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The UK’s most complete medieval city, Norwich resembles a huge, open air museum to 2000 years of British history. From the magnificent cathedral that dominates the city centre, to the Norman castle and cobbled streets, East Anglia’s capital ably demonstrates why it has been an important cultural and political hub long before Alan Partridge turned Norwich – somewhat unfairly - into a byword for backwater parochialism. That undeserved reputation has more to do with the city’s location, tucked away in England’s rump, a little too far for many international tourists spending a few days in London to bother visiting. But for Brits and visitors alike, Norwich is the perfect place to drive to for a night or three of old-school English charm.
Things to do in Norwich
Like Edinburgh or London, one of the greatest pleasures one can have in Norwich is simply walking around and taking in the splendid buildings. Known as the Norwich 12, a select group of these buildings have preserved a thousand years of architectural heritage, serving as a kind of ‘Twelve Wonders of Norfolk’. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the 12th Century Norwich Castle, on which tourist officials have done a fine job balancing historical integrity with hands-on exhibits. The Cathedral and trading centre Dragon Hall also date back to the middle ages, offering a tantalising glimpse into our vibrant religious and mercantile past.
Top 3 Must See: Norwich
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Norfolk 12 architectural tour
Colman’s Mustard Shop
The 14th Century Guildhall serves cocoa in ancient surroundings; Representing this end of the millennium is the Forum, Europe’s biggest digital gallery (and an impressive piece of architecture in its own right). Foodies will be hard-pressed to find a better city than Norwich in terms of gastro-pubs and bistros, and England’s largest open air market transports you to another world, where bartering for fine meats is the norm. The 21st Century shopper is well-served by the famous Norwich Lanes, whose variety of boutiques and independent shops consistently propels the city into the upper reaches of most ‘Top 10 Places to Shop in the UK’ lists. For families, there are watersports at Whitlingham Country Park and the Norwich Puppet Theatre.
Drive Around Norwich
Car hire in Norwich is not strictly necessary. It’s a small, beautiful city best seen at a leisurely walking pace, but getting to this part of the country is easier by car than public transport. View GoCarHire.co.uk’s range of rental cars to suit all tastes and budgets, then enjoy a slow, luxurious drive through East Anglia. On departing Norwich, set aside a day to drive to the Norfolk Broads – the flat landscape surrounding the wetlands offers an altogether different experience than the rolling hills more typical of picture postcard England.
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