Norwich was one of the most important cities in Norman England, it prospered as a textile centre until the beginning of the Industrial Revolution when the city lost out to northern manufacturing towns and cities.
If you are looking for a city break
Norwich has plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to see and do. It also makes an ideal base for visiting the Norfolk Broads.
The best and most enjoyable way to see the city is on foot, you can wander through the streets stopping at places that interest you. If you prefer an organized walking tour they are available April-October and take in the main visitor attractions, you should contact the tourist office for more details.
Alternatively you can explore by open top bus these stop at the main attractions
and you can get on and off as you please.
You may like to discover the city at a more relaxed pace and there are a range of boat cruises on offer from the City Boats, day and evening cruises are available.
Norwich is dominated by its wonderful cathedral with an octagonal spire and beautiful carved roof bosses, look at the 14th century painted panel Despenser Reredos in St. Luke’s chapel. The cathedral has the largest monastic cloisters in England.
You can take a stroll along the pedestrianized Cathedral Close and the cobbled Elm Hill Street which is lined with quirky half-timbered houses. The city’s Market Place is the location of one of the regions largest open-air markets which dates back around 900 years, the market is open 6 days a week (closed Sunday) and sells local produce, clothes etc. Facing the Market is the 15th century Guildhall which is an attractive flint and stone building begun in 1407.
On the south side of the Market Place you will see one of the best of the city’s parish churches St. Peter Mancroft, well worth looking around.
At he top end of the square is the glass-fronted Forum which was completed in 2001. You may want to visit Norwich Castle which holds the excellent Museum and Art Gallery with displays of archaeology, local ceramics and silverware. There are art works by John Crome, and John Sell Cotman who is recognized as one of England’s best water colourists.
Norwich has plenty of shops with many of the big name stores for those of you who enjoy shopping, as well as specialist shops for you to browse around.
You will find cafés, bars, restaurants in the city centre with menus to suit most tastes and pockets. Norwich has a choice of venues for evening entertainment from pubs, nightclubs and cinemas. If you enjoy the arts the Theatre Royal offers opera, cabaret and musical productions which may interest you.
If you need more information on forth coming events or details on city tours, accommodation etc. contact the Tourist Office.
Norwich is ideally situated to enable you to explore this regions coast, market towns and other attractions in Norfolk.