Norwich Cathedral offers a unique experience for visitors. As well as the awe inspiring cathedral, with its renowned collection of over 1,000 medieval roof carvings, you can view the largest monastic cloister in England, enjoy the tranquillity of the Cathedral Close, stop for a light lunch in the Refectory and visit our library with over 30,000 books. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
One of the most complete Romanesque buildings in Europe and the most complete Norman cathedral in England, Norwich Cathedral has welcomed visitors and pilgrims for more than 900 years. The Cathedral was founded in 1096 by the first Bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga, and boasts a wealth of Romanesque features, with later Gothic additions, creating one of the most atmospheric sacred spaces in Europe.
Norwich Cathedral houses a renowned collection of over 1,000 medieval roof boss sculptures depicting various characters and themes and has the highest Norman tower, as well as the largest monastic cloister, in England. An array of other attractions are on offer to visitors and you can find out more here
Voted Norfolk’s favourite building, the Cathedral remains a focal point for the local community and a Christian presence at the heart of Norfolk. Norwich Cathedral is a living building with the founding Benedictine principles of worship, hospitality and learning still followed today.
As well as holding over 1,500 services a year, Norwich Cathedral hosts regular lectures, concerts, events and exhibitions. As well as seeing volunteers, staff and clergy undertaking their duties, you will often find something new and interesting taking place each time you visit.
History and Heritage
Norwich Cathedral is steeped in history and you can discover how the building survived riot, war, plague and fire to remain standing at the heart of modern-day Norwich. Examples of the Cathedral’s past can still be seen today, including a Civil War musketball embedded in Bishop Goldwell’s tomb!
One of the great buildings of its time, Norwich Cathedral provides a stunning example of Romanesque architecture, highlighted by the Nave and crossing tower. Many of the building's original features remain and can be seen alongside more recent additions which have been made as part of repairs or rebuilds.
The Cathedral offers access for those with mobility issues, wheelchairs are offered on free loan, ramps provide access into the main building and a lift carries up to most areas of the cathedral and down to the Cloisters but due to the nature of the building cannot access the Treasury or Labrinth. Another lift provides access to the Refectory Cafe, Toilets and Library. Disabled Toilets are located on the lower level of the Refectory. and there are hearing loops for those hearing impaired.
Further information can be found by contacting 01603 218300 [email protected]