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    Norwich Cathedral

    by stiab3 Written Jan 16, 2005

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    Norwich Cathedral

    Norwich Cathedral is a magnificent Norman building set in the largest close in England.

    The cathedral spire is the second tallest in England, and the cloisters are the largest monastic cloisters in the country.

    The nave roof bosses, illustrating the Bible from Creation to the Day of Judgement, and the Saxon Bishop's throne in the eastern apse, are unique features.

    The ground plan is almost unchanged from the Romanesque original, with fourteen bays making up an unusually long aisle.

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    Elm Hill - how quaint

    by TonyBagnall Updated Jun 1, 2006

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    Cobbled and quaint

    Elm Hill is one of the oldest streets in Norwich. This narrow cobbled street is flanked either side by genuine Tudor houses some of which are now pretty little shops. Apparently there are more Tudor houses in Elm Hill than in the whole of the City of London.

    Stop off for a lovely cup of tea and slice of delicious home made cake at the Britons Arms. The buidling is from the 15th century and has a thatched roof. If it is a nice day sit outside in the secret courtyard garden. It is also a cosy place in the winter time. The address of the cafe is 9 Elm Hill.

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    St. Giles

    by yooperprof Written Aug 23, 2004

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    medieval churchyard

    St. Giles is one of the many gems of Norwich's medieval churches. It stands at one of the tallest points of the city, and its eight tower bells proudly ring out a joyous tintinnabulation that is heard for miles. (I've always wanted to use that word.)

    The neighborhood around St. Giles was great for browsing among small shops filled with curiousities. I used to walk past the church and through St. Giles Street on my way into the center of Norwich. I hope it hasn't changed!

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    Down by the riverside

    by uglyscot Written Jul 23, 2005

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    by the river

    When arriving or leaving Norwich by train it is worth crossing the road outside the station and looking at the river and the boats moored there. It is very pleasant, and in summer there are colourful flowers. the weeping willows overhanging the canal are very attractive too.

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    Norwich Cathedral

    by christine.j Updated Nov 6, 2009

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    From chocolate pot to a baptise font

    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?

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    See Norwich from a boat

    by christine.j Updated Nov 6, 2009

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    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.

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    City Cathedral

    by nhcram Updated Oct 15, 2008

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    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.

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  • Norwich Cathedral

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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    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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  • Elm Hill

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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    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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    Visit Norwich Castle

    by iamjacksgoat Updated Jul 18, 2007

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    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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    Walking around the City Centre

    by TonyBagnall Updated Jun 1, 2006

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    It is easy to walk around Norwich in a day, things are pretty close together and there are lots of cafes and pubs to stop at a long the way to refuel. The amount of medeval churches is quite remarkable - these people must have done a lot of praying! Highlights include the Cathedral and grounds, Elm Hill and the walk along the river. Note there are two Cathedrals (the Roman Catholic one is on the edge of town and is impressive but not as much as the one in the city centre which has the advantage of a lovely setting).

    If you prefer to join an organised tour these are available. I haven't been on one so cannot vouch for the quality, more info at:
    http://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/documents/31.pdf

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    Go green at the Greenhouse Cafe

    by TonyBagnall Updated Jun 1, 2006

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    There are lots of cafes in Norwich but this is one of the more interesting ones. The place is run by volunteers, as it is funded via a charitable trust, so if the service is slow give the staff a break! The overall aim of the building is to promote sustainable living by providing educational material on green issues, climate change etc and leaflets on what people can do to limit the impact they have on the environment. All very worthy. The buidling itself aims to lead by example, having solar panels and using rainwater to flush the loos etc. There is a cute courtyard garden out the back which is lovely on a sunny day. The food is vegetarian and everything is organic.

    The is also a small shop selling organic food and wine, household items, candles, cards etc.

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    The Forum

    by TonyBagnall Written May 31, 2006

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    A multiple purpose building housing an ecletcic mix of the city's library, a cafe, the local BBC TV outpost and Pizza Express. The style of the buidling is very 'millenium' being constructed from huge amounts of glass and metal. There is a regular farmers market twice a month. Stand up comedy sometimes in the evening. Sometimes has exhibitions, for up to date info on what events are on see the website. The cafe has comfy sofas inside and live piano music once a week. There is also an outside terrace. The cafe is very popular and gets particularly busy at the weekend. A great place for people watching! In the winter they have a small ice rink outside for skating.

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    Norwich Cathedral

    by yooperprof Written Jul 28, 2004

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    Norwich Cathedral was founded in 1096 by the Normans - at roughly the same time that they began working on the castle here. (Religion and Power in English History. . . Discuss.)

    The Cathedral Close occupies a significant chunk of land within the City Walls, and strolling about you can very easily get a sense of centuries slipping away. There are many fine views of the central Cathedral tower, with its spire reaching a height of 315 feet above the ground.

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  • Norwich Castle

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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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)

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