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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist
Ranked #12 of 149 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 8 January 2014

Another huge Cathedral but no less impressive. Worth the short walk to inspect/admire the wonderful architecture and inspect.

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"lovely stained glass"
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"peaceful visit"
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"well worth a visit"
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"grade listed building"
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"plantation gardens"
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"outside seating"
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"excellent cafe"
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"scones"
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"busy road"
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"beautiful building"
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

People mistake this one for the other one! The catholic one does not charge.Visit the refectory for tea and scones or a delicious bowl of soup.Great food at fair prices.

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I took shelter here during an unexpected thunderstorm and it was a wonderful gothic experience. The place was lit by prayer candles in the various sconces, there were different areas to explore including a secluded prayer chapel which had a very special atmosphere. The cafe is clean, bright and modern with a shop and looked after toilets. It is also possible to be guided up to the very highest tower which I am told has the best view of Norwich, but being claustrophobic and a little scared of heights, I opted out! There are lots of events including a summer BBQ where the clergy don aprons and cook for all the visitors at only £2 entry!

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

I have to declare up front that, notwithstanding the declaration I'll have to sign before this review is accepted, my wife and I do have a kind of relationship to the owner: We are both Roman Catholics. But, hey!, you don't have to be a Catholic to visit this lovely building. After Mass we went out through the narthex and into the gardens where we were able to sit in the glorious sunshine with coffee served at a very reasonable price. I urge anyone visiting this part of Norwich to call in and just enjoy the peace of the place.

Thank John E
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is a hidden Gem of Norwich very much out of the way for some people but its much bulkier Gothis appearance i think makes it much nicer then Norwich Cathedral and inside is 10 times more stunning then its popular rival! this is the cathedral to see!

Thank BarryMcC86
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