Standing high above Great Yarmouth, close to the seafront and the marketplace, The Minster is a hidden gem, a vast cathedral-like stone church set in a lush, spacious churchyard, nestling in a natural hollow behind a close of beautiful old townhouses. Take the time to discover it and you will start on an atmospheric journey, uncovering its beauty, architecture, history and spiritual presence, it truly is a peaceful oasis away from the more traditional delights of Great Yarmouth.
With 900 years of history and an eventful array of dramatic twists and turns over the centuries, The Minster has a huge story to tell, being the largest parish church in England!
Lucky visitors can walk our heritage trail around the 12th century church to discover its hidden secrets, awe-inspiring architecture and dramatic artwork. Amongst the many highlights on the visitor trail, you will experience our two very different side chapels, one dedicated to Our Lady the Virgin Mary and the other to Saint Andrew; our breath-taking stained-glass windows, beautifully telling the pictorial story of the Jesus through the Gospels; the vivid, painted ceiling of the Norman tower; the challenging Last Supper mural; the nationally-renowned, mighty organ; just some of the many exciting sights to behold along the way.
You will find lots more information on the menu selection to take you to more detailed pages about visiting this impressive, atmospheric church, which is in fact bigger than many of the UK’s cathedrals. Or click on The Minster Highlights to find out more about the joys to expect from your time with us; click on Heritage and History to discover more of its fascinating past; click on Building and Grounds to learn about the church’s architecture and surroundings; click on Gardens and Wildlife to uncover the lush, green urban oasis we have here; click on School Visits if you are considering bringing an educational trip to the Minster; click on Getting Here for help about access, parking and public transport for your journey; click on Accessibility if someone in your party has additional needs or you have specific concerns.