11 highlights of the Cathedral's virtual tour

17 November 2020
From hearing the choir sing to taking a stroll around the Cloisters or spotting a tribute to Norwich City Football Club - Norwich Cathedral’s new virtual tour means visitors can still enjoy exploring the historic surrounds of the 900-year-old landmark despite the current lockdown restrictions.
Norwich Cathedral Virtual Tour (c) Vortex Visual

Created by Norwich-based Vortex Visual, the cutting edge 3D 360 digital recreation means you can now take your own unique trip via your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Click here to start your virtual tour of Norwich Cathedral.

Norwich Cathedral Virtual Tour 3D model (c) Vortex Visual
Here are 11 highlights that await the Cathedral’s virtual visitors:

Enjoy the sound of music
Click on a multimedia panel in the Choir stalls to hear the sublime sound of the Cathedral Choir continuing a choral tradition that goes back centuries.
You can also hear the Cathedral’s organ, which is one of the biggest in the country and has the unusual feature of a cymbelstern, a set of six bells with a rotating star often used at Christmas!

Take a stroll around the Cloisters
Norwich Cathedral’s Cloisters are the biggest monastic cloisters in the country and the virtual tour enables you to explore them from every angle.

Pause at the grave of Edith Cavell
Norfolk nurse and First World War heroine Edith Cavell is buried at Life’s Green, just outside the Cathedral and near to St Saviour’s Chapel which is dedicated to the military. Nurse Cavell helped soldiers from both sides during the war in occupied Belgium, and for this she was shot by German soldiers in 1915.

See some of the Cathedral’s famous medieval roof bosses
The Nave ceiling features some of the Cathedral’s treasure trove of medieval roof bosses, which tell stories from the Bible. The collection is the largest of its kind in the world and virtual visitors can watch a short video showing close-up views of some of the most important bosses.

See Norwich Cathedral’s special tribute to Norwich City Football Club
The 15th century choir stalls contain decorated misericords, which are ‘leaning seats’ that were designed to support the monks during long services. To celebrate the new millennium, three new misericords were created, including one featuring the Canaries!

Take a look at medieval art telling the story of Norwich Cathedral’s founder
Medieval paintings on an archway in the South Aisle of the Nave illustrate the story of Bishop Herbert de Losinga, who founded Norwich Cathedral in 1096 and is buried in a tomb near the Cathedral’s High Altar.

Find out about the Bishop’s Throne
The Bishop’s Throne is known as the Cathedra, and this seat is the reason Norwich Cathedral is a Cathedral. The Bishop’s Seat remains where the very first Bishop of Norwich, Herbert de Losinga, placed it in the 11th century. Today it is the seat of the 72nd Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher.

See the font that was a gift from a chocolate factory
The Cathedral’s font was once upon a time two copper bowls used for manufacturing toffee at Rowntree Mackintosh chocolate factory! The bowls were gifted to Norwich Cathedral in 1994 when the factory closed.

Marvel at the story of the survival of the Despenser Reredos
The Despenser Reredos is one of the Cathedral’s greatest treasures and the only surviving medieval English altarpiece with scenes from Christ’s Passion. It is said to have been saved from destruction over the centuries because it was hidden as the underside of a table until 1847.

Find Budge the Cathedral cat
Budge the cat has adopted the Cathedral as his second home and virtual visitors will find him in one of his favourite spots!

Learn about the unusual grave of Thomas Gooding
Thomas Gooding, who died about 400 years ago, is said to be buried vertically in his tomb so he could be first out of his tomb on Resurrection Day. His epitaph reminds passers by that “as I am so shall you be”.

To take a virtual tour of Norwich Cathedral click here