Christian retreat to suit your needs in this green and beautiful location.
More Christian Retreats in London and South East England
|Acorn Christian Foundation||Borden, Hampshire. GU35 0AP|
|Centre for Reflection||Aston-Tirrold, Oxfordshire.|
|Charney Manor||Wantage, Oxfordshire. OX12 0EJ|
|Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre||Battle, East Sussex. TN33 9AD|
|The Friars Aylesford Priory||The Friars, Aylesford ME20 7BX|
|Douai Abbey||Reading Berkshire. RG7 5TQ|
|House of Bethany||Southsea, Hampshire. PO5 2AR|
|The Kairos Centre||Roehampton, London. SW15 4JA|
|L’Abri||Greatham, Hampshire. GU33 6HF|
|The Master’s Lodge||Canterbury, Kent. CT1 2BE|
|Penhurst Retreat Centre||Penhurst, East Sussex. TN33 9QP|
|Poor Clares of Arundel||Arundel. BN18 9PJ|
|The Royal Foundation of St Katharine’s||London. E14 8DS|
|The Sisters of St Andrew||Edenbridge, Kent. TN8 5NN|
|Stanton House||Oxford. OX33 1HF|
|St Columba’s House||Woking, Surrey. GU22 8AB|
|St Ethelwold’s House||Abingdon, Oxfordshire. OX14 5EB|
|Worth Abbey||Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 4SB|
Would you like to heal your heart while having your spiritual needs met? Then Lox Lane Farm in Dorset would love to hear from you.
They offer a range of in-house retreats which will help you foster a deeper relationship with God while also allowing the Holy Spirit to heal the wounds of the past. Covering topics such as forgiveness, judgement and other transformational ideas, this is the perfect place to return to your inner child and heal those emotional wounds.
Aside from the activities, they also include accommodation, meals and hot drinks in the price of their Christian retreats.
If you’d prefer to bring your small retreat group along, they also offer a stunning farmhouse with seven ensuite bathrooms, full kitchen facilities, a cosy lounge and even a woodburning stove.
More Christian Retreats in South West England:
|Abbey House||Glastonbury, Somerset. BA6 8DH|
|Alabaré Christian Community||Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP1 2AJ|
|Ammerdown Centre||Bath, Somerset. BA3 5SW|
|Buckfast Abbey||Buckfastleigh, Devon. TQ11 0EE|
|Downside Abbey||Bath, Somerset. BA3 4RH|
|Elsie Briggs House of Prayer||Westbury-On-Trym. BS9 3EQ|
|Epiphany House||Truro, Cornwall. TR1 3DR|
|Glenfall House||Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.|
|Greenhouse Christian Centre||Poole, Dorset. BH13 6DT|
|Hilfield Friary||Hilfield, Dorset. DT2 7BE|
|Lee Abbey||Lynton, Devon. EX35 6JJ|
|The Marist Centre||Nympsfield, Gloucestershire. GL10 3TZ|
|Mill House Retreats||Tiverton, Devon. EX16 7ES|
|Othona Community||Bridport, Dorset. DT6 4RN|
|Poor Clares of Lynton||Lynton, North Devon. EX35 6BX|
|Retreat Holidays||Bristol. BS6 7NA|
|Sarum College||Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP1 2EE|
|The Society of Mary & Martha||Sheldon, Exeter, Devon. EX6 7LE|
|St Gildas Christian Centre||Langport, Somerset. TA10 9QF|
If you’re looking for an escape into the wilderness, you want to make new friends, and you love an international flavour, make sure you book a place on a Lee Abbey Devon Christian retreat.
With dramatic woodlands, moorlands, streams, farmland and coastline at your fingertips, this is the perfect place to reconnect with God, disconnect from the chaos of everyday life and make brand new friends. There isn’t a mobile signal or WIFI here either, so you’re almost guaranteed to feel refreshed, relaxed, and much closer to yourself and God.
Offering a range of activities throughout the year, with evening meals included, a variety of rooms (including singles) and options for singles, couples and families, Lee Abbey has to be one of the most well-rounded Christian retreats in the UK.
Take yourself away to relax in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside while worshipping whenever and wherever you choose at Wydale Hall. Its glorious location on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors allows you or your retreat group to spend time enjoying his creation while deepening your spiritual practice.
Boasting a range of chapels, conference rooms, a comfortable dining room which seats up to seventy guests, a calm library, an all-weather sports pitch, and much more besides you’ll find space here to enjoy your individual retreat or nourish community and connection within your group.
More Christian Retreats in Yorkshire and Humberside:
|Ampleforth Abbey||York, North Yorkshire. YO62 4EN|
|The Briery Retreat Centre||Ilkley, West Yorkshire. LS29 9BW|
|Holy Rood House||Thirsk, North Yorkshire. YO7 1HX|
|Scargill House||Skipton, N. Yorkshire. BD23 5HU|
|Whirlow Grange||Sheffield. S11 9PZ|
|Wydale Hall||Wydale, N Yorkshire. YO13 9DG|
Whether you’re looking for a spiritual holiday destination where you’ll be treated to delicious, homecooked foods, and soak up the beautiful Scottish countryside, or you’re looking to deepen your practice, Whitchester Christian Centre offers it all.
Open to all faiths or none at all, and you can take advantage of the homely and relaxed atmosphere, delicious full-board catering, and a range of events and activities that will allow you to reignite your inner fire and deepen your connection with God.
Stunning gardens and woodland mean you can also get outside to spot a wide range of wildlife, including birds and deer if you’re fortunate.
Move closer to God and reconnect with life by treating yourself to a holiday at the Bield Retreat and Conference Centre. Located in thirty acres of garden and woodlands, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, unwind, pray and heal your inner wounds at this Christian healing retreat.
Individuals, couples, families and groups are all welcome to their range of Christian retreats, including silence, well-being, spiritual practice, creativity and much more.
Facilities include single, twin and double ensuite rooms, delicious meals (with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free catered for) 12-metre indoor heated swimming pool, traditional labyrinth, art room, library, lounge with woodburning stove and much more to help you relax and unwind on your holiday.
If you are looking to beat depression you might like to come to a new Christian retreat centre in the Scottish Highlands. By the end of the week everybody will understand why and how the Secret Spirits Spiritual Self Help programme works so that they can be supported in implementing the 40 minute daily spiritual exercise required by the course. The results are immediately uplifting and guarantee a permanent cure by
the end of a year, by the power of Prayer and the Fellowship of Man, just like Alcoholics Anonymous.
More Christian Retreats in Scotland
|The Bield||Blackruthven, Perth. PH1 1PY|
|Cnoc a’ Chalmain||Isle of Iona, Argyll. PA76 6SP|
|The Coach House||Kilmuir, Inverness. IV1 3ZG|
|Craig Lodge||Dalmally, Argyll. PA33 1AR|
|Emmaus House||Edinburgh. EH3 9NQ|
|Ignatian Spirituality Centre||Glasgow. G3 6PE|
|Island Retreats||Cunbrae & Iona|
|MacLeod Centre – Iona Community||Isle of Iona, Argyll. PA76 6SN|
|Pluscarden Abbey||Elgin, Morayshire. IV30 8UA|
|St Mary’s MonasteryChristian Retreats in East of England||Kinnoull, Perth. PH2 7BP|
Set in the stunning Brecon Beacons and offering weekend and weekday retreats around a variety of themes, this must be one of the most tranquil Christian retreats in the UK. With a great community feel and wide-open spaces, you will enjoy the chance to connect with God and deepen your spiritual experience. Llangasty Retreat House is a place you can get away from it all.
We especially love the way the dining room looks out over the gorgeous countryside so you can ponder the more important things in life while enjoying delicious, freshly-cooked meals.
They also offer disabled access to most of the facilities which include comfortable bedrooms, a fully-equipped chapel, calm crypt chapel, library and a comfy lounge. Enjoy a home away from home and explore more profound aspects of yourself, others and the community.
This remote Christian retreat centre in Wales has become well-known over recent years thanks to the number of close encounters with God experienced here. Now they are opening their doors to you too. Set in a beautiful house by the sea, you can experience a restorative holiday, a relaxing and enlightening break or even work through your most challenging blocks so you can open your heart and mind to the Lord.
They welcome groups and individuals to this exceptional place in which miracles do seem to happen and offer a range of Christian retreat options to suit the amount of time you have available, your needs, your interests, and your budget. One thing is indeed clear- life will never be the same after a stay here.
More Christian Retreat Centres in Wales
|Llangasty Retreat House||Llangasty, Powys. LD3 7PX|
|Llannerchwen||Llandefaelog Fach, Powys. LD3|
|Nicholaston House||Gower, Swansea. SA3 2HL|
|Noddfa Spirituality Centre||Penmaenmawr, Gwynedd. LL34|
|St Beuno’s||St Asaph, Denbighshire. LL17 0AS|
|St Non’s Retreat Centre||St David’s, Pembrokeshire. SA62|
|Tymawr Convent/Community||Lydart, Monmouth. NP25 4RN|
|The Cleenish Centre||Enniskillen, Fermanagh. BT92 2BT|
|Dromantine Retreat Centre||Newry, Co. Down. BT34 1RH|
|Drumalis Retreat Centre||Larne, Co. Antrim. BT40 1DT|
|Thornhill Retreat Centre||Derry. BT48 8JF|
|Alnmouth Friary||Alnmouth, Northumberland.|
|Community of Aidan and Hilda||Holy Island, Berwick Upon Tweed|
|Marygate House||Holy Island, Northumberland.|
|Minsteracres Retreat Centre||Minsteracres, Co Durham. DH8 9RT|
|Shepherds Dene Retreat House||Shepherds Dene, Northumberland|
|St Antony’s Priory||Durham, Co Durham. DH1 1QT|
Imagine waking whenever the mood takes you, eating fresh, locally-sourced food and enjoying a morning session of prayer and worship.
After a coffee, you can take part in a pre-organised activity or stroll along with the spectacular scenery for your private prayer session, connect with God, or relax and unwind as you enjoy this great holiday.
Late afternoons could see you united in prayer with the other retreat participants and enjoying a delicious evening meal. You will deepen your spiritual practice, breathe in the wonders of some of the UK’s most gorgeous coastline and take back your precious ‘me’ time.
Due to increased demand, they now offer weekend retreats, all-inclusive and day retreat options so everyone can benefit from the glorious location, nurturing and supportive environment and laid-back, friendly Christian appeal.
|Whalley Abbey||Clitheroe, Lancashire. BB7 9SS|
|Oblate Retreat Centre||Wistaston, Cheshire. CW2 8JS|
|Rydal Hall||Rydal, Cumbria. LA22 9LX|
|Sisters of Jesus Way||West Kirby, Wirral. CH48 7EP|
|St Joseph’s Prayer Centre||Formby, Liverpool. L37 1PH|
|All Hallows Convent||Ditchingham, Suffolk. NR35 2DT|
|Bishop Woodford House||Ely, Cambridgeshire. CB7 4DX|
|Clare Priory||Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NX|
|Letton Hall||Shipdham, Norfolk. IP25 7SA|
|Quiet Waters||Bungay, Suffolk. NR35 1PD|
|The Retreat House||Pleshy, Essex. CM3 1HA|
|Turvey Abbey||Turvey, Bedfordshire. MK43 8DE|
|Community of the Holy Cross||Costock, Loughborough. LE12 6XE|
|Launde Abbey||East Norton, Leicestershire.|
|Metheringham Friary||Metheringham, Lincolnshire. LN4|
|Sacrista Prebend Retreat House||Southwell, Nottinghamshire.|
|Whaley Hall||Whaley Bridge, High Peak. SK23|
|Belmont Abbey||Hereford, Herefordshire. HR2 9RZ|
|Coventry Prayer House – Retreat Centre||Coventry. CV1 5EX|
|Glasshampton Monastery||Glasshampton, Worcester.|
|Shallowford House||Stone, Staffordshire. ST15 0NZ|
Whatever your reasons for choosing a Christian retreat in the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect solution with one of the retreat centres we’ve highlighted here on this page. Click on the links to book, then take yourself away to enjoy into a rejuvenating, life-changing break away from it all.