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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
+44 1603 624615
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There's more than one Cathedral in Norwich

We were visiting Norwich, and discovered that there is more than on impressive Cathedral here. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brisbane, Queensland
Norwich's other cathedral

No history as such, this is a late Victorian building on a monumental scale. At the opposite end of... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Bristol, United Kingdom
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If you have never visited the Cathedral of St John the Baptist – now’s the time! The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the UK. After nearly a century as the parish church of the Catholic community in Norwich it became the mother church of the new diocese of East Anglia in 1976. Now a Grade 1 listed building, its external grandeur and magnificent interior, especially the fine stonework and beautiful stained glass, make it well worth a visit for those interested in religious, spiritual or architectural history. You can even take tours up the tower, and see the wonderful views of Norwich and beyond. Since the opening of the Narthex in May 2010, the Cathedral also has an education gallery, a shop, a refectory and a community garden. Not only is the Cathedral an inspiring setting, but it is also a wonderful place to relax. Open seven days a week – 7.30am – 7.30pm. Entrance is FREE. Part of Norwich 12 - an initiative of Norwich Heritage, Economic & Regeneration Trust.
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Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
+44 1603 624615

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting Norwich, and discovered that there is more than on impressive Cathedral here. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist seemed well run - free on-site parking, a coffee shop, complete with chairs and tables in the well-manicured grounds, and a small gift...More

Thank seagullrob
Reviewed 4 May 2017

No history as such, this is a late Victorian building on a monumental scale. At the opposite end of the city to the Anglican cathedral, yet more prominent.

Thank ChurchCrawler
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This enormous building, which is only about one hundred years old, does not have too many of the Catholic trappings that one finds in some Roman Catholic churches, and which some non-believers find uncomfortable . Consequently, it feels more friendly although there is a complete...More

1  Thank mjc404
Reviewed 28 April 2017

I love going into churches when i'm away and this one did not disappoint, its truly beautiful and such care has been taken within the church. lovely fresh flowers.

Thank Q6772JOcarolineb
Reviewed 22 April 2017

I am catholic so I visited the church during holy week. I felt very peaceful inside and allowed me genuinely pray. I enjoyed all the descriptions about the catholic church on display in the Narthex - very educational!

Thank Steph L
Reviewed 7 April 2017

If you want a light lunch or a full meal with good tea and coffee then visit the Narthex at this historic gothic style Cathedral. You will be surprised at the meals and kindness of staff.

Thank stephen p
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Bit confusing.. but there are 2 cathedrals in Norwich. Both have their own distinct charm but have to be honest in my opinion the other one is better. But.. make up your own mind.....

Thank jwjoydays
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A curious mock up of a church, rather modern but in an older style, the highlight is the stone work, every bit of it is filled with fossils, on the steps, the walls, the pillars.

Thank Joanna H
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We have visited Norwich for a weekend a handful of times but didn't realise they had two Cathedrals until our return this month. We have visited Norwich Cathedral in the past a couple of times but this time when we arrived, they were charging for...More

1  Thank suziewoo24
Reviewed 25 January 2017

I attended a meeting in the conference facilities and visited the Cathedral. The Cathedral is beautiful, very well preserved. The conference facilities were good and enjoyed a good lunch. Obviously the menu is limited but some good choices.

Thank mkljrc
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David C
Do the tours operate year round? It mentions free summer drop in tours.
3 November 2016|
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Response from Martin P | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't have thought so as the tower part would get extremely icy in winter...send them a email or tweet them maybe
Gillian J
Is the cathedral wheelchair accessible?
23 October 2016|
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Response from climbing_the_walls | Reviewed this property |
Wheelchair access to the Cathedral is via the vehicle entrance off the pavement on Earlham Road. Continue along the side of the building until you come to the Narthex entrance. From here you have access to the Cathedral (and... More