Norwich - Places to See
Norwich - Places to See
Norwich Cathedral, Open All Year-D. Approached by two medieval gates, St Ethelbert Gate and Erpingham Gateway, it was founded in 1069 and has beautiful cloisters in which to enjoy the work of craftsmen five centuries ago. There is a Cathedral Treasury, closed Sunday, and outside the Cathedral is Edith CaveD's grave. The Cathedral has its own Visitors' Centre.
Norwich Castle, Open All Year, a magnificent Norman keep built of Normandy stone by William Rufus on the site of an earlier fortress. In the centre of the ancient Castle, a rotunda has been built and this houses a collection of archaeology, wild life, paintings and pottery mostly related to the city, and including its collection of works by the Norwich School of Painters.
City Hall, Market Place. Visitors must book in advance. Superb civic plate, including the Reade Salt, the finest piece of Norwich silver to be seen anywhere.
St Peter Mancroft Church, Market Place, Open All Year, is the largest medieval church in Norwich.
Museums and Galleries
Bridewell Museum, Bridewell Alley, closed Sunday, includes a reconstructed blacksmith's shop, and a clock room. St Peter Hungate Church Museum, Princes Street, closed Sunday, an ecclesiastical museum in a redundant church; Stranger's Hall Museum, Charing Cross, open Monday to Friday, a museum in a house occupied by a prosperous Norwich merchant family; Mustard Museum and Shop, Bridewell Alley, closed Thursdays, opened to mark Colmans' 150th anniversary. It must be the only shop in the whole country devoted to selling mustard and its little mahogany shelves and marble-topped counter take visitors back to Victorian times; Norwich Telephone Museum, St Andrews Street, open by appointment only, a tiny ancient house, is well worth a look; and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Open All Year - except Mondays, pm only, is an award-winning gallery.
Things to Do
Norwich Thorpe is a terminus station near the city centre and here end the frequent services from London Liverpool Street and weekday. There are plenty of cinemas and three theatres: the Theatre Royal, which houses large touring shows, Madder-market, an Elizabethan-style theatre professionally run for amateur players, and the Norwich Puppet Theatre home of the famous Da Silva Puppet Company.
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