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Norwich Cathedral

62 The Close

The splendour and tranquillity of Norwich Cathedral have attracted pilgrims for nearly 1,000 years.

For today's visitors the building remains a place for quiet reflection and prayer as well as for participation in daily worship or the rich pageantry of the Church's festivals.

The Hostry Visitors & Education Centre has been constructed on the original footprint of the old monastic Hostry which was the traditional point of welcome for worshippers, pilgrims and students when Bishop Herbert De Losinga founded the monastic community in 1096.

For those with an interest in architecture, Norwich Cathedral boasts several superlatives. It is one of the finest complete Romanesque buildings in Europe. It has the second highest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England. The nave bosses are a unique and world renowned collection of medieval carvings.

For many it is the achievements of the people who have prayed, worked and sometimes even fought for their beliefs within its walls that live on, drawing visitors back time and again. Bishop Herbert de Losinga, who began building the Cathedral in 1096, and more recently, Nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed during WWI for helping prisoners of war to escape, are both buried here - contributing their part to the living history of Norwich Cathedral that can be experienced today.

Free Guided tours at 10.45am, 12.30pm and 2.45pm in the summer and 10.45am and 2.15pm in the winter, donations are welcome.Specialist tours are aslo available for group visits including a costumed tour meeting characters from the Cathedrals past, all party bookings involving a tour cost £4 a head during the day, evening tours by negotiation.

Party visits and pilgrimages are welcomed throughout the year. Advance booking is desirable, preferably with three weeks' notice if a guided tour is required.

Principal Services:
Sunday 10.30am Sung Eucharist, 3.30 pm Choral evensong.
Daily 8am Holy Communion, 5.15pm Choral Evensong 5.30 Weekdays (3.30 Saturday and Sunday).

General Information:
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Cathedral Library

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  • Directions

    The Cathedral is only a short walk from the train station along the riverside. Turn right, cross the river and walk along the river footpath for five minutes until you arrive at Pull's Ferry which is the beginning of the Cathedral Close. There turn left and you will see the Cathedral spire ahead of you.

    From 9.30am to 4.30pm Mon - Sat entry to the Cathedral is via the Hostry Visitor & Education centre, opened in November 2009, at all other times please enter through the main Cathedral doors.

    Norwich Cathedral Postcode for SatNav: NR1 4EH


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