East Anglia Map Ref: E2
Market Days: Monday to Saturday
The centre of Norwich is dominated by the 900 year old castle, built by the Normans to stamp their mark on the Saxon town. Now it is home to the city's main museum with everything from local history & archaeology to art galleries and the largest teapot collection in the world.|
The market place was moved to it's present location by the Normans, and today is the largest permanent open air market in the country. Overlooking it is the city hall and the medieval Guildhall.
Norwich is a city of churches. There are still over 30 inside the city walls dating back to the middle ages, more than any city in western Europe. And rising above them all is the 315 feet tall spire of Norwich Cathedral in it's own 'village within a city'.
The price of being the capital city of the region is that over the centuries the city has been redeveloped. Fortunately there is still much of the historic past to see. Elm Hill is the most complete medieval street in Norwich, even down to the cobble stones.
Other points of interest:
The lanes and alleys in the centre of Norwich have been pedestrianised and contain a wealth of specialist shops.
In Bridewell Alley, the Bridewell Museum documents the industrial and family history of the city; and in the Royal Arcade, the Mustard Shop has it's own unique museum of the history of Colmans Mustard.
Dragon Hall, a recently re-discovered medieval merchants hall in Kings Street is still being researched, and is well worth a visit.
Norwich Web Links:
Our sister site, Norwich, the Old City will give you all the information, photo tours and web links you need.
Tourist Information Centre:
The Forum (near Market Place)
Phone: 01603 727927
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Photographs Copyright © Ken Ward 2004 (unless otherwise stated)
Last Updated: 11 November 2004
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