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Norwich UK

A City Of Culture, History And Modern Day Living

Norwich UK is a city which is vibrant, in touch with today’s world, but at the same time steeped in history and overflowing with culture. And during the 11th Century, this superb city was the largest city in England, after London - impressive!

Norwich is one of the most prosperous cities in the East of England. It’s also a wonderful place to visit, and exploring its wonderful old buildings, cobbled streets and charm will have you itching to come back for more!

Within the City boundaries alone there are over 1,000 listed buildings, protecting them from demolition or inappropriate alteration including many that date back over 2,000 years. That’s a lot of history right there

River Wensum in Norwich

And from cafes and restaurants to art galleries and shops, there are a lot of great things to do in Norwich.  You can easily spend the day shopping, wandering along Tudor cobbled lanes, or taking in some of the wonderful historical buildings that Norwich has to offer. 

You could even take a guided walking tour around parts of the historic city.

Or indeed entertain yourself at the theatre or cinema.

There is so much to do in Norwich, you’ll never have a dull moment, and here's why:-

For culture, you can visit:

  • the iconic Norwich Cathedral 
  • Norwich Castle Museum
  • Stranger’s Hall and Dragon’s Hall and other museums dotted around the centre
  • The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • Guided walking tours around the city

You can find more detail on Norwich culture below

Norwich Cathedral from the side
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For entertainment, you can:

  • Book tickets at one of the many theatres including the Norwich Theatre Royal
  • Watch the latest film at the 2 main cinemas, one in the city centre, one down by the River
  • Take a punting trip or a cruise boat along the River Wensum
  • Norwich City Football Club is, at the moment, a Premier League football club (ha, was when I wrote this page in 2014, but alas not at the moment - it may change!).  Book some tickets and enjoy being part of Norfolk

You can find more detail on Norwich entertainment here

For retail therapy :

  • Park in the middle of Norwich and spend the day shopping, some people love it, others hate it!
  • Shop amongst the chain stores, but if you want to get away from the shops seen in every high  street up and down the country, you can also wander along The Lanes, cobbled Tudor streets,  where you’ll  find masses of little independent shops, cafes and galleries to amuse you.
  • Wander up and down the rows of the well known covered Norwich Market with 200 stalls and one of the largest outdoor markets in the England.

You can find more detail on Norwich retail therapy below

Norwich UK Culture

Norwich UK has more medieval churches than any other city in Western Europe north of the Alps.  This was all thanks to the wool trade back in those days.  Dotted around the city you’ll come across these churches, and if wish to find out more, please visit this Norwich churches website.  

Both Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle Museum are within easy walking distance in the city and both are definite “must see” experiences.   You can easily take a whole day to visit both of these sites, particularly the museum; it has so many diverse and interesting exhibits, there is literally something for everyone here.

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Castle Museum

Norwich Cathedral will impress you too.   

The cathedral is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the city and is truly stunning

It really has that WOW factor.  The vaulted ceiling, the cloisters and the interior are really awe inspiring. 

There's also a rather nice tea room!

Norwich Castle Museum

Norwich Castle Museum

You can spend a long time wandering around Norwich Castle Museum.

It has been restored so well that you could easily believe you were visiting something new in the 21st century.

The castle is owned by the City of Norwich and is also a Grade I listed building. This means that it has been recognised as of great historic importance and it has been restored so well that it could easily be mistaken for being new.   

It houses a huge number of exhibits from all over the world, along with some important art work, and has a range of events throughout the year.

You also have other museums and galleries such as the Bridewell Museum, Strangers Hall (the oldest building in Norwich UK) and Dragon Hall, all dating back to the Tudor times, as well as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, a very modern art gallery within the University of East Anglia complex, slightly outside Norwich city centre.

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Walking Tours

The Tourist Information Centre put on lots of different walks, usually in the summer months.  As it's a city steeped in history, taking one of the tours, which lasts for a couple of hours, is really interesting and gives you a very good understanding of how important Norwich was years ago.  Here you can read about one I went on called "Passages Through The Past".

Norwich Entertainment

If you fancy a trip to a Norwich theatre you won’t be disappointed.   Norwich actually has 5 theatres, those being the Norwich Theatre Royal (opened in 1785), Maddermarket Theatre, the Norwich Playhouse, Norwich Puppet Theatre and the Sewell Barn Theatre – you are once again spoilt for choice.

Norwich Maddermarket Theatre

And if you’re looking for a Norwich cinema, then you’re also in luck as it has 3  excellent cinema complexes, one in Castle Mall and one down by the river at Riverside,  and one in Anglia Square, all with easy parking and booking facilities.

But if you want fresh air and views from the river around Norwich, then look no further that City Boats which will take you on trips taking in Old Norwich or the Norfolk Broads, or the Norwich Punting Company, which will take you on a river tour of the Wensum, or do bespoke trips for you.

Norwich City Football Club, situated on Carrow Road and a stone’s throw away from the city centre, is Norfolk’s premier football club and has a huge following.  And for those that don’t know, Norwich City f.c. has as their mascot the Canary – and the history behind the canary is that it was introduced by Flemish refugees who brought their textile techniques to Norwich UK, as well as their pet yellow canaries which they bred locally.  This then became the devoted and beloved mascot of Norwich City fc.  You can book tickets through their website.

Retail Therapy

Norwich Royal Arcade

Retail therapy – Girls love it, and so do men really – well OK, some men!  Norwich is one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations, and people come from far and wide to take a bit of retail therapy in Norwich UK.  Those who live in Norfolk are very lucky to have this wonderful city on their doorstep and I think sometimes we don’t always appreciate it, but in East Anglia, apart from Cambridge, Norwich comes top (in my opinion) as the nicest experience for shopping in a city. 

With its attractive Royal Arcade, historic covered market, independent shops and cobbled lanes, this is a place where you can relax, unwind and browse in a charming and historical city.

Norwich Market has been in the centre of the city for over 900 years, and is older than any of the buildings which surround it, and that’s saying something.  In its time it has had many makeovers, but with 200 stalls, and always sheltered from the rain, this is a market which is open every day, except Sunday.  No waiting for market day in Norwich, it’s always on (except Sunday)!

Norwich covered market

Norwich UK is such a delightful city, with so much to do, that Norfolk is proud to have Norwich as its capital city!  Come and enjoy the experience.

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