St Helen's Church
St Helen's Church information
Lonely Planet review
Known locally as the 'Cathedral of the Broads', this 14th-century church dominates the pretty village of Ranworth. Inside there's a magnificent painted medieval rood screen, some wonderful stained glass and in a bulletproof cabinet by the main door, a 15th-century antiphoner, a rare illustrated book of prayers. The second antiphoner from the church is in the British Library in London.
For wonderful views of the surrounding broads, climb the series of ladders to the top of the tower. There's also a small visitors centre in a converted coach house next door with displays on East Anglia's churches.
The church is next to a large nature reserve. Follow the leafy woodland path to get to the Norfolk Wildlife Conservation Centre , which is set in an unusual thatched floating building on the edge of the broad. It has information about the area and its history.