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Be A Tourist In Your Own City: Norwich

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!

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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.


Norwich Cathedral

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.

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Approaching the cathedral
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Impressive organ

 

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Pretty flower arrangement and beautiful stained glass window
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Amazing architecture

 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.

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Castle on the hill
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The original well and arrowslit
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Items of old clothing in the museum and art gallery
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Taxidermy and rock samples in the museum
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Entrance of the castle

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.

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Walking around Eaton Park

 

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The castle gardens
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The river and the castle gardens
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Walking along the river

Other Landmarks

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.

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The colourful market stalls with the castle in the background
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The Royal Arcade and the town hall with the forum in the background

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?


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21 thoughts on “Be A Tourist In Your Own City: Norwich

  1. I hhaven’t been to Norwich as an adult, although we did go for a holiday in Norfolk when I was a child. Thanks for showing us round your city! And I think you’re right – I saw more of London when I was being a tourist for the day with friends from other parts of the world than at any other time, even though I lived and worked there for years. I kept meaning to do and see things, and it was only when I had guests to entertain that I ever got round to it!

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  2. I love visiting all these places. It’s great to read others posts and see photos of a city I know so well! You see things from a different perspective. I have to recommend Marmalade a cafe situated in the Royal Arcade!

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  3. I always love the idea of exploring your own area so I really like this post. 🙂 It’s funny with historical sites like cathedrals. We all have to visit them when we’re kids, but we only appreciate them later!

    Norwich looks like a really pleasant place for a wander.

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  4. Beautiful sacred space. Gorgeous pics 💖 I have never been to Norwich, but it’s on my “to go” list. I have taken friends out in NYC and toured them around the city and it gives me a great appreciation of where I live. My favorite city is Tokyo. I am obsessed with their beauty products. xx

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  5. I love the idea of being a tourist in your own city 🙂 I’ve done that once and enjoyed it thoroughly!

    Your pictures are splendid! Aren’t cathedrals the best? Such imposing and magnificent structures 🙂

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  6. Norwich looks lovely. I don’t know it very well (have only been very briefly for meetings), but you’ve done it a good service here with your post. I’m from Oxford (but live in Yorkshire now), and keep on meaning to visit it as a tourist so I can show it off to my daughter. Your post has inspired me to actually do this!

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  7. I love the idea of exploring the nooks and crannies of your own town that you would normally avoid because of… well, tourists! I used to live in a small town with a cathedral too, so these pictures brought back lots of lovely memories! What a gorgeous sunny day too xx

    Janelle | thenellybean.com

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