Presentation of the destination
Norwich is an affluent city that has a rich tapestry of culture, and heritage. Those interested in history will enjoy the ancient castles, informative museums, majestic halls and spectacular gardens. The young will approve of the wildlife parks and museums highlighting trains. The horse-racing and greyhound racing are fun too! This city was well known for it's wool in ancient times. There is a modern city thriving within the ancient city, one will find large shopping malls and contemporary art galleries with a bustling international student population. Norwich gets less rainfall than other cities in England. The summers are pleasant and not sticky and hot. The peak summer months are July and August with temperatures as high as 25°C and low of 11°C. November to March has temperatures between 9°C and 10°C and could go as low as 2°C . A white winter is rare in Norwich, but it has snowed. Currency is the Sterling Pound.
Points of interests / things to see
The Norwich Castle is a majestic 12th century Norman castle that sits on a hilltop overlooking the city of Norwich. This castle is one of the city's famous landmarks and was built by the Normans for the Royal family about 900 years ago. A testimony to the Anglo-Norman military architecture in this country. Today, it is a museum and art gallery with a shopping center at one end. A castle with a gruesome past, across the bridge in this castle is the site where traitors were hanged and displayed during the Norman supremacy. A gaol for five centuries, you will see an interactive museum with an abundance of information about the history and culture of this city. There are exhibits on Queen Boudicca and displays of the Iceni gold, you could even ride on a model Iceni warrior chariot. There are displays of the gruesome instruments used to torture prisoners in the medieval prisons. Take a guided tour around the battlements and the scary dungeons. The art gallery displays paintings of John Crome, the famous artist from this area. Admire the ceramics and the collection of teapots. During the summer, you can see free theatrical performances at the open-air Whiffler Theater. An inspiring visit for the whole family. Telephone: 01603 493635 Opening: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm.
The Norwich Cathedral is a majestic Anglican Cathedral with a barbed spire that soars high into the sky and the size of it's cloisters is the biggest in the country. This landmark Cathedral was begun in 1096, but it was completed between 1297-1430. A magnificent cathedral with breathtaking Gothic rib vaulting, impressive nave and the 1200 sculpted stone roof bosses that have depiction of bible stories. This is a classic example of English medieval masonry. The two level cloisters is unique to this English Cathedral's, they were originally built to accommodate about 100 monks. Notice the center of the nave, above the bronze font, this is a new Censing Angel from this century! This celestial figure was woven from a willow branch by sculptor Joy Whiddett. Outside the Cathedral's eastern side, is the grave of Edith Cavell, she was a WWI hero, who was executed for helping hundreds of Allied soldier escape. There is an old chapel, which was King Edward VI's school. Today, the students perform at the service held daily. The entrance is the breathtaking Hostry building, this is a new building with glass and light that rises within the original construction. A beautiful Cathedral of old and new architecture, full of history. Take the guided tour to learn more of this masterpiece. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-6:00pm
Near the cathedral in the center of the city is an area that is called Tombland. This was a vacate place for an ancient Anglo-Saxon market before the Normans arrived and built on this empty place. The term Tombland meant empty space. A breathtaking old area with houses that were built in 1530, like the Augustine Steward's House that houses a antique shop today. Tombland has been witness to many battles and rebellions and it has also stood through religious uprising and plagues. Being close to the Cathedral and standing through the horrors of wars and injustice it is not surprising that there are many ghosts stories associated in this area! Today, Tombland is a quaint area of restaurants and bars in little alleys. Walk on the medieval cobbled streets to Elm Hill. This is one of the oldest streets in Norwich. Antique houses of the 1507 stand proudly, having stood the test of time. They show influences of the Tudor architecture, and today most of these ancient houses are little shops. Notice the crooked timber beams and ancient door, walk in, they are mostly shops dealing in antiques with a few cafes tucked into this pretty street of Elm Hill. Interestingly, there are more functional Tudor houses on Elm Hill than in the city of London!
Dragon Hall is a beautiful medieval Hall that is a little outside the city center. Walk across the new footbridge over the river. Dragon Hall is a magnificent trading hall from the medieval period built by an individual, Robert Toppes. He was a successful entrepreneur in the 15th century. Norwich was an important trading city in ancient times and they traded in wool, cloth, pottery, spices and timber. Dragon Hall was built with close studded timber framing and it was a grand hall. The ground floor and the cellar were used as storage rooms. On the first floor, the roof of the grand hall has spandrels that has an intricately carved figure of a dragon, this is the source of the Hall's name. Take the guided tour and learn about this ancient Hall. The audio-guide introduces you to the history of this ancient building built by the merchant Robert Toppes, which was unusual in the olden days. You will understand the trade and life of the 15th century in Norwich, along with the displays in the cellar. Today, they have created a stunning new wing on the old architecture with a glass gallery. Guided tours are available on Tuesdays at 2:00pm.Address: 115-123 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QE Telephone: +44 (0)1603 663 922
Norwich has been considered one of the shopping destinations in the UK, they have a perfect blend of small boutiques with high street stores. Walk around the markets on Norwich lanes and you will pass picturesque alleys with ancient building, housing boutiques that sell local wares and international brands. Antiques are found in abundance in these boutiques. Jarrolds is a family run store and has been at the center of Norwich since 1823. They offer an ambiance of traditional with contemporary shopping experience to the shoppers. With the Normal Conquest of 1066, the market was moved to an area called the Mancroft. The Market expanded to over the centuries and they sold livestock, fresh produce, meat and fish being sold along side with cloths, shoes and home appliances! This market now called, Norwich Market, continues to be one of England's largest open air markets. They are open Monday to Saturday and it is common sight to see the traditional stalls covered with the stripped canvas canopy. Stop over at the Adam and Eve Pub to recharge your energy. It is near the Riverside walk and believed to be haunted. This bar goes back to 1249 when the workmen from the Cathedral would drop in. You can still see the originally features in certain areas of the bar.
The Bridewell Museum was a former merchant's house from 1325. This museum showcases the life and industry of Norwich. A building with a long history, there was a time it's undercroft served as a prison for women, beggars and tramps. On display are the early inventions from the Norwich food industry, fire appliances and iron foundries. It highlights Norwich path as England's industrial heritage. This museum also houses a tribute to a collection of old shoes that were all manufactured in Norwich. Notice the snake proof boot and other amazing displays. At this museum, there is an interactive display of a pharmacy from the 1930's, that is entertaining and informative. Address: Bridewell Alley, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1AQTelephone: +44 (0) 1603 629127
The St Peter Mancroft Church is the largest parish church in Norwich. It was founded by Ralph de Guader in 1066. The present building was constructed between 1430-1455. An intricately designed church on the outside to broadcast the affluence of the parish. It was constructed with freestone and expensive flint was used for the flushwork. A church that still maintains it's medieval legacy with the exception of the spire, the zig-zag parapet and the pepperpots in the corners that were added in 1895. A majestic structure that has a great collection of medieval and renaissance treasures. It is famous for the English art of change ringing on church bells. Address: Norwich, NR2 1QZ Telephone: 01603 610443
Norwich is home to several theaters and performing venues. There is an annual festival every May called the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. The Norwich Theater Royal is the premier theater that can trace it's roots to 1758. They stage musicals, dance, operas and dramas. The Norwich Playhouse is theater than showcases comtemporary drama, jazz, standup comedy and dance.Visit the Maddermarket Theater for plays from top British playwrights that are staged the whole year with members from across the country. The Norwich Puppet Theater is a fun destination for the whole family, this unique theater is dedicated to puppetry and has exciting programs and workshops to entertain the visitor.
Norwich is a city that offers the adventurous tourists a chance to explore it's rivers. Hiring a boat is easy and fun and you can set your pace and discover the bird sanctuaries and nature reserves up close. There are a range of boats to chose from. The eco-friendly electric boats, the paddle boats, rowing boats, motor boats and the sailing dinghies are at your service. Select one and be on your way to explore the unique Broads of this area with it's slow moving rivers, wild water meadows, and marshes. It has about 201 km of lock free waterways. A slow trip admiring the butterflies, birds and nature. Stop at the riverside pubs for a break!
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How to get there ?
Norwich International Airport(NWI) is the airport of Norwich within Norfolk, England. It is about 5.5 km from the city center and is on the edge of the city. Buses: There are direct coaches from all the major London airports to Norwich. Coaches may take longer to get into Norwich, but they are convenient as it is a direct route and no transfers. Trains: The trains from London takes under 2 hours. Traveling by train from Heathrow or Gatwick airports can be quicker, but you will have to change stations in London. Taxi: A taxi can be economical, if you are traveling in a group. Getting around the city Bus: The bus service is excellent in Norwich. Take a bus to visit the countryside or within the city. There are many companies operating in this area and you could buy a day pass or even get a group discount. Coasthopper: Offers a scenic route along the coast of Norfolk. It has good connectivity with other buses and trains. Walking: Walking is the best way to see the city. The cobbled streets, alleyways, lanes and medieval street pattern are best viewed on foot. A tourist friendly city with street signs to help navigation. Taxi: They are the best option to get around. Your hotel will help you book one By Train: Norwich is well connected across the country. Bittern Line and Wherry Lines offer service to Norwich.
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