Welcome to the website of the Parish Church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich.

St Peter Mancroft is the largest of the 31 medieval parish churches in the city of Norwich and one of the finest churches in Norfolk. It is located in the market place in the centre of Norwich, close to the City Hall, Forum and Castle Museum.

A church has stood on this site since the Normans set up the new market place in the field below the castle in 1075. The current building was begun in 1430 and consecrated 25 years later and is in the perpendicular style.

As well as an exceptional building, St Peter Mancroft has a fine collection of medieval and renaissance treasures, 18th century monuments and is well-known for the English art of change ringing on church bells.

It is a lively city centre Parish church, ministering to the people and institutions of the Norwich with regular Sunday and weekday services as well as alternative forms of worship and pastoral work. The church is also a popular venue for concerts including our own free Mancroft Music Saturday lunchtime recital series.

The church is an oasis of calm for workers, shoppers and tourists alike in the centre of this bustling city. It is open Monday to Saturday throughout the year between 10am and 4pm (closing at 3.30pm in winter). Short prayers are said daily in the church at 1pm.

St Peter Mancroft, Norwich is one of the 41 churches in the Greater Churches Network of England, an informal association of non-cathedral churches which, by virtue of their great age, size, historical, architectural, or ecclesiastical importance, display many of the characteristics of a cathedral.

For photographs of the Church of St Peter Mancroft please click here (external link opens in a new window).

For a virtual tour of the interior click here.

Sunday 4th December – Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday 4th December – Second Sunday of Advent

8.00am – Holy Communion [BCP]

President & Preacher: The Revd Robert Avery

10.00am – Celebrating Together

Sung by the Choristers & Mancroft Minors

President:   The Revd Robert Avery

Preacher:    Ms Gill Persicke

6.30pm – Evensong

Sung by the Choral Scholars

Officiants:    The Revd Robert Avery


Christmas Services 2016/17

Christmas Services 2016/17


Sunday 27th November
6.30pm    ADVENT CAROL SERVICE (1 hour)

Saturday 3rd December
1.00pm    MANCROFT MUSIC RECITAL: Preparing for Christmas (1 hour)

Saturday 17th December
6.00pm    CANDLELIT FAMILY CONCERT  in support of the Mancroft Advice Project.  Viva Voce Singers.    Admission: £6 (Concs £4)

Sunday 18th December  Advent 4


6.30pm    FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS (1 hour)   Candlelit service

Tuesday 20th  December
10.00am-12 noon CRAFTS, CAROLS & CRIB SERVICE  A Christmas celebration, with crafts & carols for pre-school to Year 6 children, who are invited to come in nativity costumes

Thursday 22nd December
1.10pm    LUNCHTIME CAROL SERVICE (40 minutes) for city workers and shoppers

Friday 23rd December
11.00am  PANTOMIME CAROL SERVICE  (1 hour) with the cast of the Theatre Royal pantomime. Preacher: The Bishop of Norwich. All Welcome

Christmas Eve Saturday 24th December
11.15pm  MIDNIGHT MASS (1 hour)   President & Preacher: The Vicar

Christmas Day Sunday 25th December

10.00am  FAMILY COMMUNION WITH CAROLS (50 minutes)   A simple and joyful Christmas celebration of Holy Communion for all the family.  Preacher: Ms Gill Persicke

6.30pm    COMPLINE


New Year’s Day  Sunday 1st January
12 noon   ORGAN RECITAL by Julian Haggett.  Admission Free

Sunday 15th January

Mancroft Dialogues

A Changing City: Four Norwich Institutions reflect on how they are adapting in a fast changing world.

A series of dialogues with four city institutions in St Peter Mancroft in October and November 2016. Entrance free.

Mancroft Dialogues Poster

Further information available here.