Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

4.5
#1 of 523 in Things to do in Norfolk
Built in the 12th century and still holding services, Norwich Cathedral is one of 12 heritage sites in the area. Enter the cathedral through one of the two historic gates: the Ethelbert gate or the original gated entrance. Inside, you'll see 61 misericords, small wooden shelves also known as "mercy seats," carved on the underside of the folding chairs. Several hundred of the over 1,000 bosses (raised ornamental decorations) are carved and painted with ornate delicacy. A free guided tour will fill you in on the highlights. Tours are given daily, so there is no need to book ahead. The cathedral is an important cultural meeting place, with regular exhibits in the Hostry Visitor and Education Center and live music at the refectory. Using our international travel planner, Norwich attractions like Norwich Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Norwich Cathedral
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
2,807 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • August 21, 2017
    Beautiful location with something for everyone. My kids (5,4 and 2) loved looking round and exploring. We could have stayed all day.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Easy to access, very peaceful and full of heritage and culture. A nice small gallery with a small Tea shop  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We have been to a few cathedrals in the last couple of years. And apart from the beautiful warm stone the welcome from the volunteers and staff is the warmest I have encountered.  more »
Google
  • Beautiful cathedral. Not as good as Peterborough one but obviously I'm biased! Stunning coloured glass windows bathing parts in orange and purple. One of the highlights for me.
  • Amazing 900 year old cathedral. Spectacular building. Just amazing how they built this so long ago. Lots of little chapels. A cloister. Nice little cafe and gift shop. Fascinating place to spend a few hours.
  • Norwich Cathedral is part of #Norwich12 heritage sites. Its a magnificent Norman Style building and is dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Its the 2nd largest cloisters in England after Sainsbury Cathedral. The Cathedral is at 10mins walking distance from Norwich Railway station.
  • Amazing Norman cathedral, beautiful stained glass, the roof bosses tell the biblical history of the world. The cloisters carvings depict the Apocalypse
  • Nice Cathedral. Can't review my real feeling with just some words. Worth visiting

Plan your trip to Norwich

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Norwich

Norwich offers a wealth of lodging options, with top-notch B&Bs and a wide range of hotels located in the compact city center. Centrally located hotels serve as a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Norwich by other users

3 days in Norwich BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, teens, popular PREFERENCES: November, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Norwich BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in East Anglia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Norwich, Cambridge & London BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Norwich BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in East Anglia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in East Anglia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Norwich BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Norwich BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Norwich BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in England BY A USER FROM ITALY October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Norwich BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans