Thirty years ago I regarded St. John's as a dark and almost dismal place, a solid establishment cathedral that seemed as rigid as the Catholic Church as I saw it, lacking in light and appeal. Well things have changed! Now the cathedral is day-lit through a wonderful glass door, showing up the impressive flower displays and colourful corners that are now revealed. There is also the Narthex. This is a beautiful and well integrated provision, including ghistorical displays, a restaurant, a shop and the cleanest toilets in Norwich. There is parking too, often supervised by one of the many welcoming volunteers who are always around. The gardens too are lovely, with access from the restaurant, where you can enjoy a decent coffee and chocolate brownies par excellence. The visitor will sense the cathedral now as an active and creative community, not just a pile of darkening stone.
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