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St. John

St. John's Gate
St. John's Lane

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Take a tour around the ancient Priory of the Knights Hospitallers with its Tudor Gate House, 16th century Church and 12th century Crypt. In the Middle Ages, warrior monks set out from here to fight for the faith and tend the sick in their hospital in Jerusalem.

Inside the Gate, see fine collections of silver, ceramics, furniture and paintings from the Knights' time in Malta. Treasures in the museum include illuminated manuscripts, armour and a cannon given to the Knights by Henry VIII.

Shakespeare's and Dr Johnson's workplace, Hogarth's childhood home, and Dickens's Club, St John's Gate has many literary and artistic associations to explore. In more recent times, St John Ambulance was founded here and a new interactive exhibition tells its story.

Discover its surprising history, from the early days of the industrial revolution to the vital role St John continues to play within health care today. Enjoy touchscreen multimedia exhibits, see early film footage and listen to the stories of ordinary members and their extraordinary experiences.


Nearest Train Station: Farringdon
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Tourist Info Number: +44 (0)20 7251 6311
Months Open: Year Round - Except: Bank Holidays, Easter and Christmas
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes - See Below
Coach Parking: Yes - Public
Car Parking: Yes - Public
Wedding Facilities: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Contact Name for Groups: Carolyn Brownhill
Admission Price: Museum Free but £4 donation for tours
Gift Shop: Yes

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