Norwich is a vibrant city that has a dynamic blend of historical and contemporary sites. It is claimed to be one of the most complete medieval cities in the UK and has an extensive network of medieval winding streets. Within these streets is a thriving and diverse culture, with celebrations of art, creativity, history and heritage. If you are looking to immerse yourself into the excitement of the bold city on your next holiday, then we have plenty of holiday homes in Norfolk for sale for you to choose from.
Norwich has two elaborate cathedrals, and both are worth a visit, but if you only have time to see one, then the Norwich Cathedral is a must. It is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and holds over 900 years of history. There are daily, free guided tours lead by volunteers who give you an inspiring insight into the rich history of the cathedral and Norwich. It is full of interesting exhibitions and art. Children are encouraged to engage and learn during their time there and are lent magnifying glasses, binoculars and other items to help them explore the cathedral in their own way. If you happen to be visiting during the summer, you may spot the resident Peregrine couple, who each year make their nest in the cathedrals foot spire. Since 2012 they have had chicks every summer, there is a great observation point and live webcam to watch the action! The cathedral is also surrounded by a stunning and well maintained Herb and Japanese Garden which makes the perfect spot to enjoy the scenery after a day of study.
Adam and Eve
A trip to Norwich city centre would not be complete without visiting the oldest pub in the county. Records of the use of the building date to the 13th century when it was used to house the builders of the nearby Norwich Cathedral. The age and history of the pub make this place a worthy spot for a refreshment. From when you approach the building to when you walk through the door, you step into a time warp. The pub is full of character with beams, nooks and historic items around you.
The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers Hall
The Museum of Norwich can be found in the heart of the picturesque Norwich Lanes. It is a small museum, but it is packed with interesting, interactive and traditional exhibits. There are regular talks, tours and activities for children which take you on a journey through medieval times to the modern world today. You will discover the city’s industries including the textile trade, shoe production, chocolate and mustard. You will learn about the lifestyle of some of the people who lived and worked in Norwich. A fantastic and rounded insight into the history of the city and what has contributed to where it is today.
While you are exploring the Norwich Lanes, the Strangers Hall is worth a visit. Boasting stunning examples of Tudor architecture, interior and furnishings it will give you a picture of the former owners living quarters.
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
The Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Norwich. The castle was built over 900 years ago as a Royal Palace with a motte and bailey and is mentioned in the Doomsday Survey. It has had many functions through the years including a prison and its use now as a museum and art gallery. There are events and tours available which take you through a variety of exhibits including costume, textile, jewellery, ceramics, silverware, ancient Egypt and natural history.
The Plantation Garden has been lovingly cared for and maintained since 1856 when the original owner Henry Trevor, brought the unused chalk quarry and transformed it into a flourishing garden. It is a fantastic place to spend a few hours of your day, surrounded by stunning plants and gothic themes. There are great activities for children, including architecture trails, shield designs, wildlife discovery and identification to name a few.
The Forum Community Building
The Forum Community Building was built to mark the Millennium. It is the cultural hub of the city and hosts a variety of fantastic events all under one roof. There are art exhibitions, food markets, craft days, films, music and much more! Although this is a community building the groups welcome visitors to come along and join in the fun.
Indulge yourself in the Norwich city lifestyle on your holiday to Norfolk. There is an abundance of discoveries to be made in the streets, historic buildings and beautiful gardens. You will come away loving the vibrancy there just as much as we do.