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“And Someone said let there be light.”

Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist
Ranked #19 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 July 27, 2013

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.

Thank johnrnick
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

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.

Thank Margh24
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (RC Cathedral) at Norwich was built in the early English neo-Gothic style and was a gift to the city from the 15th Duke of Norfolk. The famous Victorian-time architect Sir George Gilbert Scott was commissioned to design a Church for Catholic worship. This is the mother church of the Catholic community of East Anglia.

As you enter the Cathedral & climb up the steps , a curious thing catches your eye - there are hundreds of fossils of ancient creatures in the stone used for building. You even see these in the dark polished marble columns throughout the cathedral. The marble Font in the Baptistery is of Frosterley marble and as seen in other stone structures throughout the building, this too pre-historic fossils!

Other features that catch your eye are - the massive central tower, the huge wooden doors with binding iron tracery, the massive columns of the 10 Nave bays whose base stones have various animal-shapes carved on them and the beautiful Queen's window with its center containing Our Lady, Queen of Heaven with the Christ child.

The Narthex & Visitor Center lead out into a small but well-laid garden & provides a peaceful sanctuary. An impressive structure though lately built is yet designed to represent other great earlier English cathedrals.

Thank firuzakhan
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

visited here to attend a funeral. a relatively new neo-gothic place with a small cafe attached, friendly staff made you feel welcome.

Thank monkeybreathLondon
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Stunning atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Feels like a real living space and very moving. Good place to eat too.

Thank Alice F
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