Norwich: a Medieval Gem

8336Norwich is arguably the best-preserved medieval city in the UK. The prosperous wool trade of the Middle Ages funded a proliferation of impressive architecture, especially churches, to the extent that you’ll find more of them here than in any other city of north-western Europe. A lively, bustling place, Norwich is loaded with good restaurants, unique shops, fascinating museums, and a thriving arts, music and cultural scene. Anyone looking for exciting nightlife will enjoy the city’s bars, music venues and nightclubs.

City of Literature

UNESCO declared Norwich a “City of Literature” in 2012, and it was the first such city in England. It has since been joined by Nottingham. This designation is a testament to Norwich’s cultural standing and devotion to education and the arts. You’ll find plenty of bookshops in the city; the obvious chain stores co-exist with charming independent shops offering intriguing collections of new and second-hand books.

Norwich Cathedral

Rising above the city like the mythical phoenix from the ashes, Norwich Cathedral has the second highest spire in England. It stands as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the country, having been built between 1096 and 1145. In a city heavily populated with churches, this one earns its place as Norwich’s seat of devotion. Whether you’re religious or not, you can’t but admire its magnificence.

Norwich Castle

Another imposing landmark in Norwich is its medieval castle, which was built at the behest of William the Conqueror in about 1067. Inside is the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, where you’ll find anything from fine art and archaeological artefacts to natural history and military displays.

National Park City

Norwich is the only city in England that lies within a National Park. Located on the western edge of the Norfolk Broads, which is explored separately on this website, you’re never far away from idyllic scenery when you come to Norwich. A permanent reminder of this is the beautiful River Wensum, which winds its way through the city and threads urban and rural Norfolk together.