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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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Once a grand Catholic Church (patron the 15th Duke of Norfolk) but now the Catholic Cathedral of the relatively new diocese of East Anglia this year celebrating its 40th birthday. The inside is light, airy and welcoming with decorative pillars pointing up to the attractive altar with stained glass windows. Marble decoration on the creamy pillars uses unusual contrasting dark... More 

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Thank S R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very attractive and surprisingly colourful insider. They had a Holy door but didn't explain the background to it so we asked. An explanation of it's current focus would have been good (and we are Catholic too)

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Thank peteduk
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love to shoot in here when I'm stressed or busy. No one bothers you and you can just sit and be. The coloured windows are amazing and take you away from it all and there is a fantastic statue of a young Mary hold the dying Christ. You can sit and reflect whatever faith you adhere to and considering... More 

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Staines, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

A substantial building, but only just over 100 years old. Looks much older. An interesting building but not a lot to actually see. Very good cafe though.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Visited recently and enjoyed the beautiful chips with the pot tea and sun shine. Very lovely staff with great selection of cake, drinks and lunch meals. Very busy as event in the marque was on, which was a new addition. Live not very far to visit again for Chips ;)

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Thank Dalewillbe
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Spent a very relaxing hour wandering around the cathedral. The gardens at the side of the tea shop are very well kept by a lady in a red hat?

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Union, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This Cathedral was built 1882-1910. Step inside and you will think it was built centuries earlier. It is so beautiful and uncrowded. Walk around the outside as leisurely as the inside. Notice the wonderful gargoyles. Some are funny & some are trying to be scary. The architecture is wonderful. Be sure to make the trip to the "other" side of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

A really beautiful Cathedral, St John the Baptist looks like it has been there for 1000 years. A tribute to the craftsmen who built it just over 100 years ago. It is definitely well worth a visit

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We didn't know this place existed, as everyone talks about visiting the Cathedral in the centre of Norwich. Do make a point of visiting this place,it's really beautiful.

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