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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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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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Great visit on a quiet weekend

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Province of Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Berne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 23, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

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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