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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 103 Attractions in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

A sis often the way more modern, in this case Victorian cathedrals tend not to be busy and noisy. this was no exception a beautiful place of peace and reflection, neat and ordered. The cafe was very good, very reasonable prices and nice smacks and cakes

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Larger than it looks with a magnificent roof. The organ was being tuned so it was noisy and and a bit of a strain on the ears but obviously this doesn't happen everyday!

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Shipley, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A lovely peaceful visit. We were made very welcome and time given to us to outline the history of the Cathedral.

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Letchworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Although quite a walk from the city centre - this was well worth it. A place of peace for prayer and reflection.

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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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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77 helpful votes 77 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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