As the consolidating centre point and county town of Norfolk, the quaint city of Norwich has a unique attitude which draws people in nationwide. Knitted together by a safe and vibrant community, Norwich has been voted both one of the best places to grow up and to grow old in the UK.
Known as the city of stories, here are just some of the things on offer for older people visiting or living in Norwich.
1. Norwich Cathedral
Construction of Norwich Cathedral began in 1096 under Norman reign. The building displays fine examples of Romanesque architecture and has the title of the most complete Norman cathedral in the UK. With excellent access for all, the cathedral is the perfect place to wonder around or drop by for one of the many daily services.
In the centre of the green, bordered by the cloisters, you will find a labyrinth which was designed for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Alternatively, you can explore the immediately surrounding picturesque neighbourhoods of The Close and the Cathedral Quarters, not missing the charming historic St Ethelbert's Gate.
2. Travel by Steam
Norwich is a convenient hub from which to explore the scenic landscapes and quaint towns of Norfolk. What better way than to roll through than in old-fashioned steam-powered style. There are that showcase different areas of Norfolk, some popular ones being the Poppy Line and the Bure Valley Railway.
3. Embrace the City of Literature
In 2012 Norwich became a UNESCO City of Literature for being a creative city that nurtured ideas and writing. For example, Julian of Norwich was the first woman to be published in English.
It also hosts the oldest performance-packed city arts festival in the country that you can attend on a visit in May. Alternatively, you can visit the Forum, which houses the Millennium Library along with some free events and exhibitions.
4. Norwich Market
Norwich Market’s iconic, brightly coloured covers shelter around 200 permanent stalls, which combined, present the UK’s biggest and best outdoor market. It has marked the centre of the city since the 11th century.
Adopting slight changes over time, you can now spend an afternoon between Monday - Saturday browsing the stalls for food, clothes and more from across the globe.
5. The Norfolk Broads
It's hard to mention Norfolk without acknowledging the man-made network of waterways that make up the Broads National Park. Here, there are more waterways than Amsterdam. Hiring a boat to spend a few days relaxing and navigating the waterways is the perfect way to soak up the scenery of this outstanding area of natural beauty.
6. Norwich Castle & City Walls
Parts of the medieval city walls that encompassed the city are still in existence today, with various pretty gates and towers along the way. There are a Norwich Castle Museum to learn more about the city’s history, alongside other exhibits. that take you to different sections of the remaining walls, or to avoid all that walking, take a close up look at
7. Hoveton Hall
Norfolk is known for an abundance of beautiful countryside and stately homes. Of course, you have to travel out of the city to find most. However, Hoveton Hall Estate is right on Norwich's doorstep and offers a glimpse into the past. The grounds consist of breathtaking gardens, a 19th century Iron glasshouse, a cafe, and the hall itself among other buildings.
Simply enjoy the nature and coordinate your trip to catch one of their many events including outdoor theatre. Alternatively, you can within the estate so you have longer to soak it all in.
8. Norwich Lanes
Adding to the curious character of the city is a shopping area known as the They're filled with fascinating medieval architecture, pedestrianised cobbled streets and over 300 independent shops and eateries. This really is a shopping wonderland to get lost in.
With so much choice, you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir and a good spot for breakfast, dinner or anything in between.
9. Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal continues to entertain the people of Norwich, 250 years since its creation. It started its life as a pub turned playhouse in 1731. Join the 400,000 annual viewers and catch one of the many performances in the heart of the city.
10. The Cozy Club
The Cozy Club restaurant moved into old National Provincial Building this year. The iconic old bank building, including an elaborate clock tower, was most recently inhabited by Natwest.
The historic building is aptly decorated with period features. Meanwhile the restaurant serves delicious, economic meals for a range of diets. There is also an extensive drinks menu. This makes it a splendid spot to wind down, refuel or catch up.
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