Places of Worship: City Centre (Castle Quarter)
Saint John the Baptist Church
St John Street, Cardiff. CF10 1GJ • (029) 2039 5231
The City Parish of St John the Baptist is among the oldest in Cardiff. The church is next to the city centre's covered market and is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century.
In late Victorian times there were six daughter churches serving the densely populated central Parish of the City. There are twenty one Parish churches in Cardiff Deanery of the Church in Wales diocese of Llandaff, serving the areas around the city centre and its surrounding residential areas.
Well worth seeing is the prominent perpendicular tower and nave rebuilt in the middle of the fifteenth century, after the eleventh century building was destroyed by the troops of Owain Glyndwr. The late sixteenth century chapel has an unusual tomb with effigies of the two Herbert brothers - one custodian of the castle, the other an Elizabethan diplomat. Also have a look at the twentieth century chapel dedicated to the Welsh Priory of the Order of St John (Ambulance).
The church was expanded and enhanced in the last decades of the nineteenth century and contains a variety of outstanding Victorian and later stained glass.
A Tea Room operates in the church Vestry during the week. It is run by volunteers and in partnership with the Innovate Trust to welcome visitors by serving delicious cakes and sandwiches as well as hot and cold drinks, and light snacks, at very reasonable prices!
Free Entry, Light Refreshments Available.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 10am-3pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday for church services (please check the website for full details).
Advance booking is not required.
Located in the city centre between Trinity Street and Working Street.
Cardiff Central railway station: Ten minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
One of the few historic buildings left in Cardiff and well worth a look around.
Saint John the Baptist Church, St John Street, Cardiff. CF10 1GJ • (029) 2039 5231
Last Updated Thursday 4 June 2020
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