image for Church item typeSt John the Baptist Church, Coltishall

Church, free entry


Church Street,
NR12 7DW

St John the Baptist Church

St John the Baptist Church


Wind - eyes (round Saxon, originally unglazed, windows) high up under the newly replaced thatch give a clue to the churches age. Parts are a thousand years old! But new bits were added in the 1200s, 1400s and Victorian times. Its fun to see if you can guess which bits came first. The original builders re-used red brick, quarried from Roman ruins, to make a sharp right angled corner in the flint and mortar walls. One can see the outline of the first building built into the north wall when the church was enlarged in 13th century.

Inside the church is bright, clean and obviously loved. Stained glass windows and modern hand made kneelers add splashes of colour that contrast with the cool white walls and ceiling. Sit for a while and enjoy the peace. It is breathing place where those of all religions or none are welcome!

Before you leave, wander round and enjoy several centuries of memorials to local worthies! Children might like to search for momento mori - those images meant to remind you of your mortality. There are skull reliefs on the cap of gatepost leading into the churchyard and in the south aisle what could be mistaken for a pirate grave with skull and cross bones!

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Open 9am til dusk everyday. Join the church for worship at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Family Service on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. Please be sensitive to those taking part in occasional services - weddings, baptisms and funeral - which happen from time to time


Free entry

Offers free admission and a warm welcome to those of all religions or none who respect it as a place for prayer and reflection.



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Map reference: TG 272197  Lat: 52.72719 Long: 1.36329

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Hoveton station


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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