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Two Days In Norwich: A tour of Norwich and some of the famous landmarks in the city

Two days holidaying in Norwich? You betcha’! It’s not every day you get the chance to leave bigger cities like London and witness some of the underrated sights within East Anglia – an area I feel is sorely let down by its lack of publicity.

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Day 1: Norwich Cathedral

Your first day in Norwich has to start at Norwich Cathedral, one of the most iconic buildings in the city. The cathedral dates back to 1096 and is one of the largest medieval cathedrals in Europe. It was built on top of a smaller Norman church.

A short stroll from the Cathedral will bring you to Elm Hill – one of the best-preserved medieval streets in England, with over thirty historic buildings dating from the 12th century through to Georgian times. The cobbled street is lined with artisan shops and independent cafes, many of which are family-run businesses that have been trading here for generations.

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Day 1: Norwich Castle

After a stroll around Norwich cathedral, I would suggest visiting Norwich Castle which was built by Edward Boardman a Norwich born architect. This castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norfolk and has been since its opening day back in 1121! The views from here are stunning so don’t forget your camera!

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Day 1: The Forum

Some people say “There’s nothing to do in Norwich.” Well, that is simply not true. Norwich is a city full of things to do. After a stroll around Norwich, I would suggest visiting The Forum, a library and community space that also houses some of Norfolk’s most important historic documents and artefacts.

The Forum is one of those places that has stood the test of time. It was opened to the public in 2001 and has been a place for the public to learn about and interact with the history of Norfolk ever since.

The Forum is home to several interesting exhibits, including an exhibit on the history of Norfolk which includes some very interesting items from the Civil War. Have in mind that the exhibits always change so check The Forum website to see what’s on right now.

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Day 2: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

On the second day, I would suggest visiting The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. It is an art museum and gallery located on the campus of the University of East Anglia. The Sainsbury Centre was designed by Norman Foster and is one of Britain’s most important examples of late modernist architecture.

The building was opened in 1978 by Queen Elizabeth II and houses the art collection of Sir Robert and Lady Lisa Sainsbury, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Graham Sutherland.

In 2011 the centre completed a £13.5 million expansion to create a new main entrance from the west, which includes a shop, café and lecture theatre. In addition to displaying works from its own collection, it has also hosted exhibitions by other international artists including Paul Gauguin.

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Day 2: Dragon Hall

After Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, you have to visit Dragon Hall. It is a medieval trading hall in Norwich, Norfolk, England. It is the only surviving part of Norwich’s fifteenth-century merchants’ hall. The building was constructed around 1427 for Robert Toppes, or Tops, a wealthy merchant and former mayor of Norwich. It was built as a guildhall and warehouse.

The building was one of the largest in Norwich when it was built, and continues to be an impressive structure. The hall is Grade I listed and has been described by Simon Jenkins as “the most complete and original medieval merchants’ hall in England”.

It is currently under the care of the Norfolk Museums Service, who have restored it to its 15th-century appearance. In 2004 it won the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award.

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Day 2: Norfolk Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

And for all the Archaeology fans we suggest The Norfolk Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. It houses a collection of over 100,000 archaeological and ethnographic objects from the county of Norfolk. The museum is located in Cambridge so there is a 1 hour and 30-minute drive from Norwich, but it is well worth it for a day trip.

 

In conclusion, if you are interested in history and are looking for a unique experience in the East of England, you should definitely consider visiting Norwich. Whether it’s the museums and exhibitions, the number of attractions you can visit or the variety of entertainment that is on offer, Norwich has much to offer. From the historic Guildhall and its magnificent Summer attractions to dinner at one of their many restaurants, there is something for everyone!

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