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Visitor's Guide to Norwich

Visitor's Guide to Norwich These days Norwich may be famous for Alan Partridge, the Canaries and shopping, but East Anglia’s capital city also has a rich history, which helps make it the region’s top destination for tourists.

Perhaps the first thing you notice on arriving in this cosmopolitan city is its wealth of breathtaking architecture, from the 900-year-old Norwich Cathedral [map] and 12th century Norwich Castle [map] to The Forum [map], a strikingly modern glass building on Millennium Place.

Other attractions worth checking out include Strangers’ Hall [map], a domestic life museum, Bridewell Museum [map] for an insight into the city’s industrial past, and Dragon Hall [map], the only surviving 15th century trading hall in Western Europe.

At the Origins heritage centre [map] in The Forum, you can step back in time to explore 2,000 years of East Anglian history. Just next door you’ll find the city’s central library, with plenty of restaurants nearby and even an ice skating rink outside in the winter.

The city is also famous for its churches, so don’t leave Norwich without paying a visit to at least one of the 33 medieval flint-built churches dotted around the place, and, of course, the Roman Catholic Cathedral.

As one of the UK’s top 10 shopping locations, Norwich is undoubtedly a shoppers’ paradise with a great mix of modern high street shops, traditional markets and designer boutiques.

Castle Mall shopping centre [map] is home to chainstores such as New Look, Boots, and Oasis, whilst Norwich’s pedestrianised shopping area on London Street and St Stephen’s Street, offers a selection of designer stores.

For speciality shops, local souvenirs, crafts and antiques head to the ancient streets of Bedford Street, Bridewell Alley, Pottergate and Elm Hill in the medieval part of town.

Those seeking entertainment will not be disappointed either as this city has the best nightlife in East Anglia, with a whole host of trendy bars, traditional pubs and fantastic nightclubs to choose from.

There are also plenty of elegant theatres and art-house cinemas, including the Theatre Royal [map] and the amateur Maddermarket Theatre [map], while live music is provided at St Andrew’s Hall [map] and The Waterfront [map].

If sport is more your style, then you won’t be disappointed either as there is a wide choice of horse racing, tennis, water sports, golf and football, including Premiership side Norwich City FC.

Finally, after all that sightseeing pay a visit to one of Norwich’s huge selection of restaurants and cafés in the city centre, including the swanky Adlard's Restaurant [map], the local favourite Britons Arms Coffee House [map], and the distinctly different Three Ways Lebanese Restaurant [map].

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