The Verdant Vivacity of Norwich
The beautiful and verdant area of Norwich bursts with natural wonders, vibrant culture and seaside splendour. Norwich gives visitors wonderful opportunities to explore the historical heritage of the area, absorb some of the cosmopolitan culture and majestic architecture of this charming and convivial city.
Medieval Majesty of the City Centre
Norwich city centre is home to a magnificent myriad of architecture dating back to the medieval era. Begin your historical adventure with a visit to The Dragon Hall, a Grade 1 listed medieval building that originated in 1430. The building is renowned for its spectacular Great Hall, in which intricate carvings of mythical dragons adorn the walls. Norwich is a city privileged enough to boast not one, but two glorious cathedrals; Norwich Cathedral is the epitome of Romanesque splendour with its prismatic stained glass windows and interminable ceilings, and also holds the accolade of having the second highest spire in England. St. John Baptist Cathedral, on the other hand, is a fine example of Victorian Gothic revival architecture and boasts sheltered cathedral gardens perfect for resting and rejuvenating within. The Garden Café serves a delectable selection of sandwiches, soups and salads from within a picturesque pocket of the gardens, so ensure you stop by for a refreshing cup of aromatic English tea. Delve deeper into the city's history at the Museum of Norwich, which tells the city's captivating story from its Medieval conception to the modern day through interactive exhibitions.
A Shopper's Paradise
After an intriguing morning of historical enrichment, indulge in some retail therapy with a visit to Norwich's flagship independent department store, Jarrolds, which has won the highest accolade of best UK department store twice before; the contemporary selection of products ranges from fashion to furniture and make up to mosaics. Marvel at the magnificence of the modern art scene at the iconic Centre for Visual Arts; the building is set beside the river in a dynamic development and features spectacular outdoor art pieces by Henry Moore and a glittering array of modern art by seminal artists such as Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon. Next, escape the cosmopolitan chaos of the city centre for an hour of tranquillity in Norwich's best kept secret, Plantation Gardens. The stunning gardens are located only 600m from the city centre and feature splendid fountains, Mediaeval terrace walls, woodland walkways and rustic bridges.
The Star of the Gastronomical Scene
Due to the cosmopolitan conviviality and rich traditions of the city, Norwich's gastronomical scene thrives with explosive flavours and innovative cooking techniques. A refined restaurant that knowledgeable locals hail as having the finest cuisine in the area is St. Benedict's Restaurant. Renowned for the head chef's unbridled passion for fine dining, the restaurant serves locally sourced specialities which include double baked cheese soufflé, new season asparagus and 20 hour cooked brisket of beef with red wine and shallot sauce. The genial atmosphere of the restaurant is reflective of satisfaction of happy customers, and visitors are guaranteed to want to linger longer to enjoy a bottle of fine French wine.