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The History of Norwich, England

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From dinosaurs to explorers to wars, here's what five local experts had to say about the history of Norwich, England.

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Norwich is a wonderful place. It is steeped in history, and for a time it was considered the second city of England behind London. This history is readily visible by way of the tens of cathedrals that can be found in all corners of Norwich. Equally, among the 100s of pubs in Norwich are some which date from the 1100s.

Norwich is a cultural gem. From the cathedral to Elizabethan thatched cottages, a visitor will see historical buildings on every street. The people of Norwich value the arts. Visitors and citizens alike enjoy the many small galleries, regular exhibitions and thriving theatres, and many pubs offering live music.

Marielle, says: 2020

Norwich is a historic city, in the eastern county of Norfolk. There are two cathedrals here – which is rare for any city – although one is much more famous and more frequently visited than the other. The compact centre of the city contains the oldest covered market in the country, and a fine castle, two shopping malls and many other, local, shops. At one time, although many have now been closed or converted, there were 52 churches (one for every Sunday) and 365 pubs (for daily of the year!). A number of famous people have lived in or around Norwich, including the wonderfully intelligent and humorous Stephen Fry, and the famous chef and restaurateur Delia Smith. The fantastic, long, wide, sandy beaches of Norfolk are all very accessible, as are many historic properties – including the Sandringham Estate where the Queen and her family often reside. Whilst transport to the north of England is a little cumbersome, there is good and easy transport by road and rail to London, and Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.

Anyone moving to Norwich ought to know it is both a quiet and a vibrant city. Set in the East of England, and capital of the agricultural county of Norfolk, Norwich is one of the U. K. ‘s most acclaimed medieval cities. It has over 30 complete medieval buildings; churches, ferries, a stunning cathedral and even a castle. Despite its rich history Norwich is also bustling with vibrant modern life; it is full of shops, restaurants and pubs that will charm anyone who fancies a visit.

Melanie, says: 2020

It is packed full of history and culture, incredible views and ancient architecture and, above all else, is a quiet corner in the East of England far from the hustle and bustle that makes other cities so intimidating. It’s the perfect city to relax and enjoy, and take in its past.

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