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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

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Address: Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
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+44 1603 624615
07:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 20:00

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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Norwich's other cathedral

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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 lack of spirituality, probably due to its vast size. The whole building simply overwhelms you.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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
Bideford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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.....

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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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
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 entry. As we had already seen it before, we were disappointed we couldn't just have... More 

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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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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.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

A really beautifull building clean warm, historical and a pleasure to visit, really interesting lovely staff very helpfull

Thank roger b

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