Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
“Norfolk’s favourite building”Founded in 1096 and built using Normandy stone shipped from Caen, Norwich Cathedral is set in the 44 acre Cathedral Close, a peaceful city centre sanctuary.The Cathedral itself is one of the finest complete Romanesque buildings in Europe, with the highest Norman tower and largest monastic cloisters in England. Inside, the Cathedral tells almost 1000 years of history, with our enthusiastic volunteers on hand to talk you through the incredible stories of its past.There is more to see at Norwich Cathedral than you think. Our award-winning 21st century Refectory restaurant is open seven days a week, as is the Hostry which features a rolling programme of exhibitions, many of them featuring local artists.You can also experience the tranquillity of our expansive Library, Herb Garden or Japanese Garden, as well as guided tours of the building throughout the week.Afterwards, feel free to explore the lanes of the Cathedral Close, a quaint village just minutes from the bustling city centre, and stop for a picnic on one of our many well kept greens. Norwich Cathedral is a living centre for worship, learning and hospitality, extending a warm welcome to all our visitors from Norfolk and beyond.Part of the Norwich 12 - An initiative of Norwich Heritage, Economic & Regeneration Trust.
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neet181
Salisbury, UK282 contributions
Highly recommended
Sep 2021 • Couples
We went to see Dippy the dinosaur and were pleasantly surprised to find what a lovely place it is. The fish display was phenomenal and I bought a fish to bring home. The cafe upstairs was a lovely use of the space. And the cathedral was a lovely place to wander round. We spent some time sat in the grounds as it was a sunny afternoon.
Written October 13, 2021
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Ian M
Backworth, UK355 contributions
Warm and friendly Cathedral
Sep 2021
My wife and I visited the Cathedral twice while staying in Norwich. It has such a warm and peaceful feeling and the bonus was that Dippy was on display. Walking around the grounds of the Cathedral is a very pleasant experience, an oasis from a busy main road which is only a few hundred yards away.
Written October 13, 2021
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Lynda C
Wokingham, UK491 contributions
Beautiful cathedral, amazing cloisters and Dippy during October
Oct 2021
Norwich cathedral is set in the close - a quiet peaceful historic area. The cloisters are amazing .
During October, Dippy, the diplodocus skeleton from the Natural History Museum is displayed in the cathedral along with good video of how it was moved and how it was formed. Dippy is very long so needs very large spaces to be displayed. Also a small pop up shop of dinosaur related items.
Written October 13, 2021
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Diane C
3 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2021
A wonderful setting and delicious food in the cafe, we went as a family for a stroll and stopped for a coffee.
Written October 6, 2021
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SteveByfleet
Leatherhead, UK359 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2021
A superbly ornate cathedral. look out for the interesting clocks both at the visitors entrance (outside) and exit (inside). The vaulted roof is a triumph and the whole feel is worthy of your time
Written October 5, 2021
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Michael B
Wakefield, UK369 contributions
Undoubtedly one of our great cathedrals
Sep 2021
The building was maybe busier than usual because of the visit of Dippy, the Diplodocus, but it did not detract from its sheer majesty.
The volunteers were knowledgeable and very helpful.
Not to be missed.
Written October 4, 2021
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durham05
Durham, UK1,231 contributions
Great building, badly organised
Jul 2021
I enjoyed visiting here and it was good to see Dippy, but the issue is that if you want to see the nave, you need to queue up to see the dinosaur as well. Same if you want to visit the shop. Really could be much better organised. Dippy exhibit was closed on Sundays as and there were lots of very disappointed kids outside. I can't help be think that this would have a negative impact on these kids, and relationship with historic buildings such as these. The cathedral should be much more accomodating.
Written October 3, 2021
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J2143X
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK179 contributions
We were lucky
Sep 2021
Visited briefly on our own and thought it a bit disappointing vrs eg Wells, York etc. Then we booked a guided tour and luckily only we two and an excellent guide who showed us things we had missed - eg roof bosses, wall painting.
Written October 2, 2021
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lw1ebay
Maidstone, UK123 contributions
Beautiful Place
Sep 2021
Great place to visit when going to the city! Beautiful place and grounds, full of history. The volunteers around the cathedral are helpful and super friendly! Dippy the Dino was there too - and he is spectacular!
Written October 1, 2021
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Mark U
1 contribution
Bit of a trek... Don't use the visitor entrance!
Sep 2021
Now, I have no problem with placing a dinosaur skeleton in the nave of a cathedral. It raises a number of theological questions but, this is not the place to discuss that. What I do have a problem with is the terrible way that the whole thing has been organised. A lot of money was spent a few years ago to provide a 'hostry' which was to provide a visitor entrance to the cathedral. A perfectly decent shop and reflectory area were replaced with the usual uninspired metal and glass structure so beloved of those who must add new to old, and the new entrance to the cathedral became via a uninspired 'zen garden's and manned desk through a small doorway, rather than through one of the west doors. Today I found myself having to enter the cathedral via a passage at the back of the cloister across a car park,, known as 'dark entry' I believe before trailing through the cloister into the history past the front door and into the cathedral... what an uninspiring trek to see one of the great spaces of England! Once inside l, stacked chairs and furniture, the shop crammed into the corner of the nave, ropes and a one-way system that doesn't allow you to return to the shop once you've seen the dinosaur and then to find no access to the eastern end of the cathedral! It is expected that you will leave via the cloister and then presenter through the south transcript! I don't know who was responsible for this arrangement but to effectively divide the building into two seems very strange and totally unnecessary. Just open the west door and let people walk in!
Written September 28, 2021
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