St John's Commandery

Though many of English Heritage’s Free to Enter sites remain open to visitors, unfortunately it has been necessary – as a result of advice relating to coronavirus - to close St John's Commandery for operational reasons, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Free Entry

Exterior viewing 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: The chapel can be viewed externally during any reasonable daylight hours. Internal viewing is by appointment only - to arrange a visit, please telephone our Customer Services team on 0370 333 1181.

Access: The car park has a gravel surface and there is some grass to cross to the chapel door. There are two to three steps into the chapel, and steep steps to its first floor.

Parking: Please 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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