Guide To Norwich
|| It’s bid
to be the European Capital of Culture 2008 may not have
been a success but Norwich is still a creative and historic
city bursting with cultural heritage.
Known to many as the 'City of Churches', a trip
to Norwich is not complete without a look round at least
some of the 33 medieval flint-built churches, the Roman Catholic Cathedral [map] and the magnificent 900-year-old Norwich Cathedral
It’s at Norwich Cathedral where you can marvel at
the 1,200 illustrative stone roof bosses that depict the
entire bible story, and the bishop’s throne behind
the altar, which is reputed to be 1,000 years old. In
addition to a tour of the cathedral you can also make
the most of the 7,000 rare books, including some
of the earliest printed in England, at the cathedral library.
For more in the way of Norwich’s cultural legacy
pay a visit to Norwich Castle [map],
which has stood overlooking the city since the 12th century
and is one of the finest Norman buildings in Europe.
These days it is East Anglia’s principal museum
and art gallery, and is packed with treasures and
collections of local and national importance.
Also worth a look is Dragon Hall [map],
a 15th century merchants trading hall, which is said to
be the only one of its kind left in Western Europe.
This breathtaking room lay hidden for hundreds of years
but you can now take a tour round the timber-framed Great
Hall with its outstanding crown post roof and intricately
As well as plenty of old buildings, Norwich is packed
to bursting with fantastic museums,
which are another example of the city’s diverse
One of the most popular museums is Strangers’
Hall [map] on Charing Cross, which was once home to the mayors
and sheriffs of Norwich. The museum now has one of
the largest domestic life collections in the country,
including a variety of vacuum cleaners!
Also worth a look is the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum
[map] at Shirehall, where you can follow the story of Norfolk’s
soldiers over three centuries of global conflict, and
the City of Norwich Aviation Museum [map],
which has aircraft and memorabilia on display.
East Anglia’s capital city is also hot for art with
the Norwich Gallery [map] at the Norwich School of Art and Design, which has a changing
programme of work by living artists and designers, and
the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts [map] at the University of East Anglia, which has collections
from the Tate Gallery.
Norwich's vast culture can also be experienced in one
of the many theatres the
city has to offer, including the Theatre Royal [map],
which plays host to touring musicals, dramas, operas and
You can see great displays of contemporary dance and
drama at the Norwich Playhouse [map],
while for something completely different head to the Norwich
Puppet Theatre [map],
one of only two in the country. Set in a former church,
the Puppet Theatre provides a base for the Puppet Theatre
Company, which creates and presents a programme of
performances for children and adults alike.
As you can see, Norwich has a great deal to offer those
wanting to add a little culture to their lives. So why
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