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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 92 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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Swansea
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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Spalding, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a lovely place to visit and not the most obvious place to attraction in Norwich. The location of the Anglican Cathedral is more easily accessible but not as impressive as the Catholic one. It is in peaceful and quiet surroundings and very impressive to walk round, with excellent architecture filling a very sizeable building. Very informative with relaxing... More

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Boston Spa
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17 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Beautiful building with a host of enthusiastic volunteers. Well worth a visit and a snack in the cafe.

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Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I have wanted to visit this building for years so when a friend said she wanted to meet me in Norwich but didn't know where to go that she hadn't been to before I suggested the Catholic Cathedral and we were so glad we went. A very formidable building that towers above the surrounding buildings and can be seen for... More

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Fareham
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We visited this cathedral to attend a concert. Having been to the Anglican cathedral, we did not know what to expect but this cathedral is a gem. The architecture is wonderful and the atmosphere lent a charm to the singing - very good accoustic. The resident priest could not have been more welcoming. This is obviously a much loved spiritual... More

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