St Peter Mancroft

Far more than the cathedral, tucked away in its quiet close, the church of St Peter Mancroft is in the very heart of Norwich.

About this church

It stands cheek by jowl with the daily bustle of the city's lively market, and there is a wonderful contrast between the huge, still space within the church and the hectic outside world that reaches almost up to its walls.

The church encapsulates everything that is splendid about Perpendicular style. It is a vast, airy space, punctuated by slender, soaring columns of the arcades and filled with light from the huge clear windows of both aisles and clerestory.

Construction was in a single phase of about 25 years, in the mid 15th century; only the top of the tower carries later significant additions, in the form of the slender spirelet, parapet and 'pepperpot' pinnacles, added in 1895.

The church owes its existence to the commerce of an earlier age, with no expense spared by the wealthy medieval merchants and craft guilds, from the two vaulted porches to the lavishly embellished tower that now houses 14 bells.

The great east window has some of Norfolk's best 15th century glass in its 42 panels, much of it collected from other windows in the church.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

St George Tombland

Originally it is believed there were 63 medieval churches in the city. St George is one of the remaining 31 and has the distinction of not only being architecturally worth a visit but is one of eight in regular weekly use.

St Peter Hungate

Set amid cobbled streets and old cottages near the top of Elm Hill, this church dates from the 15th century but looks older than other Perpendicular examples in Norwich; perhaps partly because of its dumpy, pyramid topped tower.

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