Visitor information – Opening times and fees
Opening Times (As from Monday 03 May 2021)
Monday to Friday
09.30 am to 4.30 pm (last admission at 4.00 pm)
09.30 am to 12.30 pm (last admission at 12.00 pm)
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays
For your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- a total of 100 visitors will be allowed at any one time;
- groups shall be of no more than 6 persons;
- visitors will need to wear a mask/visor;
- visitors’ temperature will be taken at the entrance;
- and public toilets will be kept closed.
Children under 12 years: Free (when accompanied by an adult)
Free Audio Guides
The entrance fee includes the provision of handheld audio guides with 17 stops which are available to visitors in these languages (Maltese, English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Russian). All visitors can make use of the free guides.
Access is provided to St John’s for wheelchair users and visitors with mobility issues, although access to some areas is restricted. For more information, please contact us.
The well-stocked book shop’s opening hours are the same as the Co-Cathedral’s visitor opening times mentioned above. Includes a wide variety of books related to St John’s Co-Cathedral, the history of Malta, the Knights of Malta and art as well as tourist guide books for St John’s and the Maltese islands in general. The shop also sells tourist related DVDs, postcards, souvenirs, posters, CDs of sacred music and maps.
- This is a place of worship. Please enter decently dressed.
- Shawls are provided at the entrance.
- Stiletto and narrow heels are not allowed.
- Slippers can be bought at the entrance.
- Wheeled suitcases and large rucksacks are not permitted in the Church.
- Hand Bags or backpacks to be worn in front or held in the hand.
- Photography is allowed, but the use of flash or tripods is not permitted in the Church.
Why we charge visitors
The interest in St John’s Co-Cathedral results in a high number of visitors but the delicate fabric of the church was not designed for so many visitors. The overhead and maintenance costs are very high. To help us sustain the building and conserve it with all its works of art we request an entrance fee. Conservation programmes are costly and are constantly being carried out to the highest specifications in order to preserve the Church in all its splendour. Our reward is your visit and appreciation.
If your intention is to pray please inform the staff at the main entrance and you will be guided to the designated chapel.
Limiting the number of visitors
Congestion or overcrowding can cause a great deal of harm to the building and its priceless artefacts. This is due to fast-rising temperatures and relative humidity levels brought about by aspiration and the body heat of large gatherings. Also, large crowds entering the co-cathedral at the same time can cause abrasions to the tombstones and the delicate wall carvings. The narrow passageways between chapels were designed for single persons passing through and tourists often come in large groups, accelerating congestion in the church which was not designed to accommodate such large numbers of roaming visitors.
For these reasons, the Foundation either staggers or limits the number of visitors within the co-cathedral at any one time. In the main nave, this is determined by the size of groups, in combination with the amount of individual or independent visitors, rather than a set number. No more than 30 persons are allowed in the Oratory at a time.
Such measures are mostly called upon in the busiest months of the year. The Foundation trusts that you appreciate the reasons for such a policy and thanks you in advance for your understanding.
From January till June 2021 , the Oratory is undergoing major restoration works,
but open for viewing of the Caravaggio paintings.
The Museum is currently closed for its extension and refurbishment.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.