Heritage and culture in Norwich
Norwich is a city to rival many of its European neighbours, and considering its a UNESCO City of Literature and has lots on offer you can understand why...
Norwich Castle Museum is one of the finest examples of a Norman castle in Europe. It houses excellent displays and exhibitions, as well as The Norfolk Regimental Museum and wicked dungeon tours! The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell tells the tale of Norwich's fascinating history, its industries and people.
The Norwich 12 is the epitome of the sites you need to visit, and comprised of... Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral, The Great Hospital, The Halls – St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’, The Guildhall, Dragon hall, The Assembly House, St James Mill, St John Baptist Cathedral, Surrey House – Marble Hall, City Hall and The Forum. If we only had a short time and had to pick three, we would opt for Norwich Cathedral, Dragon hall and The Assembly House. But, then again...
A cultural night out in Norwich is certainly on the cards. The Norwich Theatre Royal is renowned for being one of the best regional theatres in the country, and has a never-ending programme of drama, musicals and more. The Playhouse, near Norwich Cathedral, is an intimate theatre with an excellent calendar of events ranging from comedy and fringe theatre to live drama and jazz. The Maddermarket, on Norwich Lanes, is a wonderful space showcasing the very best of Norfolk talent, whereas The Norwich Puppet Theatre is one of its kind and promises magical and unique entertainment and workshops. At this point, we should also mention the Theatre Royal's new Stage Two - a performance venue to training, workshops and the arts for local adults and young, talented groups.
Norwich is awash with fabulous independent galleries and shops - with the greater saturation in the Norwich Lanes - which sits between the cathedral, Jarrolds and St Benedicts Street. From unique homewares, crafts, art, clothing and accessories, you're sure to leave with something special. Don't miss The Giggly Goat - a craft shop like no other.
Festivals & events
Where do we start? Norwich has a vibrant events scene, spanning everything from food and ale to paper and performance. The UEA, Bicycle Shop, Waterfront and Norwich Cathedral are each home to exceptional live music, no matter whether you prefer choral sessions, intimate folk or major international bands. Norwich Fashion Week happens each March, and following this is The Norfolk and Norwich Festival each May - a showcase for the world's most talented performers, and attracting people from far and wide. Plus, there are beer festivals each spring and autumn - cheers!