Tour Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral, built by the Normans between 1096 and 1145, is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Norwich. Its unique soft creamy limestone exterior and the fine 96 meter spire, the second highest in England after Salisbury Cathedral, make it a captivating sight. The cathedral is also famous for its nesting peregrine falcons, which have become the city’s most talked-about residents. The Cathedral Quarter, with its well-preserved Norman character, is a delightful place to explore. Don’t forget to visit Tombland Alley and the idyllic Cathedral Close, home to historic buildings, including the medieval deanery.

Stroll Elm Hill

If you’re looking for a picturesque destination, don’t miss Elm Hill. This medieval cobbled street, located near the River Wensum, is lined with colorful and historic Tudor houses. Many of these houses have been converted into charming shops, restaurants, and cafes. Taking a leisurely walk along Elm Hill is one of the best free things to do in Norwich, offering a glimpse into the city’s rich history.

City Adventure

For families visiting Norwich, the Norwich Mystery Treasure Trail is a fun and educational activity. Download the trail from Treasure Trails and embark on a detective game where you solve clues to unravel the mystery of the stolen priceless statue from Norwich Cathedral grounds. The 1.5-mile trail takes you through Norwich Cathedral, Elm Hill, Tombland, and St. Andrews Street. Along the way, you’ll discover local landmarks and buildings while playing detective. Teenagers might enjoy the City Escape Games, a self-guided city adventure where they can solve cryptic puzzles using their phones.

King Street Quarter

King Street, one of the longest thoroughfares in Norwich, carries a rich historical significance. Initially associated with fishing and the riverside industry, the street grew as trade from the river increased. With more sailors visiting Norwich, numerous hostelries were established to accommodate them. Although only one of the original 58 pubs remains today, King Street still preserves its historic charm. Notable landmarks include the Music House, believed to be the oldest surviving house in the city, and the Grade One listed Dragon Hall, a restored medieval trading hall with a stunning timber crown-post roof and intricate dragon carvings. Dragon Hall currently serves as the National Centre for Writing, befitting Norwich’s status as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

Stroll & Paddle the River Wensum

Take a leisurely mile-long walk along the lush and tranquil river Wensum, starting just outside Norwich train station. This scenic route also marks the beginning of the Wherryman’s Way, one of the best walks in the Norfolk Broads. The path is lined with statuesque weeping willows, leading to picturesque Pull’s Ferry and the Red Lion pub, where you can stop for a refreshing drink and watch the resident kingfishers. Keep walking until you reach Cow Tower, one of England’s earliest artillery blockhouses dating back to 1398. Continue your journey to Riverside Park, where you can cut through the car park and reach Norwich Cathedral, passing by the Adam and Eve pub. If you prefer a water adventure, consider renting a paddle board or kayak from Norwich Paddleboard Hire and explore the river from a different perspective. Paddle upstream to admire the tranquil countryside or head south to explore Norwich city center, offering a fascinating view of the city.

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