St. Paul's Church
Top reasons to visit
- Explore the 7th century chancel
- See the original dedication stone
- Walk around the remains of the excavated grounds
St. Paul's is a living church, the parish church of Jarrow, which visitors are welcome to explore. The chancel is a direct survival from the 7th century when it was a free-standing chapel in the monastery. Inside the church, cemented into the wall of the tower, is the original stone slab which records in a Latin inscription the dedication of the church on 23 April AD 685.
Visitors can also see a window of Anglo-Saxon stained glass, “Bede’s Chair”, several Fenwick Lawson sculptures including Bede and the Ascended Christ, monastic ruins, a display of Anglo-Saxon carved stones with vine/bird/animal tracery, and baluster stones. Come and stand in the church Bede knew and pray where Bede prayed
A gift shop in the church sells a variety of goods including: postcards, glassware, china, jewellery, guide books, crucifixes, preserves, cards, and a selection of books.
History tours and pilgrimage services are available.
School groups wishing for an educational visit should book through Bede's World.
English Heritage have audio tours of St. Paul's, just click here to listen, and download them if you wish.
Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm
Sunday – open for morning Eucharist (10.45am start unless notices state otherwise) then 2pm – 4pm for visitors
Groups wishing to visit, whether inside or outside normal opening times, should contact the verger (Mr Jimmy Guy) on 0191 489 6670.
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