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Church, free entry

Conisbrough St Peter

Conisbrough St Peter


Sarah Arthur

0845 652 9634

0777 987 5642


Church Street,
DN12 3HL


As you walk into St Peters church an 8th century welcome greets you!

Described as the oldest building in South Yorkshire, the church has a lovely 'across the centuries' feel. There is a warmth and peach which comes to you from the many Christians who have worshipped here down the ages.

Built in Saxon times (c740-750AD) it served as a Minster (or 'mother church') to around seventeen other churches from Harthill in the west to Goole in the east. For 400 years it remained in its original form. From c1100 the church was extended and expanded until c1450 when the church became much as it is today.

There are many interesting features to see. These include the 'hagioscope' and 'lychnoscope' - two squints of different ages. There is a medieval altar slab removed from the ruins of Conisbrough Castle chapel and aumbrys and piscinas of different ages and styles as well as a 15th century font and two 13th century stained glass windows.

In the porch why not try and determine the subject of a lovely Roman-British carving, inside the church you can discover a 12th century tomb chest mentioned by Sir Walter Scott in the notes to his novel 'Ivanhoe'. Children can count how many carved mice they can find on pieces of furniture by Robert 'mouse-man' Thompson.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Please bear in mind that heritage faith sites are all working buildings and may be closed on some days for special occasions. Please contact HERITAGE INSPIRED for latest opening times of our partner sites.


Free entry

May charge for some activities and events.


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Map reference: SK 512988  Lat: 53.48342 Long: -1.22990

A1(M) J36. A630 into Conisbrough. Right at crossroads, follow road and turn left up Dale Road. Follow road to left, then turn right. Church on left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Conisbrough station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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