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Norwich on a Budget

11 September 2018 | Stephanie Brandhuber

Norwich is known for being the UK’s most complete medieval city, but it also has a flourishing music, arts, and cultural scene, bringing together the richness of its past with the innovation and spirit of its people today. Clearly, there’s more to this East Anglian city than just Alan Partridge! Norwich was also England’s first ever UNESCO City of Literature, proving that along every winding street you explore, there’s a story to be told. It’s time you make your own Norwich story by taking a day-trip to this gorgeous city, and we’re here to show you how for under £20.

10am - Norwich Cathedral (Free)
There’s no better way to start your day out in Norwich than by visiting its most impressive landmark. Norwich Cathedral was built in 1096, and has managed to preserve its Norman features better than any other church in the UK. The cathedral’s most striking feature is its 315-foot barbed spire, which is the highest in England except for Salisbury’s. Other highlights include the cathedral’s magnificent ceiling with fine lierne vaulting, its large cloisters, and the Hostry, which boasts many modern features, including a high-tech display that takes visitors on a journey through the cathedral’s fascinating history.

Image Credit: Michael Board via Flickr
Norwich Cathedral is located at 65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH.
11am - Stranger’s Hall (Free)
Take a step back in time with a visit to Stranger’s Hall, a beautifully preserved medieval merchant’s house that explores domestic life from the Tudor period to the Victorian era. Stranger’s Hall, dating back to 1320, is one of Norwich’s most historic buildings, and was the home to many of the city’s most notable citizens. Wander through the house’s maze of passages and inter-linked rooms and explore the beautiful period settings of the Tudor Great Hall, the Georgian Dining Room, and the impressive stone-vaulted undercroft.

Image Credit: Brian Peacock via Flickr
Stranger’s Hall is located at 4 Charing Cross, Norwich NR2 4AL.
1pm - Lunch at Timberhill Bakery (From £5.35)
After soaking up some of the city’s rich history and wandering around its enchanting streets, it’s definitely time to rest your feet and fuel up on a delicious lunch. Stop by Timberhill Bakery, a smart, independent bakery, with some of finest fresh bread in town. The folks at Timberhill make their bread from scratch every day and create some of the most delicious artisanal sandwiches you’ll have the pleasure of eating. Choose from a delectable selection of homemade tartines, sourdough toasties, cakes, and more, all made with locally sourced, organic ingredients.

Image Credit: Timberhill Bakery via Facebook
Timberhill Bakery is located 27-, 29 Timber Hill, Norwich NR1 3LA.
2pm - Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell (Free)
After lunch, head over to the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, but be sure to be on your best behaviour! The 14th Century Bridewell was once a house of correction and acted as a “prison for women, beggars and tramps.” Today, the museum chronicles the city’s story from the medieval ages up to the modern day, focusing on the stories of Norwich’s people and industries over the years. Ten galleries over two floors will take you on a journey through this city’s past, from being a leader in the textile trade, to its production of shoes, chocolate, and mustard. There’s no better place to really immerse yourself in the city’s rich history, and with plenty of interactive and engaging displays on offer, you’ll truly see the past come to life thanks to this wonderful museum.

Image Credit: Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell via Facebook
Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is located at 9 Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ.
4pm - The Forum (Free)
While Norwich’s many historic sites offer a fascinating glimpse into how the city once was, it’s time to soak up some contemporary culture, so head over to The Forum, one of Norwich’s most iconic landmarks and most beloved community buildings. Open to the public seven days a week, The Forum offers an ever-changing, year-round program of events, including art exhibitions, music, dance performances and crafts fairs. There’s always something on at The Forum, whether you’re seeking arts and culture for yourself or entertainment for the kids.

Image Credit: The Forum, Norwich via Facebook
The Forum is located The Forum, Bethel St, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1BH.
6pm - Dinner at Brick Pizza (From £7)
There’s nothing more satisfying than ending your day with a big, cheesy pizza, and if you’re looking for scrumptious comfort food on a budget, Brick Pizza is the place for you. This popular restaurant’s motto is “proper pizza, made with proper ingredients”, and they definitely don’t disappoint on this promise. The ingredients Brick Pizza uses are locally sourced, and the simplicity of their menu means that they perfectly execute each and every one of their dishes. This is truly “proper pizza”, so, if you’re after an authentic Italian in Norwich, look no further than this friendly, pizzeria.

Image Credit: Brick Pizza via Facebook
Brick Pizza is located at 39 Market Pl, Norwich NR2 1ND.
Aha! There we have it, a beautiful day out in Norwich for just £12.35. It’s about time you explore it for yourself.

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