St John's Cathedral interior

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Take in the splendour of this Victorian church, with wooden vaulted ceiling, that was built in five phases from 1882-1925 and consecrated in 1887.

During World War II, St. John's was extensively damaged and Bishop's House was destroyed by a bomb. All stained glass windows, except rose window over the organ, were either damaged or destroyed, and were repaired or replaced. The sanctuary walls, where the High Altar was positioned, were covered by paintings by Nathanel Westlake. These were also damaged and in 1972 were painted out. In 1906 the High Altar was moved forward and placed under an elaborate baldacchino.

The cathedral was designed by John Crawley in 1877-1881. Crawley died just as building started and his partner Joseph Hansom took over the project and modified the design, working on it until 1896. The church is built of Fareham Red Brick with Portland stone dressings.

More recently, in 2010, a three-metre statue of St John the Evangelist - sponsored by the Friends of the Cathedral - was unveiled outside. It was sculpted by Philip Jackson, one of the foremost figurative sculptors in Britain today.

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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop system
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • Catering for groups
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Light refreshments, sandwiches, hot and cold beverages. Buffet for groups when pre-arranged.

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Delta
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

St. John's Roman Catholic Cathedral

Type:Cathedral / Minister

Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, Hamsphire, PO1 3HG

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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
St. John's Roman Catholic Cathedral (28 Aug 2023 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 18:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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