Of Interest in Norwich
||Norwich is a cool
cosmopolitan city that is full to the brim with medieval
architecture, ancient relics and a wide range of exciting
places to visit.
Tourists who have a passion for churches will feel right
at home in Norwich, as the city has more than 30 flint-built
medieval chapels along with the hugely famous 900-year-old Norwich Cathedral [map].
Here 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.
There is also a café where you can enjoy lunch
or afternoon tea.
Located close to the cathedral on the riverside is the Cow Tower [map],
a circular, detached brick tower that once formed part
of the city’s 14th century defences.
For more of Norwich’s wonderful architecture pay
a visit to the 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 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 on King Street,
which is said to be the only one of its kind to
survive in Western Europe. This breathtaking room lay
hidden for hundreds of years until the 1970s, when what
had first appeared to be three properties was found to
be a single medieval hall. Inside the secret door you’ll
find the timber-framed Great Hall with its outstanding
crown post roof and intricately carved dragon. It’s
a fantastic sight for anyone interested in medieval
If you fancy chilling out in a Victorian paradise then
head to the Plantation Garden [map],
which is just 600 yards from the city centre and includes
a huge gothic fountain, flower beds, lawns and woodland
walkways. The garden was established more than 100 years
ago as a haven of peace and tranquillity in a three
acre abandoned chalk quarry.
For something completely different pay a visit to Norwich’s
newest public building, The Forum [map],
where you’ll find the Origins heritage centre,
which explores the city’s development over 2000
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