Lots of people like to go out and about when they have time off work, it’s nice to go somewhere different and explore your own country. I live in England and have visited many interesting destinations before from cities, to the countryside, and everything in between. It is pretty cool being able to jump in the car and go on a road trip somewhere new. However, if you are looking for a day out, you don’t have to travel far. Think about where you live, is there somewhere local you can visit? Yes, there is!
I live in the county of Norfolk, the city closest to me is Norwich. I go to Norwich about once a month to go shopping, or to go to the cinema. It dawned on me one day, there is a lot more to Norwich than that: it is easy to become blind to your surroundings and take things for granted. I have visited the tourist attractions in Norwich before years ago, so it was nice to discover them again.
I have been to the cathedral before on a school trip (several years ago now!), but I didn’t really appreciate it at the time. You don’t have to be religious to visit a cathedral, it’s nice to go and appreciate the architecture and make it part of your day out. I spent about an hour here; I enjoyed my time taking pictures, and had a sit down to have a rest. I visited one Saturday morning, so it was nice and quiet when I went. It is free to enter, however, it is nice to leave a donation- on the website it says it costs £4,000 a day to run the cathedral! Construction started in 1096 and was completed in 1145. If you would like to learn more about the cathedral, you can visit the website here.
Norwich Castle Museum
Norwich castle is as much as a museum as it is a castle, hence the name. The castle was designed more for habitation than for fortification, the stone keep was built between 1095 and 1110. Once you enter the castle, you will walk into the keep where you can start exploring- there is a lot to see! I didn’t realise at the time, you can pay extra and have a tour of the dungeons, I think this would have been very interesting. The museum has artifacts from the castle and the time period. There are also Egyptian, Natural History, decorative arts etc displays.
If you would like more information on the castle, you can find the website here. You of course have to pay to enter the castle, but it is a great day out if you walk around the gardens as well.
Finding Quiet In The City
When you think of cities, you picture lots of tall buildings, shops and cars everywhere, not anywhere quiet and relaxing. However, you can find quiet in a city if you look for it. If you live in Norwich, or if you are just visiting, you don’t have to look far.
One of my favourite things to do in Norwich is to visit one of the many parks, Eaton Park is one of my favourites. I went to Eaton Park a few weeks ago for a relaxing stroll, I wrote a blog post about it here if you’d like to find out about it. There is a river running through Norwich, so it’s nice to go for a walk along the river and follow the circular route. If you don’t want to visit the castle or cathedral, you can walk around the grounds for free.
If you are having a shopping day in Norwich, it’s worthwhile to have a look around the market. The market has almost 200 stalls making it one of the largest outdoor markets in the country, it is also one of the oldest- pretty impressive! You can visit Monday-Saturday to find stalls selling hot food and drink, flowers, household items, health and beauty items, gift cards, clothing etc.
Another iconic shopping destination in Norwich is the Royal Arcade. It is a roofed shopping street featuring iconic shops as iconic as the street itself: you will find independent shops here, and the Colman’s mustard shop. There are also super cute cafe’s and a Jamie’s Italian.
There is a building called The Forum in Norwich which is a stand-out building in itself. It is a public library that was opened in 2001 as a millennium project- it has been very successful. The Forum also hosts free events, exhibitions and learning opportunities.
I hope you have enjoyed this post! I love Norwich because there is so much to do, and it’s just such a lovely historic city. Have you been to Norwich before? Have you been a tourist in your own city before? What is your favourite city?