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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
44 (0) 1603 624615
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Ranked #7 of 99 Attractions in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Peaceful grounds but to make a donation of £10 per person unreasonable. Note donation is only recommended as an entrance fee into a church!

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It was nice to visit this cathedral as well as the Norwich Cathedral. So much history in both and we liked this one even better than the larger one. Even better if you are abe to attend a service there.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This gothic revival cathedral is impressive for it's architecture and for the play of light inside as sunlight pour through the stained glass windows. The cathedral is about a 20 minute walk from the Anglican Cathedral through the interesting town centre. This is a must visit place..I highly recommend a trip to Norwich...an easy day trip from London.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This place was built as a parish church, but its huge - and became the Catholic Cathedral when the new diocese was created in 1974. On a hill just outside the ring road it dominates the view from one part of the town as much as the medieval cathedral does from another. And, though it may lack that sense of... More

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Manchester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We could not decide which of Norwich's 2 cathedrals to visit. Location made us choose the catholic younger version and we were not disappointed. It has the feel of an anglican cathedral both inside and out. There are some wonderful stained glass windows and the light creates some wonderful picture opportunities. There is no charge to enter.

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Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you're in Norwich for a day and want to end it with prayer the cathedral has a Saturday evening mass around 6 pm. Their coffee shop serves good snacks and the book shop is well maintained and an excellent place to browse for gifts.

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Lincolnshire
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47 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Whilst in Norwich, playing the organ at the "other" cathedral, I headed here having driven past the building. There is ample free car parking for visitors, clearly signed off the main road. The best entrance is via the modern narthex extension, which includes a café (not sampled) as well as a series of interesting boards detailing the history of cathedrals,... More

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Bury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We called into the Cathedral whilst having a walk around Norwich. The architecture of the building is stunning and the Cathedral is easily in the top 5 churches we have visited over the years. As an Anglican I often find Catholic churches a little overly decorated but St Johns was refreshingly modest.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

We hopped off the city tour to look around the cathedral. It is beautiful inside and the workmanship is stunning. You are free to look around and there are no stuffy attendants watching you like a hawk, no signs telling you that you can't take photos or go here or there. You can wander around as you please, light candles,... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped in here on a Sunday, shortly after the 11am mass finished. It wasn't too busy, plus it was very quiet. We spent some time looking around & could take photos. There is a lot of information around, not just about the cathedral, but its program's, volunteer work, organisations & other information outside of the building. The stained glass... More

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