The Hostry Visitor & Education Centre

The Hostry stands on the footprint of the original monastic Hostry and replicates its role; it is a building where guests of Norwich Cathedral can be warmly received in the Benedictine spirit of hospitality.
It is an open building where visitors are introduced to the life, work and beauty of the Cathedral itself. A space where students can learn about its history, purpose and value and where people from the community can come together socially or to engage with issues of common concern.
Part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Hostry was completed in 2009 after an 11 year building project - the largest at the Cathedral for 900 years.
Some of the Hostry’s features are:

Exhibition Space

An open plan area that is used for visiting exhibitions. To find out about current and future exhibitions, please visit our What’s On calendar.

Bowerbank Room

A space well equipped to cater for visiting school and community groups. For information about what we offer, please take a look at our School Visits page.

Weston Room

A room that can comfortably accommodate 150 people in theatre-style seating and which is designed so that it can be adapted for many purposes, the Weston Room is fitted with modern conferencing facilities and is used for talks, courses, music and theatre events, to name a few.

Song School

The Song School is the rehearsal space for the Cathedral Choirs, though it is also used for individual music lessons and small recitals. With its purpose built shelves, it houses the Cathedral’s music library.