Visit Us

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.

  • Tours of the Cathedral
    Sunday: Tour guides are available after the 11 am service.
  • Group tours can be arranged throughout the year; please call the Cathedral Office.
  • Scheduled tours will re-commence in the summer of 2020.

  • Parking

    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.

    Doors

    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 Evensong at 4 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.

    Accessibility 

    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 chancel.

    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.

    Some 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.

    Information about the technology installed in the Cathedral in October 2018 to aid those who have difficulty hearing can be found here.