In 1404, the city's most influential individuals decided to construct a hall for several purposes such as administration and meetings, but also including a prison in the cellar. This building however collapsed in the early 16th century and was reconstructed in 1534. With the exception of the 19th century alternations, the building is kept as it was back then at that time. With the construction of the new Town Hall in 1938, the guildhall has lost its main fucntion, but continues to host occassional events. The prison was even in fuction until 1980. Today, it is the largest survicing civic medieval building outside London. The Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust has its seat in this building as well as does a coffee shop.
The two western gates leading to the Cathedral are worth a small detour:
The Ethelbert Gate was built in the early 14th century after an predecessor structure was demolished in 1272. It is decorated with flushwork, an architectural feature typical for East Anglia. The upper floor once had a chapel dedicated to St. Ethelbert. It was placed on the space of a former Anglo-Saxon church dedicated to the same saint.
The Erpingham gate was built by the influential Sir Thomas Erpingham, who led the archers during Henry V's famous victory in Agincourt, in 1420. It is located to the west of the Cathedral. It features typical late Gothic artwork.
The second tallest Cathedral in England (after Salisbury) is a must-do on any trip to Norwich. The Cathedral was built on the place of a former Anglo-Saxon church. Having been built between 1096 and 1045, it is a brainchild of the conquest and a true gothic beauty. Most of the original structure was retained, the main part to be altered centuries later is the characteristical 315-foot-high spire. Notable details inside the chuirch include the fan vaulted ceiling, the roof bosses with biblical and other religious motifs, an Anglo-saxon bishop's throne (cathedra) and the new refectory from 2004 which ineterstingly blends into the old medieval cloister structure. The two gates leading to the Cathedral grounds are worth aq small detour and are described in a separate tip.
An entrance fee in form of a donation is charged. The Cathedral does not offer as much as the castle does, but you should plan around an hour for the visit, depending on your love for architectural details and history. 45-minute-tours are available regularly during the day.
Castle, prison, museum, restaurant – here, you will find everything to spend a day in Norwich when good old English weather is preventing you from exploring the city. But even when the sun shines, a visit to Norwich would be incomplete without a visit to the castle and the cathedral.
The main area is dedicated to the medieval castle and the city's history. Though almost nothing reminds of how a room in the castle would have looked like, the medieval structure itself is well preserved. Other exhibitions include topics as archeological researches on site, Ancient Egypt, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, a natural history museum and one of the world's largest tea-pot collections. Visits to the battlements as well as to the dungeon (used as a prison for centuries) are separately charged and only available as a guided tour. I visited the prison cellar and got a well-guided, informative tour. Tickets can be bought at the same reception desk from which you got your entrance. Activities for children are offered and ocassionally, you can see workshops, music performances and similar events in the restaurant court (rotunda). The latter space as well as the shop are the only places completely free of charge,.
Calculate at least three hours for a castle visit, depending on how many of the exhibitions you would like to see. Whatever your taste is, it is worth a visit.
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Quiz Night at the Rose Tavern
If you are in the area and fancy having a go at a quiz get here. Prize for all teams ranging from sweets to top prize money.
The Pub doesn't do food on Sunday evenings but The Unthank Arms and Mad Moose are all nearby
900 years of history lie perched on the mound in the city centre. It was built by the Normans and began its early life as a palace and then bacame a prison in the 14th centruy. It was then turned into a museum.
Some of the exhibits include an Egyptian collection, modern art and also 18th/19th century watercolours.
Don't miss the tour of the dungeons.
See Norwich from a boat
I took a guided boat tour of Norwich. The boat left from Elm Hill Quay and we were taken around on the river Wensum.
Norwich had been a very important, big city in the Middle Ages and had had a large city wall. Parts of the city wall and its guard towers are still standing and we could see them from the boat. This is a tour I can recommend very much, the commentary was good and informative, with enough time to take pictures.
The tour I took was scheduled to last one hour, but it was a bit longer than that. No problem for me, but if someone has a train to catch it can be difficult.
This was a very pleasant way of getting to know Norwich. As a special plus we even saw a kingfisher fly by, a surprising sight in a city as big as Norwich.
The cathedral is just as magnificent as I had read. Almost 1000 years old, renovation was being done , but I could still see very much. It always amazes me how these large churches could be built without any electricity, machines, cranes, just ladders and scaffolds and of course many, many workers.
I found something very special in Norwich cathedral: Babies being baptized there get an extra sweet start into their life - the font used to be a pot for boiling chocolate in a chocolate factory. Is there any better excuse for developing a sweet tooth later?
The Assembly House
As I was walking through the twon centre - I came across the Assembly House. It is set back from the main road, and has a pleasant garden and water feature between the building and the roadway.
During my visit - I visited the art exhibition being held there by John Patchett (one of the UK's leading exponents of pastel painting. There are regular exhibitions held in the rooms here.
In addition, I also visited the exhibition being held in the Assembly House by the Costume & Textile Association to celebrate 20 years. It was being held in the Oliver Messel Gallery in the Assembly House - and it was running between May - September 2009.
There is also a restaurant and cafe bar - Ivory's; which is open daily between 09.30 - 19.00.
The property has a history which starts back in 1248 when it came into being as the hospital of St Mary Chapel. As time moved on, the builkdings changed and developed, and the religious significance of the site died away. In 1753 the city alderman took out a 500 year lease on the property and in 1755 Thomas IVORY designed the current building as an enteratinment centre, complex or facility.
It has seen many uses and has a interesting history - and survives now in it's current form due to many faithful supports throughout the decades.
Norwich cathedral was built over 90o years ago and is a magnificent place to visit. With its French limestone, it's 2 storey cloister and a font which was once used for chocolate making.
The cathedral stands 315 feet high and has the second tallest spire in England.
Elm Hill is probably the most famous road in Norwich. It is one of the oldest streets in Norwich and is a leap back in history with its Tudor character. Apparently there are more Tudor houses in Elm Hill than in the whole of the City of London.
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Norwich Castle was founded by the Normans between 1066 and 1075. Its location is in the city centre. The castle now has an art gallery and also has archaeology and natural history displays. The entrance fee is £6.50 (April 2007)
Norwich Cathedral is situated in the centre of town, it has its own entrance gates and walls to separate the town from the cathedral. The building of the cathedral was started in 1096 and was consecrated in 1278. The entrance is by the way of a donation, and photography is allowed.
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Go to unviversity at UEA!
lovely concrete UEA! This is where I went to uni...
Here you can see the main campus square looking at the bar (the most important place on campus of course hehe).
I think one of the best faculties at the uni is Art History and perhaps ecology. I studied Politics and sociology here, but wasn't too impressed by the course. Well to tell you the truth I started to study psychosocial studies here before changing, and that was a very good course.
There were many foreign students and mature students here making a good mix of people and cultures.
If any one would like more info about UEA or is thinking of coming here, please contact me!
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Visit Norwich Castle
Norwich Castle is one of Norwich's most famous attractions. Not only a castle walk-through, it is also a museum and art gallery. There are interactive exhibits; some are hands-on. For this reason, Norwich Castle is great for children.
Cost of tickets depends on whether you want to see all the castle, or just a few zones. For all zone access, Adults pay £6.50 and children pay £4.75. Access to the Battlements and Dugeon are seperate.
Generally, the castle is open Mon - Fri: 10am - 4:30pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm, Sun: 1pm - 5pm. Holiday times and closings can be found on the website.
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