The Norman’s left their mark
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Standing for over 900 years
Not many buildings could boast this accolade, but Norwich Cathedral has stood for over 900 years, and the impressive Norman Tower still remains today.
Not only is the Cathedral a spectacle in itself, but you are free to enjoy the wonderful, enchanting cloisters, which is the second largest in England after Salisbury.
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 was given a state funeral in 1919 at Westminster Abbey and now rests in “Life’s Green” at Norwich Cathedral.
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.
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.
One of the most eye-catching buildings in the centre of Norwich is the wonderful Art Nouveau Royal Arcade, designed by George Skipper.
His work also includes Surrey House the headquarters of Norwich Union; and the Hotel de Paris in the nearby seaside town of Cromer (which you’ll see when we visit Cromer in a later post).
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.
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.
Where we stayed
Our choice of hotel while we were in Norwich, was the historic Maids Head Hotel, fantastic location only a few steps from Erpingham Gate and the Cathedral. Also, it had free onsite parking.
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.
It’s worth booking with Prime – we walking in on a Monday evening, and we were lucky.
With the tasting menu at the Maids Head Hotel you need to book in advance.
Where we had, a pit stop
Just for research purposes (honest…), we stopped at the Adam & Eve, Norwich’s oldest pub established in 1249.
Gary also managed to find a brew house – St Andrews Brewhouse to be precise. A great selection of beers & knowledgable staff.
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