By OLIVER HARDING
Norwich was England’s second biggest city after London throughout the 11th Century, and remained one of the United Kingdom’s most important cities for centuries thereafter.
The county of Norfolk holds Norwich as its regional administrative centre, and although the city has seen countless renovations and tireless modernisation, there is still a strong thread of traditional life running through its people.
As with any major English city, Norwich is full to the brim with enchanting castles, museums, and cultural centres that will take you back to a different time.
Run by The Norfolk & Norwich Heritage Trust and constructed by Robert Toppes in the 15th Century, Dragon Hall is listed as a Grade 1 medieval trading hall.
There are lots of fun activities for families, making this a perfect place to take the kids, but adults will be able to have their fair share of the frivolities too, with various markets, concerts, and historical events frequently held here.
Dragon Hall is a great place to learn all about the history of Norwich from a commercial perspective.
For more information call: 01603 663 922
With its traditional cobbled streets and terraced housing, a stroll around Elm Hill could end up with you almost forgetting this is the 21st Century!
Parades of special interest shops selling all manner of trinkets, crafts, and miscellany are housed in 17th Century style buildings, creating an authentic vintage atmosphere like nowhere else. Stop by at one of the quaint old cafes for a nice cuppa before marvelling at the 15th Century St Peter Hungate Church with its medieval styling.
Although fairly popular with tourists throughout the summer, Elm Hill is a quiet little area that seems to move at a much slower pace to the rest of Manchester, and is the perfect place to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Norwich Theatre Royal
This theatre celebrated its 250th birthday in 2008, two years after receiving a significant renovation.
Seating 1300 theatregoers, Norwich Theatre Royal is a relatively modest affair, but its performances are nothing short of spectacular. From opera to pantomime, and from plays to dance shows, there is sure to be something on the bill for everyone.
The theatre operates as a registered charity and also offers a full range of accessibility features for customers who require wheelchair access or who are hard of hearing.
Be sure to also grab a snack at the cafe during intermission!
For more information call: 01603 630 000
Having recently received a £1.5 million overhaul, Bridewell Museum is located in Norwich Lanes and is a charming place to visit to discover more about the people of Norwich.
The museum is designed to appeal to visitors of all ages, and there are plenty of things to see and do, including vintage feats of engineering, the world’s first wire netting machine, and the last operating Jacquard loom in Norwich.
Bridewell Museum provides fascinating insight into the lives and minds of Norwich’s population throughout the ages, and is the ideal place to soak up a little bit of history.
For more information call: 01603 629127