Every year, thousands of people come to worship at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Every summer, thousands more visit the Cathedral while vacationing in the city. Whether you are coming to attend a service, or to visit the Crypt Tea Room and take a tour, we'd love to see you. The physical address (not the mailing address) is 16 Church Hill, St. John's. Visitors might wish to use this address to find us on Google maps, or use it with a GPS device.
Tea Room and Tours
During the middle of the summer, our Crypt Tea Room is a popular destination for visitors. By the way, our Crypt has never been used for its original purpose! Please see the Crypt Tea Room page for information and a photograph.
Sunday: Tour guides are available after the 11 am service.
For weekend and evening services feel free to park in the Cathedral lot on the south side. It is accessible from Church Hill at the west end of the Cathedral. At other times, parking in this lot is restricted to permit holders; however, there is ample metered parking along Church Hill and Cathedral Street.
The Cathedral is built on a hill. The higher elevation is on Gower Street (the north side). The nave of the Cathedral is on this level, so most people coming for a service enter using one of the two Gower Street entrances (please use the wooden porch door for services at 7 pm). The West Door (Church Hill) has a steep set of stairs in front of it. There are two doors on the south (parking lot) side; the left door is almost flush with the lower level, and the right door has a short ramp to the lower level. Getting from the door on the left to the upstairs is complicated and there is a very height-restricted passage. The main floor of the Cathedral can be reached from the door on the right when unlocked, but there is a very steep and long set of stairs to climb. The Cathedral's washrooms are located on the ground floor, near the bottom of the stairs.
The Cathedral was built in the 19th century, and
we are aware that access is difficult for those who are physically
challenged. We have established an Accessibility Fund, and donations to
this fund are used to help remove the barriers. We are currently seeking
donations to provide rails up the steps between the nave and the
The upper level of the Cathedral can be reached without steps from Gower Street, and the lower level can be reached without steps from the parking lot. There is one handicapped parking space on Gower Street near the wooden porch door, and there are two spaces in the parking lot on the south side of the Cathedral. Those who wish to receive communion, but who are unable to go to the altar rail, are requested to make themselves known, and a priest will bring communion to them in the Nave.
modifications have been made to the Godly Play Room, to enable the
installation of a lift from the Godly Play Room on the lower floor to
the South Transept on the upper floor. The architectural plans have been
made, and the project has been approved by Vestry.