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Welcome from the Dean


Whether you are seeking a place for quiet prayer, wishing to explore a historical and architectural gem or looking for refreshment and relaxation, you will be greeted with warm hospitality in this inspiring setting.

Norwich Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe with the largest close and monastic cloister in England. Integrated with our ancient buildings you will find two stunning new developments – our award winning Refectory, serving a range of food and drink throughout the day and the more recently opened Hostry where there’s always an interesting exhibition of art, photography or textiles.

For over 900 years Christian prayer and worship has been offered on this site; for several hundred years by monks dedicated to the Rule of St Benedict and since the Reformation in the 16th century, by a community of people led by a Dean and Canons in Anglican Orders.

The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Norwich and supports his ministry to people throughout the Diocese.

This is our Mission Statement which summarises the Cathedral’s role:

Norwich Cathedral is a Christian presence at the heart of Norfolk:
a place where all are welcome, a place to share learning, a place to grow in holiness.

Our aim is to share the love of Christ with everyone who comes through our doors, to pray for the needs of people in our city, our nation and throughout the world and to provide a setting where children and adults alike get caught up in the mystery of God’s love.

Please come and visit us and share the wonder of this beautiful place.

The Very Revd Dr Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich

'All who arrive as guests are to be welcomed like Christ'.
The Rule of St Benedict.

What's On

July '14

Exhibition: Norwich & District Photographic Society

August '14

Friends of Norwich Cathedral - Friends First Friday Coffee Morning
Free Organ Recital
Catch The Rainbow: Family Fun Day - Cascade of colour
Broderers' Guild Workshop Tour
Free Organ Recital
Catch The Rainbow: Family Fun Day - Revealing the rainbow

September '14

Friends of Norwich Cathedral: Norwich Shawls, a lecture by Helen Hoyte
Friends of Norwich Cathedral - Friends First Friday Coffee Morning
Free Organ Recital