St John on the Wall

St John on the Wall, Bristol

St John on the Wall
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Step through the city gate and into medieval Bristol with a visit to St John on the Wall. Explore the hidden church built into Bristol's old city wall. Discover the simple elegance of the airy upper church and then descend into the atmospheric crypt below. As you walk through over 600 years of history uncover the stories of those who lived their lives in the medieval city of Bristol. Visit St John on the Wall for a free guided tour of this old city landmark. Discover: - why Walter Frampton - three times mayor of Bristol - paid for the rebuilding of St John on the Wall in the 1300s - what the merchants of Bristol imported and exported in one of the most prosperous times of the city's history - how vital St John's conduit was to the old city and why it sometimes poured wine rather than water - the symbols and stories hidden in the puzzling stained glass - why it was a good idea to build a church into a wall If the doors are closed please call us as the key is available nearby
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,964 contributions
Aug 2020
The gate way from shopping area to more historic area of Bristol is via the gate way at St John's, well maintained with a working clock.
Written 8 September 2020
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Steve L
Bristol, UK55 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A visit to Bristol is not complete without a walk through St Johns Gateway. Only one of the original gateways remaining that allowed access to the medieval city. Standing alongside the church of St John in the wall (which is built into the city wall) it dates back to the earliest days of Bristol.

Originally built as one archway passage, two smaller archways were constructed on either side to allow for pedestrians in the 1820’s.
Written 1 March 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,344 contributions
Feb 2020
The exterior of this old church, which is no longer functioning as such, is very interesting and well worth including on your tour of Bristol city centre. Sadly the door was locked and there was no access when I called one afternoon. I have since leaned from its web-page the church, which is run by volunteers, is usually open between 11am and 2pm, and that you should (quote) 'Call Ed McGregor Volunteering Officer 07872 502 118 in advance to ensure that the church will be open for your visit.'
Written 25 February 2020
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,301 contributions
Nov 2019
St John on the Wall is no longer an active church, but it is kept open by the church's conservation trust. It is a good example of a medieval church that managed to survive the blitz of Bristol during WW2. One of the most interesting parts of the church is the crypt, but on my visit, this was not open.

The 14th-century church is built into the old city wall, Originally there were five churches built into the wall, but this is the only one that has survived. The church incorporates that last remaining city gateway, the two pedestrian tunnels and the tower and steeple were added in the 19th century. The oak pews date from c.1621.
Written 16 November 2019
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JuneBug1939
Weston super Mare, UK4,132 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is hidden in the old city wall, a gem indeed, full of history. Very knowledgeable volunteers to take you through the timeline. Has to be seen! Steep steps down into the crypt!
Written 24 July 2019
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vew124
Swansea, UK30 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Came upon this Church and was very impressed. The lady volunteer who spoke knowledgeably about the history of this Church was very accommodating. She took us to the crypt which we found closed and was very helpful. I would recommend this place to everyone interested in history as it is very interesting.
Written 17 June 2019
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mkljrc
Gerrards Cross, UK484 contributions
Aug 2018
It is run by volunteers who were willing to help. I like to take my time and observe the details of such a lovely old building. I am sure many miss this little treasure.
Written 9 August 2018
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Peter B
Clevedon, UK1,630 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Situated on the ancient city walls this delightful church and crypt are included on the Sacred Bristol walking tour published by the Tourist information office.
Written 23 March 2018
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NorthofTheWall
Glasgow, UK181 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
I was lucky to find this fantastic Church open as it is looked after by volunteers who give their time freely - when they are able. Many thanks to Bear for showing me around and particularly into the Crypt, which is also available to hire as a venue - in case you local Bristol folk don't know. The roof in the Church is one of the finest examples of the 'Boat Building' type of construction..Awesome! (which was my alternative title btw)
Written 3 March 2018
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Thanks for your comment! We are glad you enjoyed it.
Written 5 March 2018
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CASPER0067
Bristol71 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
I went for the first time last night and was amazed at what I saw. I've lived here most of my life and never visited before - shame on me! It's a very interesting and historical building. Please pay a visit
Written 7 December 2017
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