The City of Norwich combines a rich heritage and history with an exciting and contemporary atmosphere.
Take a stroll through the centre and you’ll get a sense of constant evolution. 1,500 historic buildings, including the 900-year-old cathedral and Norman castle, share the city with modern developments such as The Forum, Norwich’s state-of-the-art central library and media centre. Proud of its reputation as the arts and entertainment capital of the East of England, employment in the media industry is 20% higher than the national average.
The city is punctuated by many examples of historic architecture, including the remnants of the City Walls, the Guildhall, the Cathedral Close and Tombland areas and Elm Hill – a cobbled lane lined with Tudor period merchant buildings, now converted to independent shops, cafes and galleries. More recent sites of architectural interest include City Hall, the Royal Arcade and Anglia Square. Many sites are frequently used as sets for film and TV productions.
Norwich Castle was built as a royal palace for William the Conqueror 900 years ago. The Castle mound is the largest in the country. The structure now houses the Castle Museum and Art Gallery.
Norwich has two cathedrals – the huge 900-year-old Church of England cathedral which contains the second largest cloisters and the largest cathedral close in England, and the 100-year-old second largest Roman Catholic cathedral in England.
For most of the medieval period and into the late eighteenth century Norwich was England’s second city and its mercantile wealth has allowed it to become one of the great heritage cities of Europe.
For the traveller in search of the English Heritage, the county is a paradise.
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