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Amazing discovery

Visited St Helen parish church at Ranworth, Norfolk this afternoon - what an amazing experience and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Great views from the top of the Church Tower

I visited (with a friend) Ranworth, last Thursday (August 23rd), and enjoyed a very pleasant and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Aylsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited St Helen parish church at Ranworth, Norfolk this afternoon - what an amazing experience and find. The rood screen with its 15th century religious paintings was absolutely stunning and very much worth visiting.

Thank littlepen6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited (with a friend) Ranworth, last Thursday (August 23rd), and enjoyed a very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon, first of all, we climbed to the top of the Church (St Helen's) Tower, the steps (and two ladders) weren't easy, and we climbed slowly, but well...More

Thank BillyFarmer1
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Everyone mentions the climb up the tower, but I'm fit and my little leggies were shaking all afternoon. I think there's 89 steps, but in a tight, narrow spiral, so you should keep to the outside where they are wider. Then you reach two metal...More

1  Thank beachbuddy10
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Advertised as 'The cathedral of the broads', and well worth the title. A beautiful church and the opportunity to climb the tower. This involves climbing a narrow, steep spiral staircase and two ladders. The views are well worth the effort with views as far as...More

Thank Dave E
Reviewed 22 May 2018

On a sunny Sunday afternoon we climbed the church tower. The views were stunning. Well worth the effort.

Thank rhoda m
Reviewed 21 May 2018

A beautiful church.It has an excellent sensory garden which you can sit and admire the plants and butterflies. Read about the fire which destroyed part of the original church.Well worth a visit.

Thank Mrs Idres C
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We have visited the church on a number of occasions and will always make the effort to climb to the top of the tower to enjoy the view of the Broad and river beyond. The church itself is a tranquil and well maintained environment.

Thank Buxton68
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Fantastic church, great medieval rood screen, superb misericords and the most splendid illustrated psalm book on display. And to top that you have the best church tower climb in the region. (NB. It gets a bit tight near the top with two ladders and a...More

Thank C783356
Reviewed 16 September 2017

The church is quaint with a beautiful altar screen. The climb up the tower is fun and the challenge is to go up or down without meeting anyone else going in the opposite direction. The views from the top of the tower are absolutely stunning!

Thank EdwardandMaria
Reviewed 11 September 2017

St Helen's has remarkably well-preserved medieval paintings on the rood screen. Apparently one reason for their survival during the iconoclastic period of the Reformation is that those bent on destroying such 'idolatry' could not find their way to the church through the marshes. The climb...More

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Response from C783356 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't have thought so as it's a tight squeeze climbing up and you have to negotiate two ladders. And if you made that, the small railings at the top aren't dog proof. Suspect it more sensible to leave pooch outside.
24 October 2017|
Response from lancslass061_12 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but I can't say for sure - it depends on how many volunteers are available. Why don't you visit picturesque Ranworth itself, visiting the tea room at the back of the church first. If this tea room isn't open it... More