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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Address: Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0) 1603 624615
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Ranked #7 of 76 Attractions in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: If you have never visited the Cathedral of St John the Baptist – now’s the time! The Cathedral of...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Another stunning (but less well known) cathedral in Norwich. If you visit when the sun is suing through the arched windows you will get some amazing, ethereal shots. A beautiful building and one very close to my heart.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is at the top of Grapes Hill and you can get there over the bridge from Upper St Giles in Norwich.This building is amazing in and out, lovely and peaceful place to reflect and light a candle for a loved one to remember.Their cafe is nice too with inside and outdoor seating looking out onto the grounds with a... More 

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

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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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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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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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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