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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
+44 1603 624615
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Wonderfully spiritual

I always like to visit churches and cathedrals. This cathedral is spectacular with Victorian... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Not the 'younger brother' to the C of E cathedral

We popped in here on the Heritage Open Weekend recently and were treated to a superb tour of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colchester, 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 4 days ago

I always like to visit churches and cathedrals. This cathedral is spectacular with Victorian architecture which i'm a fan of, it is absolutely stunning.

Thank BajanSammy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped in here on the Heritage Open Weekend recently and were treated to a superb tour of the 'hidden places' around the cathedral, from the balconies to the roof voids, showing that the stone that the cathedral appears to be made from is just...More

Thank sfmann106
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful Victorian (?) Cathedral with plenty to admire architecturally. Peaceful and calm in the city bustle.

Thank GJT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very striking building built on a mound overlooking the city. It is comparitively new with work starting on it as late as 1884. the first services were held in 1910.However it should be said that much earlier buildings were constructed on the...More

Thank Barry S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite a contrast from the main cathedral and was unaware it existed. Obviously not in the same league but a beautiful place and worth a visit.Free entry. Great architecture in pleasant grounds.

Thank jpeerless
Reviewed 9 August 2017

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

Thank cargocycles
Reviewed 6 August 2017

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 5 August 2017 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 3 August 2017

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
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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