Find the nearest See & Do in Norwich
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- Norwich Cathedral is a cathedral church situated in central Norwich in Norfolk. It is one of the city of Norwich’s heritage sites. Construction started in 1096 and it is built mainly from flint and mortar with a Caen limestone frontage and 315ft high spire, the second highest in England. The cathedral’s cloister has over 1,000 bosses, many of which are carved and ornately painted. The cathedral is open daily to visitors and has a gift shop and refectory restaurant on site.
- Dragon Hall is a medieval merchant’s hall situated in central Norwich in Norfolk. The centrepiece of the site is the Great Hall, which was constructed between 1427 and 1430. Other parts of this building are older as archaeological excavations have uncovered evidence of human habitation stretching back 1,000 years. The unique factor about Dragon Hall is that it is the only known building of its type still standing which was built by one man for his use rather than by a Guild. Having undergone major restoration in the last decade, the Great Hall can now been shown in its original magnificent state. There is an additional contemporary glass extension which tells the history of the site. Dragon Hall is open from April to October.
- Norwich Castle is one of the city of Norwich’s most famous landmarks. It was originally built as a palace by the Normans over 900 years ago, but it is now home to a fascinating interactive museum and art gallery. Visitors can explore everything from an Anglo-Saxon grave site to astounding at Viking treasures, an Egyptian tomb and finding out more about East Anglia’s Queen Boudica. Take a tour of the castle’s dungeons and battlements and see how the Normans lived. On site there are two new art galleries, as well as the world’s largest collection of ceramic teapots. Norwich Castle Museum is open all year round, details of events at www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
- The Forum is an information and entertainment centre situated in the heart of Norwich city centre. A striking example of 20th century architecture, the building is now a Norwich landmark. Inside the Forum, you’ll find the Millennium Library, a tourist information centre, the headquarters for BBC East as well as a shop and two restaurants. There is also a stunning atrium which is used for exhibitions and events.
- The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is a museum and art gallery situated on University of East Anglia’s campus in Norwich, Norfolk. The grade II listed glass and steel structure was designed by Norman Foster, a relatively unknown architect at the time, and opened in 1978. The centre houses the extensive fine and decorative artworks collection of Lord Robert Sainsbury and his wife, Lady Lisa Sainsbury. The collection includes pieces from Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore, Albert Giacometti and Francis Bacon. In 1991, the centre was extended and Foster designed a new wing which is built below ground. It has a crescent-shaped frontage overlooking a man-made lake. Visit the centre at any time of the year, for more information go to www.scva.org.uk
- Norwich City Hall is the home of Norwich City Council in Norwich, Norfolk. It is one of Norwich’s main heritage sites. An example of art deco architecture, Norwich City Hall was opened in 1938 by King George VI. The building still retains many of its original features, including the furniture and light fittings. It also has the largest clock bell in the UK.
- Cow Tower is a late 14th-century defense tower that is situated next to the River Wensum in Norwich in Norfolk. The tower was constructed for military reasons and was one of the earliest built artillery blockhouses in the country. It stands about 15m high with walls 1.8m thick. Due to its fragility, the tower is closed to the public but visitors can still walk around it. Details at www.english-heritage.org.uk
- Banham Zoo is a 50-acre zoo in Banham, Norfolk. It is privately owned and home to over 2,000 animals. Having opened its doors to the public in 1968, the zoo is now one of Norfolk’s top attractions with over 200,000 visitors a year. The zoo started with just a collection of pheasants and parrots in the late 1960s, acquiring a colony of woolly monkeys in 1971. Today, Banham Zoo has a wide range of different animals to see but still has a significant collection of smaller mammals and reptiles. The zoo is open throughout the year and has a coffee shop and restaurant on site, details at www.banhamzoo.co.uk
- Dinosaur Adventure is a tourist attraction near Lenwade in Norfolk. It offers visitors the chance to wander through their woodlands and see life-size replicas of different kinds of dinosaurs, come face to face with dinosaur fossils as well as go on a mini safari through the deer park. Dinosaur Adventure is open throughout the year www.dinosauradventure.co.uk
- The Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum catalogues the history of the Norfolk Regiment and is housed at the Shirehall, adjacent to Norwich Castle Museum in Norwich, Norfolk. Now primarily a research facility, the museum is home to the Regiment’s history from its formation right through its incorporation into the Royal Anglian Regiment. There is a display of medals awarded to soldiers of the regiment.
- Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is a garden situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads near South Walsham in Norfolk. Set over 131 acres, Fairhaven is a mix of native and cultivated plantings around a network of dykes and a private lake. You’ll find an ancient fishpond, a 950-year old oak tree and an area rich in wildlife.
- The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and lakes in the county of Norfolk. Covering around 303 square kilometres, two thirds of the connected waterways are navigable and range from small ponds to larger areas such as Hickling and Breydon. The depth of the broads is usually less than 4 metres. The Broads are a well-known destination in the UK for sailing enthusiasts and for those wanting a relaxing boating holiday. This special area of East Anglia has something for all the family and introduces people to the magic and mysticism of rivers. All over the Broads, there is a variety of different accommodation available, from self-catering cottages up to larger hotels. Walking and cycling routes follow the rivers through the beautiful countryside. More details at www.norfolkbroads.com