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St. John's Anglican Cathedral (St. John the Divine)
St. John's Anglican Cathedral (St. John the Divine)

St. John's Anglican Cathedral (St. John the Divine)

Free admission

The basics

The cathedral’s 70-foot (21-meter) towers serve as distinctive landmarks of the island, as they are the first structures that people see when approaching Antigua by boat. While the view is impressive to some, the sight of the towers once struck fear into the hearts of slaves who were arriving, as it reminded them of the oppressive power of the British who ruled over Antigua. Stop by the cathedral and see the famed bronze statues of the two saints: St. John the Baptist and the one whom the church was named after, St. John the Divine. The stoic, European look of the cathedral is a unique departure from the relaxed ocean vibe of this Caribbean island. Guided cultural tours of Antigua typically include a stop at the cathedral.

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City of St John's Sightseeing Tour
City of St John's Sightseeing Tour
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$58.98 per adult
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Highly recommend!
My tour guide Lionel was amazing! He took me all over the island explaining everything, went to the market place, shopping, and seeing the beautiful homes, as well as areas the government needs to help 😞. Highly recommend this tour, and very safe during Covid.
Kelly_B, Feb 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in St John's

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Antigua Sightseeing
Tammie_W, Jun 2021
City of St John's Sightseeing Tour
The driver was knowledable, friendly & kind. I'm glad I used this service. This was a great experience.
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Great tour
Susan_C, Dec 2020
City of St John's Sightseeing Tour
Dale was brilliant, knowledgable and funny. Because I have been here a few times before he kindly took me to see places I wanted to see that were not on the itinerary. Can’t praise him enough
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St John‘s visit
MarieChristine_G, May 2020
City of St John's Sightseeing Tour
My husband and I decided to book this tour to visit Antigua’s capitol with a guide who could tell us about the city’s history. We got the chance to spend the morning with Gregory who was an absolute delight to tour with. We got the chance to visit the market, as well as some of the other sights. Gregory was funny and very descriptive (which was perfect for my husband who is blind). It was definitely time well spent. Thanks again, Gregory, for a great outing.

Things to know before you go

  • The church reopened in 2018, following extensive restorations, which are still ongoing.
  • A historic graveyard dating back to the 1700s is also on-site.
  • The cathedral is also known as St. John the Divine, the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba.
  • Outside the Heritage Quay area, sidewalks and roads in Antigua can be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair; booking a wheelchair-accessible tour is advised.
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How to get there

St. John's Cathedral is located on the western end of Antigua and is about a 15-minute drive from the airport. The cathedral is within walking distance of most of the historical attractions of Antigua. It is also close to the two main bus stations, the West bus station located opposite the public market and the East bus station on Independence Avenue.

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Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day in St. John’s

How to Spend 1 Day in St. John’s


When to get there

Mass and prayer services are held throughout the week in both the mornings and evenings; check the cathedral website for times. Overall, you’ll encounter the biggest crowds from December to February, as this is peak tourist season in Antigua. For an authentic island experience, visit during Antigua’s Carnival, which takes place from late July to early August. The 13-day event features parades, pageants, concerts, and more, attracting plenty of locals and visitors.

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The Museum of Antigua & Barbuda

Less than a 5-minute walk from the cathedral, the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda, located in the former St. John’s Courthouse, recounts the history of this twin-island nation, from its geological beginnings to its political independence from Britain. There is also a small gift shop on site selling work by local artists.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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