The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is Norwich’s Catholic Cathedral, but its doors are open to all people from any and no faith. The Cathedral is open from 7.30am until 6:30pm every day of the year.

The Cathedral Narthex provides a range of visitor facilities, including The Cathedral Café and the Cathedral Shop. The Narthex has the same opening hours as the Cathedral.

OPENING TIMES

The Cathedral & The Narthex

7:30am – 6:30pm every day

Cathedral Café:

  • Monday to Saturday 10:30am – 4pm
  • Sunday After Mass

Cathedral Shop:

  • Closed Monday
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am – 4pm
  • Saturday after 6pm Mass
  • Sunday after 9am and 11am Masses

Cathedral Tours:

Our Cathedral Guides are available on weekend days to welcome you on your visit to us. Guides can provide you with further information about the building, or even offer a tour of the cathedral ground floor if you would like.

Free, drop-in tours of the cathedral tower happen during the summer months at weekends. The tour takes around 50 minutes to complete. Sensible shoes and a reasonable level of fitness is required to ascend the 230 steps to the top of the tower, but the breathtaking 360-degree views of Norwich are certainly worth the climb! Summer drop-in tours take place at the following times:

Saturday: 1.30pm

Sunday: 12.45pm

These tours are drop-in, no booking necessary. Numbers are restricted to 25 people per tour, so arrive early to avoid disappointment! All donations to the upkeep of the cathedral tower are welcome.

Group Visits:

We would love to welcome your group on a visit to us. We offer a variety of Cathedral Tour packages as part of our bespoke Group Visits offer, including Tower Tours, Cathedral Ground Floor Tours or Hidden Places Tours. We can combine these with your choice of refreshments to create your perfect outing. Prices start at £5 a head for adults or £2.50 a head for children. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements:

Email: heritage@sjbcathedral.org.uk

Telephone: 01603 724381

Location & Directions

Location Map

Directions

For directions to the Cathedral from Google Maps, please click here and select ‘Directions’. Public access to the Cathedral and the Narthex are via Earlham Rd. Access to Cathedral House is via Unthank Rd.

Parking

There is limited parking available at the Cathedral and nearby on street parking is controlled by permits and yellow lines. There are some free 2 hour parking spaces in the area but we recommend that visitors use one of the nearby city centre car parks at St Giles, The Forum or Chapelfield show on this map.

360 Degree Video

View the Cathedral in 360 degrees by playing the below video then use your mouse to rotate the camera.