The College Chapel is the Church of Saint Mary the Less, and you will find it on the Bailey just across the road from the main suite of College buildings. It was founded in around 1140, extensively renovated in 1847, and acquired by St John's College in 1919.
During University term there are daily services every weekday of Morning and Evening Prayer in the Chapel. Between these times the Chapel is open to visitors and College members alike, as a place of quiet and prayer. Whatever your own faith you are welcome to use the Chapel; please honour other visitors by respecting it as a place of prayer.
Sometimes the Chapel is in use for choir and other music rehearsals, which have been booked in advance with the College Chaplain. At these times the Chapel remains open to visitors.
The Chapel may on other occasions be booked as a space for music and theatre performances; these should be discussed and agreed with the Chaplain, who will consult with the Warden of Cranmer Hall as necessary.
The Chapel has also been featured in a local digital walking tour, along with many other places of historical interest in Durham. Most of the tour's content can be accessed remotely, making it suitable for people thinking of visiting Durham such as prospective students and tourists, or people who are unable to get to the city centre; the only feature that requires users to be on-site to unlock it is the quiz.
The Chaplain, Revd Dr Liz Kent, may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org