Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich

Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
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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Live Life To The Full
Maidstone, UK1,323 contributions
Great Place To Visit
Jun 2021
I was staying just down the road, so decided to look around the cathedral, which is right on the corner of Earlham Road

You can go inside the cathedral and look around. There are information boards inside and a lovely cafe where you can sit outside and enjoy the grounds. Well worth a look if you are in the area.
Written June 13, 2021
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Henryka
Hertfordshire196 contributions
Imposing building
Oct 2020
A short walk out of the town centre but worth the visit. A good introduction to the Catholic faith in the entrance lobby. The Cathedral itself is in excellent condition and hard to believe it's only 100 years old. Built in the traditional Gothic style.
Written October 21, 2020
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Gavin F
Bournemouth, UK740 contributions
Ancient and modern
Sep 2020 • Couples
The building itself is relatively modern, for a cathedral, built in the late 19th century and completed in 1910. Its design is in the medieval Gothic style, revived by the victorian architects.
Inside it is sparcely decorated.
Obviously, it lacks the history of most other cathedrals, which makes for a short visit.
Written September 29, 2020
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,239 contributions
Huge church and free to enter!
Sep 2020
Good example of Victorian Gothic revival architecture. Also an exhibition on Catholicism. Sadly tearoom was closed when we were there.
Written September 4, 2020
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Marcus G
Stroud, UK215 contributions
Beautiful and charming
Aug 2020
This is a really significant cathedral in the Roman Catholic Church, being the 2nd largest in England, it's visually arresting. There is always a warm welcome and they are pleased to receive visitors. Please check the website for visiting times as they are subject to change
Written August 29, 2020
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Trevor L
7 contributions
Quick visit
Feb 2020
Pleased that we timed our visit as Mass was taking place. Cafe is good. Interesting that you must walk round the back of the building to enter the cathedral (passing the cafe).
Written February 22, 2020
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wingers1966
Cambridge, UK106 contributions
Well worth the walk to visit this cathedral
Feb 2020 • Solo
Set a little outside the city centre but worth the walk. Great visitor centre and the cathedral itself is fascinating as an example of Victorian/Edwardian church architecture. Recommended. Just don’t go for peaceful contemplation when the volunteers are vacuuming after Mass!
Written February 19, 2020
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Tim B
Cromer, UK335 contributions
A hidden gem
Feb 2020
Hardly hidden as it is so large and impressive and perched on a hill! Not right in the centre of town: but well worth taking a short walk through Chapelfield Gardens or crossing over the footbridge over the ring road to seek out this spectacular Catholic church. Much re-ordering and improvement over recent years. A stunning space: with a shop and cafe in the modern extension called the "Narthex".
Written February 2, 2020
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The Chef's Wife.
Norfolk, UK368 contributions
Lovely venue but no so nice staff/volunteers
Jan 2020
I visted here with my husband for a mid-week look around.
Neither of us have been before.

We parked in Chapelfield as we were going back in to the City afterwards.
It was about 10-15 minutes relaxed walk. It wasn't signposted at all once you left the City Centre though, which would have helped a bit.

The cathedral is free to look around but you can give a donation if you wish. They do tours that you can book (at a fee).

There was tea room but this was pretty much full when we visited (about 1030-1100) so we didn't use their facilities.

The cathedral itself is beautiful. I was particulary taken with the roof/ceiling, which was beautiful.
The stained glass windows were also beautiful.

There were a few staff/volunteers cleaning whilst we were there. I know it's a big building and it must be a constant task, but there were Henry Hoovers scattered around the floor with wires trailing everywhere. And the noise from them was very annoying. I'd like to see the vacuuming done early morning or last thing at night rather in the middle of the day.

I really wanted to take photographs and wasn't sure if I was allowed without buying a licence or paying a fee so asked one of the staff/volunteers that was cleaning. When I approached her, she didn't even look up. I said "excuse me, I am allowed to take some photographs?". She still didn't look up straight away but when I didn't move and still stood there, she looked up and just said "yes!" and then carried on cleaning. The vacuum wasn't on at this time so it's not like she didn't hear me. She was just dismissive and rude - hardly what the Church should be about if it wants to bring in some new blood.

Anyway that lady aside, we had a nice little look around.

I would have appreciated some description boards or something to assist tourists in learning a bit more about the building, the artwork etc because there was nothing there to tell you anything unless you paid for a book and I left not knowing anything more about the Cathedral than when I first went in.

Overall, I enjoyed my visit.
We went on a rainy day so it was a nice way of passing an hour. I did prefer my visit to the other Cathedral in Norwich though, as the staff and volunteers were friendlier there, there were more description boards explaining this history of the building etc and I just felt like you could spend much longer at the other one.
Written January 28, 2020
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kissane
Perth, Australia938 contributions
Superb
Dec 2019
In city with a famous cathedral, I did not expect to find another lovely cathedral, so this was almost an accidental find. Given the history of religious discrimination in England, Roman Catholic Cathedrals are less conspicuous and this one is relatively new. It's a wonderful piece of architecture and surprisingly more welcoming than many Catholic cathedrals elsewhere seems to be. I especially enjoyed the description of Catholicism and its status in England that was displayed very well. To get to the cathedral, you need to cross a busy street (over a bridge ... it's not difficult). Certainly worth doing. (You may get close to it if you are looking for the Plantation Garden, which is nearby.)
Written January 2, 2020
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