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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
+44 1603 624615
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The Victorians lacked flair in building gothic. None of the gravity defying arches and windows... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
johnahall
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Gothic beauty

An amazing gothic inspired Catholic cathedral which rises above the city placing it among the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tryingtobeawriter
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Norwich, 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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Victorians lacked flair in building gothic. None of the gravity defying arches and windows . Very solid and dark

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An amazing gothic inspired Catholic cathedral which rises above the city placing it among the skyline. Walking through the building the enormity will make you feel monumentally small in comparison which is the idea with religion. Beautiful stonework with a history on the wall of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This wonderful cathedral is located on Unthank Road and was constructed between 1882 and 1910 to designs by George Gilbert Scott, Jr. as a parish church dedicated to John the Baptist, on the site of the old Norwich City Gaol. It was financed by Henry...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had already visited Ely Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral and thought we'd check it off the list, but didn't expect much as it appears forboding. We loved this Cathedral. There were no tour guides to show us around, and hardly any tourists. The Cathedral is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful and interesting building. Like the way the new building doesn't detract from the Cathedral. Enjoyed walking around and reading the History which is situated in new part. Also went to mass here at 6pm on Sat. Really nice service. The 2 Cathedrals in Norwich...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is free to go into although donations are welcome. There are staff around who will pass on their knowledge to you with a smile, they all go out their way to give you an experience that is so worthwhile. The Architecture is stunning as...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Having completed a city walk we had lunch in the refectory , on a summer day it would be a great outdoor venue in the garden. The staff made us welcome and no trouble to reserve a table. The choice of soup was hard to...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Born and bred in Norwich but had never visited the Catholic Cathedral before. What a magnificent building with a popular café and great information about Catholicism in England and the history of the Cathedral. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Great venue and the food is tasty. Lovely to pop in for tea and scones. I have had breakfast here a few times also and again good choice and tasty.

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Reviewed 13 December 2017

What a find, The refectory offers delicious snacks and meals throughout the day. We enjoyed spicy parsnip soup with cheese scone, linguine Bolognese, and vegetable curry. The menu is varied and at this time of year offers a three course Christmas dinner. Cheery volunteers help...More

Thank Ian M
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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
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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
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