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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
+44 1603 624615
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A very interesting place.

Originally a late gothic catholic church later promoted to a cathedral. superb architechture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
A ittle visited Gem

We stayed near here and I'm so glad we called in. The gothic architecture looks far olderr than it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marina S
Cardiff, 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 1 week ago

Originally a late gothic catholic church later promoted to a cathedral. superb architechture, trips up the tower, and an excellent cafe.

Thank cargocycles
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed near here and I'm so glad we called in. The gothic architecture looks far olderr than it is, being Victorian, but is elegant and peaceful. We had a lovely welcome and a very peaceful visit. Please do visit the OTHER Norwich cathedral!

Thank Marina S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had in mind to visit Norwich cathedral but first was Plantation Gardens. A taxi ride to the latter from the Station was worth the trip. A welcome discovery was St John's Cathedral within a very short distance of the gardens. Making it well worth...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite hard to navigate the ring road and street system to walk here. Very quiet when we were there. Impressive in size. Disappointed to find the cafe closed for staff training, and the bookshop closed at 4.00pm. Indeed the place was deserted and felt a...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 29 June 2017

St John's is a beautiful church, inspiring, quiet (when we visited, but to hear the choir and organ, or even holy mass would be good, we settled for the quiet of a mid-morning.. Don't miss the Narthex with its shop, cafe and lovley garden.

Thank Sanctipetri
Reviewed 27 June 2017

A wonderful Cathedral of huge proportions. It's interior is absolutely stunning. This is well worth a visit

Thank Jw2006
Reviewed 10 June 2017

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
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David C
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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
24 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