Visit our Dippy on Tour microsite to find out more about the exhibition celebrating our prehistoric guest!

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, has taken up residence in the Cathedral’s Nave for the final stop on his nationwide tour.

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is at Norwich Cathedral from Tuesday 13 July 2021 until Saturday 30 October 2021.

Please note that the Dippy on Tour exhibition is closed for three days this week and will reopen at 10am on Friday 17 September. We advise people to check this webpage regularly for the latest updates on opening times.

The usual opening times for the Dippy on Tour exhibition at the Cathedral are: 

Monday to Friday - 10am-4pm
Friday evening - 7pm-9pm
Saturday - 9.30am-5.30pm.
Sunday - closed

Last entry to the exhibition is 30 minutes before closing time.

Dippy’s home in Norwich is a busy working Cathedral and this means that on some days the exhibition may be closed or have different opening times to those listed above. All the latest changes to opening times will be made available here as soon as possible.

Dinosaur fans eager to know what to expect from Dippy's visit can now find out more on our Dippy microsite which is linked to this website and has been created by Norwich-based web design company Flocc.

Click here to visit the new Dippy on Tour microsite.

The website details everything from opening times and other practical information about the exhibition to fun dinosaur activities for people to enjoy at home. Throughout Dippy’s stay in Norwich, the Dippy microsite will be continually updated with all the latest news about Dippy’s visit and people are being encouraged to check the website for the most up to date information ahead of visiting the exhibition.

Dippy (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is being brought to Norwich Cathedral and visitors across the UK by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop on the tour and Barratt and Cooke is the regional sponsor for the exhibition.

Dippy had been due to go on display in Norwich Cathedral in Summer 2020 but his visit was rescheduled to January to March 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic before being postponed to Summer 2021.

With the continued uncertainty with regard to Covid-19, Norwich Cathedral and the Natural History Museum are working together closely to ensure that visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition safely when it opens in July.

The Cathedral team with Ploddy the dinosaur puppet after the Lord Mayor's Procession (c) Bill Smith_Norwich Cathedral

Ahead of Dippy’s visit, the Cathedral is looking to recruit up to 200 volunteers to join the Dippy and help give a warm welcome to all of the thousands of people who are expected to visit Dippy.

Click here to find out more about how you can join the Dippy volunteer team!

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “We are delighted to share more details about Dippy on Tour at Norwich Cathedral this summer and we hope people enjoy exploring our new Dippy microsite which features all the latest details about the exhibition.

Dippy’s visit is now just a month away and behind the scenes our Cathedral team has been busy working alongside the Natural History Museum and many different local organisations to ensure that Dippy’s visit will be an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

We cannot wait to open the exhibition on July 13 and are looking forward to a wonderful summer full of dinosaur fun!”

Entry to the Dippy on Tour exhibition will be free and there will be no need to book in advance (unless part of a group of more than six people), although people may need to queue during busy periods. People will also need to adhere to the latest Covid regulations at all times.

Visitors will start their Dippy on Tour experience from the Dark Entry of the Cathedral’s Cloister and, before coming face-to-face with Dippy, they will step back into the age of the dinosaurs via a time tunnel created by Norwich School students and pupils from other local primary schools.

They will also be able to take a closer look at fossils kindly loaned by Norfolk Museums Service and walk through an immersive wave sculpture created by Norfolk-based artist Mark Reed and called Your Waves Go Over Me.

In the Cathedral’s Nave, Dippy will take centre stage against the stunning backdrop of the Cathedral’s 900-year-old architecture, with the iconic 26m dinosaur cast stretching out to face the Cathedral’s Great West Door.

Dippy’s nationwide tour aims to inspire people to engage with nature, to think about the great diversity of life that has lived on Earth, and to consider our own footprint on the planet. As the only Cathedral on Dippy’s tour, Dippy’s Norwich visit also aims to spark conversations about science and faith.

Norfolk-based artist Rebecca Osborne will be drawing upon some of these themes in a special series of illustrated panels created especially for the Norwich stop on Dippy’s tour, meanwhile there will also be a display of green hearts created by Norfolk WI members that aim to encourage everyone to think about the Earth’s future and help combat climate change. People will also be encouraged to make their own individual pledge to help protect the planet before they leave the Dippy on Tour exhibition.

Also in the Nave, Children will be able to have fun following Dippy’s footprints to find some of Dippy’s fellow dinosaurs and learn some fun facts about dinosaurs and Norwich Cathedral too.

Outside in The Close, people will be able to learn more about some of Dippy’s closest relatives – birds – thanks to the Hawk and Owl Trust who will have a stand in the Cathedral’s Lower Close throughout the duration of Dippy’s visit. Here, people will be able to find out more about the Cathedral’s famous peregrine falcons who have made the spire their home.

The Dippy on Tour exhibition will open to the public from 1pm on Tuesday 13 July, and from then on it will usually be open six days a week until Saturday 30 October 2021. The opening times will be 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays. From Friday 30 July, people will also be able to visit Dippy every Friday evening from 7pm until 9pm.

Dippy’s home in the east is also a busy working Cathedral and the Cathedral’s daily pattern of worship will continue throughout Dippy’s visit. The Dippy exhibition will be closed on Sundays and there will also be other occasions when opening times may vary. All the latest details will be made available on the Dippy pages of the Cathedral website.

The East End of the Cathedral will also continue to be open daily for general Cathedral visitors and those who wish to explore more of the Cathedral before or after they have seen Dippy.

Click here for more information about Dippy on Tour at Norwich Cathedral.