Norwich is the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk. Norwich's economy was historically manufacturing based, with a large shoemaking industry, but transitioned throughout the 1980s and 1990s to a service-based economy. Aviva (formerly known as Norwich Union) still dominates these, but has been joined by other insurance and financial services companies.
of Norwich at the Bridewell
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Norwich Cathedral For over 900 years Norwich Cathedral has dominated the city's skyline. Loved by the local community, it was recently voted Norfolk's favourite building. Norwich Cathedral has the second largest cloisters, only outsized by Salisbury Cathedral. The cathedral close is one of the largest in England and one of the largest in Europe and has more people living within it than any other close. The cathedral spire, measuring at 315 ft or 96 m, is the second tallest in England despite being partly rebuilt after being struck by lightning in 1169, just 23 months after its completion.
Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell. This museum is a real treat. Beautifully composed displays lead you through a series of rooms on two floors that circle the courtyard of this historic building. The museum is in the heart of the Norwich Lanes, which is full of independent shops and cafés. It’s ten minutes walk from Norwich Cathedral and Strangers Hall.It’s also just five minutes from the River Wensum and Norwich’s super Riverside Walk, and from the lovely medieval street of Elm Hill.
Elm Hill is a historic cobbled lane with many buildings dating back to the Tudor period. It is a famous Norwich landmark and features the Briton's Arms coffee house, The Stranger's Club, The Tea House (in Wrights Court) and the Dormouse Bookshop. It is frequently used as a film set for TV and movie productions - most recently Stardust. Elm Hill today extends from the Church of St. Peter Hungate where the top of Elm Hill meets Princes Street, to the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, sited at the bottom of Elm Hill on the corner with Wensum Street.
Walk A simple 2 mile walk alongside the River Wensum
through Norwich. This picturesque walk through the centre of Norwich
links the Marriott's Way at Barn Road roundabout on the inner ring
road with The Wherryman's Way and Boudicca Way at Norwich Railway
This walk can be treated as a circular walk as there are paths on both sides of the river for the majority of the route.
Norwich Castle. One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Explore the Castle's history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy our fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections. It was founded in the aftermath of the Norman conquest of England when William the Conqueror (1066–1087) ordered its construction because he wished to have a fortified place in the important city of Norwich.