Learn all about Cardiff in the oldest church in the city
This is the oldest church in the city centre and apart from parts of Cardiff Castle is said to be the oldest building in Cardiff still in constant use. The church is next to 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 area.
St John’s welcomes about a thousand city visitors a week and hosts many different celebrations for city institutions, charities, and individuals. Cardiff’s mediaeval castle, the Welsh National stadium, the city’s main shopping centre, national and civic institutions are based within the parish. Focus for visitors and city centre workers to worship, also venue for concerts, art exhibitions, lectures.
Church is in pedestrianised zone. Follow signs for city centre from trunk routes. Surface parking along North Rd beside Castle wall, and multi storey parks around the city’s inner ring of roads.
If you arrive in Cardiff by train, coach or bus at Cardiff Central station, turn right into Wood Street and at the juntion with St Mary Street, cross the road, and turn left. Walk up St Mary Street towards the Castle. Turn second right, into Church Street and you will see the fine fifteenth century tower of the Parish Church of St John the Baptist ahead of you
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