Norwich Cathedral is dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity and has stood for over 900 years as a Christian presence in the heart of Norfolk and is one of the 12 heritage sites of Norwich. It is built on the foundations of a medieval Hostry, where guests were welcomed into the Benedictine monastery which then served the Cathedral. In the Nave one can take in the grandeur of the Romanesque structure with its Gothic vault. The cloister has over 1,000 bosses which include several hundred carved and painted ones, the carved bosses of the vault tell the story of earth’s creation, our redemption and God’s plan for eternity. The cloisters are second in size only to Salisbury Cathedral, this was the passageway used by the monks to access different parts of the monastery, they could go to the church for worship, the Chapter House for meetings, the Refectory for their meals, the library for their studies and the Hostery to greet guests. In the centre is a green with a Labyrinth which has a path which reflects the path of life with its many twists and turns. The cathedral spire, measuring at 315 ft, is the second tallest in England, this was partly rebuilt following being struck by lightening in 1169 only 23 months after its completion.
For todays visitors there is a coffee shop and restaurant, guided tours, a shop, Children’s trails, learning activities and a library.
If you’re planning a visit to Norwich Cathedral then you’ll want to consider the best time to arrive. Our normal opening times are as follows:
Open daily, 7.30am – 6.00pm.
The Hostry Visitor & Education Centre
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm and on Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm.
The Refectory Café
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm and on Sunday 11.00am – 5.00pm.
The Gift Shop
Open Monday to Saturday 9.15am – 5.00pm and on Sunday 11.45am – 3.30pm.
Open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am – 4.30pm and on the first Saturday of the month, 12.30 – 2.30pm.
The Herb Garden and Labyrinth
Open daily 9.00am – 5.00pm.
Peregrine Falcons Watch Point
The Norwich Cathedral Peregrines observation point, manned by expert volunteers from the Hawk and Owl Trust, is available to visitors between the hours 10.00am – 4.00pm during April – June (weather permitting).
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