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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
+44 1603 624615
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St Johns the Baptist Cathedral.

St Johns the Baptist Cathedral. Also worth a visit and it also has a very nice open air café with... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gary S
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Sutton Coldfield
Spectacular building

In simply, it's a love story in stone. Duke Henry (15th duke of Norfolk) had built as a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
oshadhi19
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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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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Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

St Johns the Baptist Cathedral. Also worth a visit and it also has a very nice open air café with seating outside in the gardens. Easy to get to via the Bridge across Grapes Hill accessible via Upper St. Giles Street. It is also worth...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In simply, it's a love story in stone. Duke Henry (15th duke of Norfolk) had built as a thanksgiving for his happy marriage to lady flora Abney. It's the 2nd largest catholic cathedral in England. Entry is free of charge. You can donate for its...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting Norwich Cathedral, we decided to walk across the city to St John the Baptist cathedral as it is described as having the best gothic architecture. We were so disappointed. Grey concrete pillars which was very austere. The cafe was closed which was a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Victorians lacked flair in building gothic. None of the gravity defying arches and windows . Very solid and dark

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing gothic inspired Catholic cathedral which rises above the city placing it among the skyline. Walking through the building the enormity will make you feel monumentally small in comparison which is the idea with religion. Beautiful stonework with a history on the wall of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This wonderful cathedral is located on Unthank Road and was constructed between 1882 and 1910 to designs by George Gilbert Scott, Jr. as a parish church dedicated to John the Baptist, on the site of the old Norwich City Gaol. It was financed by Henry...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

We had already visited Ely Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral and thought we'd check it off the list, but didn't expect much as it appears forboding. We loved this Cathedral. There were no tour guides to show us around, and hardly any tourists. The Cathedral is...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful and interesting building. Like the way the new building doesn't detract from the Cathedral. Enjoyed walking around and reading the History which is situated in new part. Also went to mass here at 6pm on Sat. Really nice service. The 2 Cathedrals in Norwich...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018

This is free to go into although donations are welcome. There are staff around who will pass on their knowledge to you with a smile, they all go out their way to give you an experience that is so worthwhile. The Architecture is stunning as...More

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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Having completed a city walk we had lunch in the refectory , on a summer day it would be a great outdoor venue in the garden. The staff made us welcome and no trouble to reserve a table. The choice of soup was hard to...More

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David C
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Response from Martin P | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't have thought so as the tower part would get extremely icy in winter...send them a email or tweet them maybe
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Gillian J
October 23, 2016|
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Response from climbing_the_walls | Reviewed this property |
Wheelchair access to the Cathedral is via the vehicle entrance off the pavement on Earlham Road. Continue along the side of the building until you come to the Narthex entrance. From here you have access to the Cathedral (and... More
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