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, to strengthen community ties, to build new friendships and to 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.

Christian Retreats in London and the South East

Ashburnham Place

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!

Christian Retreats in the UK
Ashburnham Place

The Kairos Centre

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

Christian Retreat Centres in the South West

Lox Lane Farm

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

Christian Retreat in Devon

Lee Abbey

Christian Retreats UK

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 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.

Christian Retreats in Yorkshire

Wydale Hall

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

Christian Retreat Centres in Scotland

Whitchester Christian Centre

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.

Bield Retreat and Conference Centre @ Blackruthven House

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, wellbeing, 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.

Secret Spirits Depression Recovery Retreat

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Christian Retreats in the UK

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

Christian Retreat Centres in Wales

Llangasty Retreat House

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

Christian Retreats in Northern Ireland

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
Tobar Mhuire Crossgar, Co. Down. BT30 9EA

Christian Retreats in North East

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

Christian Retreats in North West England

Rhenass Retreat

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.

Christian Retreats in the UK

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

Christian Retreats in East of England

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
Mill Green House Horseheath, Cambridge. CB21 4QZ
Quiet Waters Bungay, Suffolk. NR35 1PD
The Retreat House Pleshy, Essex. CM3 1HA
Turvey Abbey Turvey, Bedfordshire. MK43 8DE

Christian Retreats in East Midlands

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

Christian Retreats in West Midlands

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.

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