The Norman’s left their mark
Direct from London
Although for us this was a road trip, Norwich is only a couple of hours by train from London’s Liverpool Street Station, so easily accessible from the country’s capital.
The Cathedral- framed
Standing for over 900 years
Very few buildings could boast this accolade; however, Norwich Cathedral has stood for over 900 years, and the impressive Norman Tower still remains today.
Norwich Cathedral is beautiful inside and out, and whatever religious persuasion you are it is a delightful place to visit.
Through Erpingham Gate to the Cathedral
Once you’ve strolled throughout the Cathedral, I highly recommend that you head outside. The enchanting cloisters are incredible and they the second largest in England after Salisbury Cathedral.
The cloisters, Norwich Cathedral
Amazingly, Norwich Cathedral is free of charge to visit, along with its guided tours.
WWI heroine - Edith Cavell
One of Norfolk’s most famous daughters is the nurse, Edith Cavell, who was executed behind enemy lines for nursing and sheltering Allied forces.
Edith Cavell never discriminated between nationalities and she helped all that were in need regardless of which side of the war they were fighting on.
Edith was given a state funeral in 1919 at Westminster Abbey and now rests in “Life’s Green” at Norwich Cathedral.
The memorial to Edith Cavell
80 listed buildings
Erpingham and Ethelbert gates lead you into the Cathedral and its enchanting 44-acre surrounding Close.
It is so serene & peaceful, wandering around the beautiful grounds day or night you feel like you have stepped back into a slice of idyllic English life, with its cobbled streets and manicured lawns and gardens.
The Cathedral grounds
Grab a picnic and admire the many listed buildings within The Close, then take a stroll down to the Pulls Ferry & the riverside walk.
Not to be outshone
Another iconic sight in Norwich is its castle, built by the Normans for William the Conqueror as a royal palace
Originally taking the form of a motte and bailey, the castle is now home to a museum and art gallery, with fantastic views across the city.
Another area of Norwich that we loved was the labyrinth of cobbled lanes and medieval Tudor buildings in the Cathedral Quarter along Elm Hill & Tombland.
A view of Elm Hill in Tombland
The Britons Arms coffee house was the only building on Elm Hill to escape the devastating fire in 1507 and has a cellar dating from 13th century
The Britons Arms
One of the most eye-catching buildings in the centre of Norwich is the wonderful Art Nouveau Royal Arcade, designed by George Skipper.
Inside the Royal Arcade
The entrance to the Royal Arcade
Norwich has the largest six-day open air market in the country, housing up to 200 stalls. Historically a market has been held here since the 11th century, and it is looked down upon by the Art Deco City Hall.
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If you get a chance to stroll along the River Wensum by Pulls Ferry, you’ll be rewarded with a lovely view back to Norwich Cathedral.
A view of Norwich Cathedral
Also along the walk, you’ll find the Cow Tower, an artillery tower built between 1398-1399.
The tower was built to defend the north-eastern approach to Norwich from the French.
The Cow Tower
Norwich is not only full of historical architecture it has had some notable residents as well, one of which was Horatio Nelson, who attended grammar school here.
A statue of Nelson
So many churches & barbers
What we noticed about Norwich was that there so many churches (along with two cathedrals). I have since discovered that no other county in Britain is richer in its historic churches than Norfolk - there are over 650 of them.
St. Peter Hungate church
For some reason, Norwich also has a lot of old style barbers….who knew?
Where we stayed
The Maids Head Hotel
Where we ate
If you enjoy a steak, this is the place to go, the Prime Restaurant located in Tombland. You cook your own steak on a piece of volcanic rock.
Book in Advnce
It's worth booking with Prime Restaurant in advance. We walked in on a Monday evening, and we were lucky.
Steak at Prime, Norwich
We also opted for the Tasting menu at the Wine Press - The restaurant within the Maids Head Hotel.
Each of the 5 courses were served with a matched wine. In all, an enjoyable experience.
Book in Advance
With the tasting menu at the Wine Press you need to book in advance.
Dessert at the Maids Head Hotel, Norwich
Where we had, a pit stop
Just for research purposes (honest…), we stopped at the Adam & Eve, Norwich’s oldest pub established in 1249.
The Adam & Eve Pub
Gary also managed to find a brew house - St Andrews Brewhouse to be precise. A great selection of beers & knowledgable staff.
St Andrews Brew House
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