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Places 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 history.

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 years.

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