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  • 1. History of Norwich

    Evidence of the Normans settling in the Norwich area is still very visible today with Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral and the remains of the city walls. Medieval Norwich had a staggering 57 churches, and 30 of these can still be seen today. Many other medieval buildings can also be found in the city. It was very prosperous at this time, with wool and weaving being the main tr...Read moreades. Textiles were the main industry in the area until the early 19th century, when printing and leather production became popular. Rail links between Norwich and London kick-started the city’s shoe industry. The art deco City Hall, overlooking the market place, was built in the 1930s and the University of East Anglia was opened in 1963. Read less

  • 2. Now in Norwich

    Many of the medieval churches are still places of worship, while others have been converted for different uses, including a science centre, a puppet theatre and an arts centre. Norwich is a popular city for holidaymakers visiting the Norfolk Broads, and has plenty of sightseeing opportunities. It also has a thriving shopping centre and market.

  • 3. Events in Norwich

    One of the biggest events of the year in Norwich’s calendar is the Royal Norfolk Show, an agricultural event with livestock and horses. The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is an annual event celebrating the arts. The Norwich Fringe Festival runs alongside this and offers an independent, artist-led programme of events. The Norwich Dragon Festival and the Shakespeare Festival are ...Read moreother events on the annual calendar. Exhibitions and events take place regularly at the city’s galleries and other buildings. Art Alive in Churches is one example of this, where the work and skills of modern artists and craftspeople is celebrated. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Norwich

    Norwich Castle was built 900 years ago and is now a museum and art gallery. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful castle gardens. Norwich Cathedral is open to visitors and has a fascinating history to tell. It has the second tallest spire in England and the largest monastic cloisters. Concerts, tours and activities take place in the building. Plantation Garden is a Grade II reg...Read moreistered garden dating back 143 years. It contains a Gothic fountain, a Victorian-style greenhouse and woodland walkways. It is also known as the Secret Garden because although people know it exists, many have never found it. The Inspire Discovery Centre is a hands-on science attraction housed in a medieval church in the centre of the city. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Norwich

    Visitors can see Norwich by taking a boat tour around the city and its adjoining waterways. The Fairhaven Woodland and Water garden is 130 acres of ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad on the outskirts of the city. Boat trips are available. The list of museums is extensive and includes Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum; Strangers’ Hall, one of the city’s old...Read moreest buildings; the City of Norwich Aviation Museum and Dragon Hall. Read less

  • 6. Business in Norwich

    Independent and specialist shops can be found in Norwich Lanes, a collection of medieval alleys and winding streets in the city centre. The city has two main shopping centres, The Mall and Chapelfield, and all the high street names and department stores. There is also the Cathedral Retail Park and Riverside Retail on the edge of the city centre. Norwich has a thriving financial...Read more services industry as well as health and life sciences and creative/media industries. Other important business sectors include retail, construction, specialised engineering, manufacturing and tourism. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Norwich

    Norwich International Airport is just four miles from the city centre and has flights to many UK airports as well as European destinations. Flights to Amsterdam link up to around 400 destinations worldwide. Major roads to the Norwich area are the M11, A11, A12, A140 (from London, the south, the ferry ports and the Channel Tunnel) and the A14, A47, A1/M1 (from the north and west...Read more). Norwich Railway Station is in the city centre and has good links to London and the rest of the UK. Norwich’s coach station is in the city centre in Surrey Street and has good links to major cities. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Norwich

    Outdoor theatre and entertainment takes place in the Castle Gardens and Plantation Garden during the summer. Concerts are also often held in the city park bandstands during the summer. The Forum is a modern community building in the city centre and hosts a varied programme of events, including outdoor cinema and opera, Comedy Store performances, jazz concerts, art exhibitions, ...Read morecraft markets and children’s school holiday activities. The list of theatres in Norwich includes Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich Puppet Theatre and Norwich Arts Centre. Live music can be found at Norwich Arts Centre, The Waterfront, The University of East Anglia, The Assembly House, Norwich Theatre Royal, Dragon Hall and the John Innes Centre. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Norwich

    Norwich Castle and Norwich Cathedral are the city’s most famous landmarks. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is another striking historic building. Dragon Hall is a medieval trading hall and now a heritage attraction in the city centre, and the modern Forum, built to celebrate the new millennium, has an outdoor amphitheatre.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Norwich

    Norwich is the birthplace of Colman’s Mustard, which began in the city in 1814

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