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“A great surprise on the edge of Norwich city centre”

Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist
Ranked #18 of 151 things to do in Norwich
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Everyone knows Norwich is famed for it's churches but it stills surprises many from outside of the city to find out Norwich has not one but two cathedrals, one for the Church of England and one for the Roman Catholic Church.

The Church of England Church is more well known, having been situated in the city longer and has turned itself into one of the premier attractions of Norwich. This cathedral in constrast is quieter, divided away from the city centre by one of the main roads but is easier accessible by a footbridge linking both sides of the road. It has not marketed itself like it's fellow has to the public in terms of an attraction but i rate it as highly as the Church of England cathedral because it has maintained the solemn, personal feeliing i sense whenever I entered a spirtual place. That is not to say the other cathedral lacks this but the throngs of tourists usually around there causes a less personal feeling to the keen visitor.

This cathedral is pefect for anyone who likes to visit the old grandeur churches and to see a perfect example of english catholicism. Outside the gothic architecture impresses and inside you can slowly wander around, admiring this construct to God and His worship. The lack of marketing means it is the visitors with actual interest who come to see this cathedral and you will rarely feel crowded looking around.

That is not to say there is a lack of investment by the cathedral to visitors. There is a newly developed shop and cafe and a nice open garden and plently of information on the work of the cathedral in the corridors.

I would recommend looking at both cathedrals. Each offers a marvelous example of Christian faith with subtle differences and the constrast between one which promotes itself openly to tourism and one which is quietly welcoming to visitors is most intriguing.

Thank H-G-Powell
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"lovely stained glass"
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"grade listed building"
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"ring road"
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"peaceful atmosphere"
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"outside seating"
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"excellent cafe"
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"hundred years"
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"busy road"
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"beautiful building"
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Amazing to see an example of Victorian architecture where they did not go over the top-looks authentic perpendicular/early English. Very interesting display explaining the background to it's building. Quite bare inside, but lovely stained glass and the design is superb.

Thank Giles D
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Norwich's Cathederal of St. John the Baptist has something to offer everyone - for those interested in architecture it is a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival with breathtaking stained glass windows and fine stonework. For those looking for a place of serenity in the centre of a bustling city it offers tranquility & contemplation. For those looking for a warm and welcoming place to have a cup of coffee, delicious cakes & scones and a very reasonably priced hot lunch, it has an excellent cafe in the Narthex, the stunning and very well managed new refractory addition to the cathederal.

Open to all, I was especially impressed with the Narthex cafe where all the food is locally sourced and made from scratch daily. The cafe even has a terrace and garden for the summer months. It is great value for money and well worth a visit even if you don't visit the cathederal side of the building. I was also impressed with the shop in the Narthex which sells a wide range of Fairtrade products as well as a comprehensive collection of religious items.

The cathederal is also host to interesting and educational exhibitions - last year I visited the moving exhibition about The Shroud of Turin. Bookable Tower Tours offer amazing views of Norwich and the surrounding countryside. The cathederal and Narthex are well worth a visit for all!

Thank RoseInCambridge
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Compared to the ancient Anglian Cathedral, this building is often overlooked, but it is an oasis of calm on a busy road in Norwich - the stained glass is beautiful and the atmosphere is peaceful - a definite recommendation for visitors to Norwich.

Thank katherinel84
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

One of few English Cathedrals left in UK, The dome and crusade was spontaneous. Not crowded quite and calm place with Victoria time architecture.

Thank Dilshan R
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