Located in the heart of Norfolk on the River Wensum, Norwich has a wealth of historical attractions that make it a popular tourist destination all year round. Norwich also has easy transport links to the Norfolk coast, efficient train links to London and the Midlands, making it easily accessible from across the country.
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The name ‘Norwich’ derives from the former Anglo-Saxon name of Northwic, when they settled in between the 5th and 7th centuries. Towards the end of the 9th century the city was heavily influenced by Viking culture, with Anglo-Scandinavian districts established in the north of what is now King Street. Norwich gradually grew to become one of the largest cities in England, and the Domesday Book stated that it had around 25 churches and a population between five and ten thousand, with much of the local economy being based on trade. Following the Norman Conquest Norwich Castle was founded, with the Normans creating a new settlement around the Castle – and is now where Norwich Market can be found. Around 1340 the city walls were finally completed, but prevented the expansion of the city further due to laws that made it illegal to build outside them, though Norwich was still one of the biggest cities in the UK. During World War Two Norwich was heavily bombed, resulting in extensive damage to the city centre and a number of the Victorian terraced houses that surrounded the centre. Today the city’s economy is primarily serviced-based, as during the late 1970s the vast majority of the major breweries in Norwich were no longer in business.
One of top historical attractions in Norwich is the stunning Cathedral of St John the Baptist, the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the UK. It is particularly popular for its stonework and stained glass windows, and is now a Grade 1 listed building. Visitors are highly recommended to take a tour up the tower, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city and beyond. Since 2010 the Cathedral has established a highly interesting education gallery, which also features a refectory so you can enjoy a drink and bite to eat after exploring this magnificent building. For evening entertainment a popular venue is the Norwich Theatre Royal, a building with great character and a superb central location, within walking distance from a number of shops and restaurants that you may wish to visit prior to the show beginning. In the city centre you will find a number of traditional coffee shops and cafes, ideal for a light lunch as you explore the sights, whilst for a bigger meal you will find a host of restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines to suit your preferences. A particularly popular venue for dining is the River Green Café, which specialises in vegetarian and vegan dining and is well worth a visit.
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