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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

December '14

Messiah by Candlelight - SOLD OUT

January '15

Live Blues Night
Seeing God and Knowing Oneself
Friends of Norwich Cathedral - Allan Sorrell, war artist - a lecture by Ian Sorrell

February '15

Friends of Norwich Cathedral - Friends First Friday Coffee Morning
Introduction to Church History and Doctrine
Friends of Norwich Cathedral Lecture:George Skipper, Architect of Edwardian Norwich, by David Bussey
Living theology in mundane life or living faith through holiness
Suffering and Evil, Part 1
The Catholic Church since Vatican II