Visitor Welcome

The City Parish Church of St John the Baptist is two minutes walk from the Castle. After the Castle it is Cardiff's second oldest building and is open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am until 3.00 pm and until after Evensong on Sundays.

A Tea Room, The Cafe@St John's, operates in the church Vestry during the week.  (See Whats On page for opening times.)  It is run by volunteers to welcome visitors by serving delicious cakes and sandwiches as well as hot and cold drinks, and light snacks, at very reasonable prices!


St John's  welcomes voluntary and civic bodies for their special celebrations, and individuals from the city, the region, and all over the world.


Together with Ewenny Priory, Llandaff Cathedral, Llantwit Major Parish Church, and Margam Abbey Church, St John's is one of five Beacon Churches in South East Wales - buildings of distinction, both architectural and historical, worth seeing by visitors to Wales.   To find our more about Welsh churches open to visitors visit :

Well worth seeing: 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.

Late sixteenth century chapel with an unusual tomb with effigies of the two Herbert brothers - one custodian of the castle, the other an Elizabethan diplomat.

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.

'Father' Willis organ of distinction. Recently restored it is one of the finest in Wales, and used for concerts as well as accompanying worship.