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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

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Address: Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0) 1603 624615
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Description: 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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Norwichs' 2nd Cathedral

The nice thing I like about old churches and cathedrals is that it provides quiet time where you can stop, recharge your batteries, contemplate and appreciate the hard work and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The nice thing I like about old churches and cathedrals is that it provides quiet time where you can stop, recharge your batteries, contemplate and appreciate the hard work and effort that must have gone in to creating such a place. Its appearance belies its relatively modern date of construction but nevertheless it is still worthy of a visit. It... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

A beautiful cathedral built in 1900"s ,Very pleasant cafe with outside seating, Ideally combine with trip to lantation Gardens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This wonderful building was completed in 1910 but looks and feels like a medieval cathedral. Very peaceful and enjoyable visit. There are great and modern toilet facilities and a good cafe.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a building which I think gets overlooked somewhat in Norwich, partly due to it's location (just outside the centre on the busy and noisy Earlham Road although not actually that far to walk) and because it doesn't hit the city skyline in the same way it's 'rival' cathedral. Yet for me it is underrated and definitely worth going... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My friend and I went inside out of curiosity. We noticed, on walking around, that they laid on guided visits to the roof of the tower at set times. So we went into their cafe and had some very nice hot chocolate drink whilst we waited. I noticed that they were serving very tasty looking food and snacks at reasonable... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We attended the Cathedral as part of the heritage open day and booked a tour of the tower. A tight, twisty walk we eventually reached the top. Our guide was patient, reassuring and informative. The views looking both inside the cathedral & out were amazing. The views across the fine city of Norwich were worth the climb!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Excellent place to visit for anyone,lovely cathedral,amazing building,beautiful place to pray,contemplate or watever you feel like doing:-)

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We walked up from the city centre as the guide at the castle said it was worth a visit. If you are into massive Victorian Gothic this might be your thing but we found it ugly and with nothing really to create any interest. The interior seemed surprisingly plain for an RC cathedral. As a church I'm sure it's fine... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

What a master piece of a building with amazing leaded glass windows. A truly peaceful place. A nice little cafe to enjoy a snack with homemade cakes/savories. Friendly staff.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This cathedral is a pretty standard catholic one(!) The best bit for me was a tour to the top of the tower which happened on a special open day. I believe you can arrange a tour at other times also by contacting the staff. I visited on a sunny day and the views were fantastic. You could see the wind... More 

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