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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 #8 of 95 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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Bury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you like churches and other religious sites, even if you're not religious, this is a nice place to visit. The building is beautiful and is probably second best after Norwich Cathedral.

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Swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is very much the location of an active, worshipping community. Beautiful cathedral with prayerful dignity maintained, while the narthex inc. restaurant is very light and modern with people on hand to welcome and advise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were staying near Norwich and wanted to see its 'other' cathedral - my wife being a well brought up catholic! Parking was plentiful and we were able to stroll into the town center afterwards. The first surprise was how relatively modern it was, given it was constructed in the Gothic style - it looked like something from the middle... More

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What attracted me to the church in the first place was definitely the whole architecture of the cathedral. It is pretty unique and was impressive enough for me. The church being an active place of worship comes with that divine air and It is very peaceful too to be inside. The stained glass works is one of the most impressive... More

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We've passed by in the car or on tge bus several times. but the firsdt time we've visited Norwich's 'other' Cathedral. Very pleasant.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I much prefer this to the better known Anglican Cathedral for the simple reason it still feels like a place of worship not a tourist attraction. It has a really peaceful feel to it. However for those visiting as a tourist, there are beautiful stained glass windows. There is a small cafe which does delicious food. Friendly staff. Worth a... More

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Norwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

An amazing gem of a place well worth a visit if in norwich. We also done the tower tour which is the highest point in norwich and could see the coast! (Happisburgh lighthouse). Then had lunch in the Narthex, a new restaurant in the extension and again great food, great value, lovely staff.

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