A warm welcome to the Narthex, where the door is always open to you, regardless of your faith, beliefs or denomination.
Here at the Narthex, we provide a space for meeting others, to arrange special events or to simply take some time for your own reflections.
Join our lively community at the Narthex café, where there is ample room to catch up with your friends and to make new ones. We serve hot and cold drinks, wholesome food and sweet treats to our visitors. Discover more about the history of the Cathedral itself and the story behind this inspirational place, which was named the ‘Narthex’ because it acts as the front door to our stunning House of God. The Narthex has given our Cathedral a new way to experience since we opened in 2010, and made St. John the Baptist’s truly accessible to everyone.
Choose our beautiful building as the backdrop to your special day or family occasion. Host a dinner, a dance, a networking or business event in our fully licensed bar and function hall safe in the knowledge that you will be well looked after. Whatever the reason for your visit to The Narthex, for a delightful surprise be sure to step out into the charming private garden lovingly cultivated by our wonderful volunteers.