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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

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Address: Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
Phone Number: +44 1603 624615
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If you have never visited the Cathedral of St John the Baptist – now’s the...

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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Out of centre but worth the effort

Not inspiring from the outside and adjacent to a busy road but suggest forget this and venture inside where I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Amazing stained glass windows and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
BigSteve85
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Essex, United Kingdom

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Not inspiring from the outside and adjacent to a busy road but suggest forget this and venture inside where I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Amazing stained glass windows and one of the very few places where "holy water" is available.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm brought up RC but have a passion for the architecture of any church. Beautiful building, very interesting history and of course that lovely feeling of peace and closeness to God when you go round. A must to visit in Norwich whatever faith you are or not.

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Groomsport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

More modern Cathedral than the other Norwich one but I liked it more. The stain glass windows are amazing. Perhaps since less visited it retains a more friendly feeling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I took the guided tour with my daughter. We had very good guide who told us the story of the cathedral in a way that I will remember. Maybe not for people who are sceard of hights.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Beautiful building with awesome stained glass windows. Great lobby with shop, cafe and toilets. We were made to feel welcome - approached by a guide who shared the history of the cathedral with us and pointed out a lot of details we would have missed. No pressure to give a donation - a lovely experience.

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Penicuik, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Worth visiting. Awe inspiring building, and nice café area if you want to rest. Depending on time of day, the light coming through stained glass windows gives fantastic patterns.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

While this cathedral is smaller than the other in Norwich, I personally preferred this one! This cathedral has a lovely garden where we were informed that everything that is grown there is used in the cafe. Although we didn't eat there because we'd already eaten, the cafe looked nice too. Everything about the cathedral has a friendly feel and I'd... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

If you get the chance to do a tower tour you are in for a treat....Best views of the city and Norfolk can be seen from the top and best thing it's free but a donation are accepted, pity tower tours aren't done daily but guess not enough demand atm. Cafe is a little expensive but free WiFi access

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Thank Martin P
norwich
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Went to have breakfast here with my parents my husband and my son . There was no breakfast option so had to buy him a sausage sandwich which was £4 . For 2 pieces of bread and 2 sausages this seemed a lot . I ordered a full English breakfast which was £7 while the food was nice I got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We were there for a short visit in the late afternoon. We arrived just after a wedding had finished. Beautiful place.

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