St John's Commandery

St John's Commandery
The ceiling of St John's Commandery.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Interior viewing by appointment only


Swingfield, Dover, Kent CT15 7HG

Before You Go

The flint-walled 13th century chapel and hall of a 'Commandery' of Knights Hospitallers, later converted into a farmhouse. It has a remarkable medieval crown post roof and 16th century ceilings with moulded beams.

Read more about the history of St John's Commandery.

Before You Go

Opening Times: Open any reasonable daylight hours for external viewing.  Internal viewing by appointment, call 01304 211067.

Access: To get to the site you will cross a gravel car park and grass. There are steep steps to the first floor, and two to three steps into the chapel.

Parking: Park in the driveway of the site.

Dogs: Assistance dogs only.

Plan a Great Day Out

Pack up a picnic and head down to the coast to Dover Castle. Explore centuries of history from the Romans to the Cold War. After meeting Henry II in the Great Tower and experiencing the sights and sounds of Operation Dynamo in the Wartime Tunnels, relax in one of the cafés and browse the well-stocked gift shop.

Dover is also home to the Napoleonic fortifications at Western Heights and to the foundations of Knights Templar Church


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