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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
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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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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Beautiful Cathedral

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

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

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 22 November 2016

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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