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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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Worth a visit, to compare with 'The Cathedral'

A rare example of a building by George Gilbert, or 'Middle' Scott, the son of the more famous George Gilbert Scott that designed St. Pancras and Albert Memorial, and the father of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Norwich, Norfolk
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A rare example of a building by George Gilbert, or 'Middle' Scott, the son of the more famous George Gilbert Scott that designed St. Pancras and Albert Memorial, and the father of the more famous Giles Gilbert Scott, that designed the red telephone box, Bankside power station (now Tate Modern) and Liverpool Anglican cathedral. It is a rather heavy building,... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

What a beautiful haven, a place to sit in silence, pray, light a candle and take in the serene atmosphere. This RC cathedral is the jewel in Norwich's crown.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A bit smaller than the better known Norwich Cathedral, but just as perfectly formed. It's a little off the main Norwich tourist trail, but just as inspiring as the older church for being built far more recently. The little cathedral shop is a find for anyone in search of religious gifts.

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Killorglin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Worth a visit just to see a great building as well as the nearby plantation garden. We attended mass at this catholic cathedral when we were in Norwich. The acoustics in this large space were great and everybody was friendly.

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited with our 15 month old and had a lovely time wandering around. Good facilities and a great little cafe. The incense was present but not pungent and, for a Catholic church the building was pleasantly understated. Would be a wonderful place to just sit down and get away from the world outside for a few minutes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

From the outside this massive Victorian Gothic style cathedral is imposing to see. I went inside but it seemed a bit bland. There were people praying so I didn't spend much time looking. I felt it may be disrespectful

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

the smell of incense is wonderful some many small side alters both grand and plain I found absolutely nothing to dislike

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Norwich, Eng
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely Gothic Building Nice that there is no charge - makes it more like a church than a tourist venue. Very peaceful. Great Tower tours give view over city and interesting seeing inside of building - how it was constructed etc. restaurant v good value & new visitors centre child friendly

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Interesting internal stonework containing some lovely fossils. A considerable amount of work building the 'narthex' and if you know what one of those is, you might enjoy it!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This cathedral is magnificent in its own way as to rival the COE one across town. Though not blessed (pardon the pun) with the gorgeous grounds of the other, it's interior is every bit as beautiful.

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