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Norwich is a cathedral city and also the county town of Norfolk - it is situated broadly in the centre of the county.
There is a great deal to discover in Norwich, from historical buildings to modern shopping, art galleries and museums, and a great range of pubs and restaurants etc. and there really is 'something for everyone' in this important historical centre.
Pride of place goes to the Romanesque style Norwich Cathedral, centrally placed and starting point for most visits to the town. The cathedral, dominated by its tall spire, is a very impressive medieval edifice, with many stone carvings and fine cloisters to enjoy. As with some other cathedrals in england, it is set in a 'close' that includes various other buildings related to the life of the cathedral itself. (Note: there is also a second cathedral in Norfolk, built in the 19th century.)
Known in part as Tombland, the area around the cathedral is said to be the most complete medieval city in England and there are various very old buildings, cobbled streets, cafes and pubs to explore. Be sure to pass along the picturesque Elm Hill which has many unspoiled tudor houses.
Another highlight is Norwich Castle, an impressive Norman building that now houses an important local museum containing many items of interest relating to the long and colourful history of the town and region. a particular highlight is the section dedicated to Queen Boadicea.
Among the other notable attractions in Norwich, you will see sections of the original town defensive walls, along with ornate gateways through the walls at Erpingham Gate and Ethelbert Gate; a remarkable number of medieval churches; several very well maintained public gardens, each with their own appeal and characteristics - the Plantation Gardens, established in Victorian times, is one highlight, the Chapelfield Gardens another.
The Strangers Hall Museum is a fascinating insight into times-gone-by in Norwich, with recreations of rooms from various different historical periods, while Dragon Hall is a lovely 15th century building with a stunning wood-beamed great hall.
Shoppers will also find plenty to enjoy in Norwich - as well as the shops that line the streets there are two modern shopping centres with all main high-street names. Talking of shopping, another highlight in the town is the upmarket 19th century 'Royal Arcade', just off Market Place (markets in Norwich are held daily except Sundays).
By way of contrast be sure to stop at the 'forum', a new 'modernist' centre in Norwich that includes the tourist information centre along with various cafes, bars and an exhibition centre, or perhaps take a peaceful walk along the banks of the River Wensum - note the ancient Bishop Bridge across the river while you are here.
Map of Norwich and places to visit
Norwich places to visit
See more places nearby in the Norfolk guide