The Norfolk and Norwich Christian community website

Virtual tour opens Norwich Cathedral to the world 

Visitors can now explore Norwich’s historic Anglican Cathedral from anywhere in the world thanks to a brand new virtual tour.

Thought to be the first-ever digital recreation of its kind, Norwich Cathedral has teamed up with virtual tour specialists Vortex Visual to create the cutting-edge bespoke 3D 360 digital experience which enables people to virtually walk around the 900-year-old Cathedral and its cloisters via their mobile phone, tablet or computer.
Accessed via the cathedral’s website the tour welcomes people with a beautiful aerial 360 degree view of the wider Close before the virtual visitors are invited to enter the historic building via the Great West Door.
From here, visitors can digitally move around the Cathedral as they wish, exploring almost all the ground floor areas of the Cathedral including the Nave, the Chapels, the Choir and the Presbytery. They can also take a stroll around the Cathedral’s Cloisters and pause by the graveside of Norfolk nurse and First World War heroine Edith Cavell.
The virtual tour also gives people the chance to explore areas of the Cathedral which are currently closed to visitors in real-life – such as the Choir, the Presbytery and the Treasury – because of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout the tour, pop-up multimedia panels tell people about the different areas of the building and the Cathedral’s history, and give snapshots of the daily life of the Cathedral.
Among the highlights, as you walk through the Choir area you can listen to the sublime sound of the Cathedral Choir or hear the Cathedral’s magnificent organ. Meanwhile in the Nave a video treats visitors to close-up views of some of the exquisite medieval roof bosses that decorate the ceiling.
There is also the chance to step back to summer 2019 and watch the helter skelter being installed in the Nave for the Seeing It Differently project and you can also watch again BAFTA-winner Rob Whitworth’s wonderful Norwich…A Story video.
Fans of Budge the cat will also find the Cathedral’s feline friend curled up in one of his favourite spots in the Cathedral!
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: “Norwich Cathedral is now open every day for both worship and general visitors and it is so wonderful to welcome people back to the Cathedral. With this new virtual tour by Vortex Visual, it is also exciting to now extend our welcome via the digital world.
“In this current uncertain time with the Covid-19 pandemic, the tour will also play an important role in offering a window into the Cathedral for people who would like to visit but for whatever reason are currently unable to come to the Cathedral in person.”
Max Giddings, who runs Norwich-based Vortex Visual with Will Wooster, said: “It has been a real privilege to spend time capturing on camera the incredible surroundings of Norwich Cathedral for this 360 tour. There is an amazing view around every corner of this beautiful building with so much history to discover, and this tour enables people to be virtually transported there by simply tapping on their phone or their laptop.”
To explore Norwich Cathedral’s virtual tour, visit cathedral.org.uk
Picture of Norwich Cathedral Virtual Tour (c) VortexVisual

Keith Morris, 30/10/2020

Keith Morris
To submit a story or to publicise an event please email: web@networknorwich.co.uk