We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0) 1603 624615
Website
Today
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 143 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Loved the stained glass

Beautiful building with awesome stained glass windows. Great lobby with shop, cafe and toilets. We were made to feel welcome - approached by a guide who shared the history of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
JayC442014
,
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Similar Things to Do in Norwich

Add Photo Write a Review

143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 134: English reviews
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building with awesome stained glass windows. Great lobby with shop, cafe and toilets. We were made to feel welcome - approached by a guide who shared the history of the cathedral with us and pointed out a lot of details we would have missed. No pressure to give a donation - a lovely experience.

Helpful?
Thank JayC442014
Penicuik, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
227 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth visiting. Awe inspiring building, and nice café area if you want to rest. Depending on time of day, the light coming through stained glass windows gives fantastic patterns.

Helpful?
Thank Andrew G
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While this cathedral is smaller than the other in Norwich, I personally preferred this one! This cathedral has a lovely garden where we were informed that everything that is grown there is used in the cafe. Although we didn't eat there because we'd already eaten, the cafe looked nice too. Everything about the cathedral has a friendly feel and I'd... More 

Helpful?
Thank siwonish
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you get the chance to do a tower tour you are in for a treat....Best views of the city and Norfolk can be seen from the top and best thing it's free but a donation are accepted, pity tower tours aren't done daily but guess not enough demand atm. Cafe is a little expensive but free WiFi access

Helpful?
Thank Martin P
norwich
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to have breakfast here with my parents my husband and my son . There was no breakfast option so had to buy him a sausage sandwich which was £4 . For 2 pieces of bread and 2 sausages this seemed a lot . I ordered a full English breakfast which was £7 while the food was nice I got... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lucy P
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
72 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there for a short visit in the late afternoon. We arrived just after a wedding had finished. Beautiful place.

Helpful?
Thank eb402016
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
98 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

In architectural terms this cathedral, for the Roman Catholic diocese, is a good example of what the Victorians wanted to believe the medieval architects would have built were they alive in the 19th Century. It was primarily funded by a £200k donation from a Duke and, although it has a far smaller site that the medieval masons had to play... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mike S
Province of Rome, Italy
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

This is the main Cathedral for the Catholic faith within East Anglia. The place is absolutely beautiful and full of history and interest ,although not that old. The Priests are very welcoming as are all of the other employees. The food within the Narthex is second to none and one of the best Sunday lunches I have ever had, well... More 

Helpful?
Thank leecoomber7
Berne
Level Contributor
153 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

This is a working church with some architectural merit, but not outstanding. It is interesting as one of the grander works of George Gilbert Scott junior (son of George who designed St Pancras and father of Giles who designed Battersea Power Station and the red telephone box). More interesting is its history and its connections with the Howard family, while... More 

Helpful?
Thank HectorFromBerne
Honiton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Visited after being told about its existence by a tourist guide. A short walk from the city centre not so well known as Norwich Cathedral very impressive building and well worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank shearsjj

Travelers who viewed Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist also viewed

 

Been to Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?