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St. Helen's Church

Ranworth, England
+44 1603 270769
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A beautiful church

We have visited the church on a number of occasions and will always make the effort to climb to the... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
Buxton68
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
Best church tower climb

Fantastic church, great medieval rood screen, superb misericords and the most splendid illustrated... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
CFDGS707
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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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.

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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 CFDGS707
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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
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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

Thank AlandeWalden
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We visited this beautiful ancient church with a remarkably well-preserved rood screen and the Ranworth Antiphoner, a 15th century illuminated manuscript after a wonderful NWT boat trip on Ranworth Broad. We climbed to the top of the tower (worse coming down than going up) but...More

Thank propmill
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Visited this friendly Tea Room run by volunteers on Monday 4th September with my mum, had a lovely Cup of tea, Cheese scone, followed by a delicious piece of Walnut and Carrot Cake, and then a short stroll to the visit the beautiful church. Most...More

Thank Julie O
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

You will need your climbing legs to get to the top of this church tower but boy is it worth it. Its £2 for an adult children are free. A very narrow spiral staircase leads up to a ladder at the top then a wooden...More

Thank Nicnicklukelaura
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Short walk from the staithe and well worth a visit! Fantastic medieval details and there is a super tea room alongside!

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Stumbled across the church as was looking for a spot for a picnic. The church was perfect for this, then we discovered the tower was open. After a tricky climb we were rewarded with tremendous views of the Broad and surrounding area. Well worth a...More

Thank maximusbrambo
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

When visiting Ranworth we always walk from St Helen's Church Visitor Centre car parking to the Staithe and back again not forgetting to have a cuppa in the Centre before returning home. There are 2 routes to walk this short journey (if you are reasonably...More

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Smurrell112
24 March 2018|
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Response from CFDGS707 | 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.
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UkMumof2
24 October 2017|
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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
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