Norwich Cathedral
Norwich Cathedral
4.5
Architectural BuildingsChurches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12:30 PM - 3:00 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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  • Paul T
    Waterlooville, United Kingdom446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most amazing Cathedral throughout the UK.
    We recently visited this magnificent cathedral, which certainly lived up to our expectations.We also went into the Cathedral cafe which was also amazing. The best thing about our visit was the atmosphere within the cathedral throughout our visit. The cathedral looked very well maintained throughout, and it was hard to imagine that the cathedral as stood for over 900 years in the heart of Norwich. I would highly recommend that anyone in the area certainly carries out a visit to the cathedral.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Julie S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience
    On visiting Norwich today we were pleasantly surprised to find it is free to enter the Cathedral and even more so that you can have a free tour. Our guide was excellent, he really was very knowledgeable and had so many interesting facts about the city, the people that built the Cathedral and he weaved life in and out of the information he shared. Whether you’re a believer or not, it cannot be doubted this is a beautiful place, a building of delightful architecture and antiquities, a very special place. As we were guided around the Cathedral, what we saw was spectacular. We were very happy to make a donation and other Cathedrals and Minsters would learn a lot from Norwich. Free to enter makes it so accessible. Surely it is better that people can experience such places and pay what they can afford than be put off by expensive entrance fees. It made my day, in fact, it made my holiday. Thank you Norwich.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • BarryWalesAngie
    232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Cathedral
    The Cathedral is large and awe inspiring. The atmosphere is so calm and peaceful. The windows are beautiful and the light thrown from them across the cathedral stunning. There is plenty of space to have a quite moment for your thoughts. The font is beautiful and so different it being a caramel boil pot from a local chocolate factory. The staff are so helpful and kind. Its also dog friendly which is excellent. Its a must see.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Patricia B
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit, not busy and we found it easy to park nearby.
    A beautiful cathedral. Full of historic detail. The staff at the entrance are so knowledgeable. A tour started at 11a.m but we were able to chat to the guide about other historical facts before. I have limited mobility and found all areas totally accessible. Lifts to the reception and shops, and cafeteria and toilets. All a modern addition. I have a mobility scooter, not a problem easy to navigate and enjoy the beautiful building.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • LauraDaveJames
    Solihull, United Kingdom4,769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    We received a very warm welcome from a volunteer at the entrance to the cathedral who gave us a good description of the overall layout. We were very pleased that there was no pressure to make a donation. The cathedral is without doubt both beautiful and awesome. It is worth climbing a very narrow stone spiral staircase to the Treasury area if only to look at the mediaeval ceiling paintings. Definitely a must do in Norwich.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • John R
    Nashville, Tennessee1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Superb trip to Norwich Cathedral. Was very hot and busy. Really enjoyed it. So quaint and relaxing to walk around and see what Norwich has got to give. Really recommended for anyone to go and enjoy and cheap too!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • PBPG
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom6,559 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge building
    A huge building that dominates the skyline. Very well maintained with a spectacular interior. The roof is very high and is supported by some magnificent stone work. Just outside is an excellent cloister to walk around. Very helpful staff Margaret Bloom, a volunteer was particularly helpful. Free admittance, but donation boxes are present
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 September 2023
  • MrPercyLam
    Cambridge, United Kingdom137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Cathedral
    A grand cathedral at the capital of Norfolk. Amongst many good things in the interior, the delicate sculptures at the roof arch connections caught my eye the most. The inner courtyard with a labyrinth was beautiful. On the side of the cathedral where the car park entrance is located, I found the relics of the ancient cathedral interesting. Together with modern renovation and preservation, I found materials used in at least 4 different periods of time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 September 2023
  • SteelMaggie
    Raleigh, North Carolina61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral, architecture and such a special space
    Well worth the 12pound donation for our family to visit, I was blown away by the cathedral. We entered quietly as there was a service just ending and later were able to walk around at our own pace. It was transporting. The historical aspect of all the finishes just arrests you. I felt grateful to be able to experience a place, so sacred, artistic, historic.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Zitatravel
    London, United Kingdom817 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Cathedral with excellent staff
    Stunning cathedral with lots of history. Staff in the cathedral giving advice and tours were very friendly and knowledgeable about the history. As soon as you enter you get a friendly face asking if you want information and what to do.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
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Andy L
86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Wonderful large cathedral with beautiful cloisters. We were lucky to catch an organ concert, very well presented with TV screens.
Friendly staff and NO ENTRY CHARGE! Thank you!
Written 11 May 2024
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Elspeth R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I have been popping in here for 30 years and it is my favourite in the country (and I have been to almost all). I have had positive experiences, not only because it's an amazing building and Close, but because it feels kind and open. They have never charged entry - thank you! - and that lack of pressure makes you feel more like donating, when you are able, or supporting their shop or cafe. It means that it's a safe space to come to celebrate when you are in joy and feel comfort when you are not, and that there's no financial barrier to doing so. This church isn't collecting visitor's details like those who do so to give out passes. It also means that (unless there's a service of course) you can walk straight in!

The Close feels like a place for everyone; it gave succour during lockdowns, and has been a place to picnic, liaise, lunch, chill, and the best way to walk between the station/river and the City centre. The signs are non bossy: "Thank you for not parking here" and "Please keep off the grass to allow it to grow for a while". I've not felt bossed inside either.

When you're asked nicely, you gladly assent and it makes good feeling and impression and is a great witness and service to the community and visitors.

This is a very special place and I never tire of seeing it, within and without

It feels like an old friend
Written 26 April 2024
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Culture55299696121
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
How lovely to find a cathedral which is free to enter - unlike Canterbury and York, we could have had a free guided tour if we wished. A beautiful cathedral, enhanced even more by someone practicing on the organ. We were so impressed with our whole visit. Nice cafe too if you want it and good toilet facilities.
Written 21 April 2024
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Linda F
Liverpool, UK183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely Cathedral to visit, please make sure of the church service times, because when we got there a service was being conducted and had to wait for the service to finish before being allowed into the main part of the church. Lots of interesting facts to learn about this fascinating Cathedral.
Written 15 April 2024
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Londonbird2802
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Go. Thats all you need to know!
If you like being guided then join the tour. If you can do as many tours as you can as each guide has different spiel and interests. If you go to the cafe for lunch go early. We made the mistake of going at approx 3pm for a late lunch and there was nothing we wanted left.
Written 13 April 2024
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Elaine
Wymondham, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful amazing architecture. Well worth a visit.
Loved seeing the dinosaur an experience you don't get to do in many places like this. Thoroughly recommend
Written 12 April 2024
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tractorboy59
Lymington, UK325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Took the free tour with an excellent guide Robert.
A fascinating hour where we learned so much about this beautiful building . Great detail and great history.
Well worth a donation of £5 each.
And the refectory is nice too !
Written 11 April 2024
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Shivaun
Norwich, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Haven't seen many cathedrals so can't compare to others but thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would really recommend it.
Written 11 April 2024
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Superhuey
La Paz, Bolivia45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
As Cathedrals go, this was much larger than I expected and beautifully maintained inside. The very friendly staff that greet in reception were helpful and we enjoyed our walk around. The place is steeped in history. Poignant also to view the resting place of the WW1 heroine, Edith Cavell. Well worth a visit.
Written 7 April 2024
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Hardwick
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An amazing building steeped in history which was brought to life by our excellent cathedral guide. Regular free tours given throughout the day. Ours lasted about 85 minutes and was relaxed and informative and we were shown small historical details that we would never have seen ourselves. There was a suggested donation of £5 per adult entering but with a light touch and it was totally value for money and worthwhile to support such a beautiful building. Seek out the history of the copper font! It’s a great story.
Written 3 April 2024
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