65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH
Located north east of the Market and the centre of Norwich, in the crook of the River Wensum, Norwich Cathedral has dominated the city skyline since 1145.
The cathedral has a long and storied history. The building has survived wind storms, lightning strikes, mob violence, the Reformation and the tireless rampages of time. It was reduced to ruins in the 1640s and remained derelict for over 20 years before being restored.
Its design is unique, featuring the only two-storey cloister in England. It is only one of three English cathedrals without a ring of bells. It has also been influenced directly by nature itself.
In 1463 the spire was struck by lightning, causing a fire to rage through the nave. The heat was so intense it turned some of the cream-coloured Caen limestone pink, that you can still see today.
Norwich Cathedral was also once a Benedictine monastery. While there are no longer any monks there, the Benedictine tradition remains. Central to the worship in this Cathedral is music, with the organ situated at the very heart of the building. The choral tradition at the Cathedral is supported by a popular local choir.
The Cathedral is also a place of learning, centred on a historic and contemporary library. It is home of the Norwich Centre for Christian Learning. Visitors to Norwich Cathedral will find a variety of activities on offer, both spiritual and community-based.
After you have unearthed over 900 years of history and explored the Cathedral building, discover the gardens and Close. The grounds include a Herb Garden, a Japanese Garden and the largest Cathedral Close Cloisters in England. Then, you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee and cake in the Refectory café.