For a short getaway weekend my boyfriend and I decided to venture eastwards in Uk to the charming city of Norwich. Norwich It is the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk and back to the 11th Century was second only to London of importance.
As soon as I arrived it didn’t take me long to notice how different the pace to London was. People seemed to prefer long walks over public transport and cars and also seemed to be more relaxed overall.
The top tourist attraction is the Norwich Cathedral . This 900-year old Norman cathedral, originally Catholic, is definitely worth a visit. The church is now a Church of England, and is one of 12 Norwich heritage sites.
The cathedral had also once been voted Norfolk’s favourite building, this is probably due to the unique feeling that the mix of Gothic and Roman architecture give to the viewer. Not everyone knows that the most eye-catching feature of the cathedral is the shiny copper vat in the nave. This is the Rowntree Font, once used in the company’s chocolate factory.
Another must see landmark, also one of the 12 heritage sites, is the Norwich Castle. The Castle was founded by William the Conqueror between 1066 and 1075, and then rebuilt over the time. Nowadays, you’ll find a museum and a gallery inside of it.
And I could go ahead with a long list of cathedrals as Norwich has more than 32 medieval churches. During the middle ages, though, there were actually 57 churches within the city wall.
Interesting facts about Norwich
Apparently the City is launching a bid to be recognised as a Unesco City of literature, which means that if successful it will become the world’s fourth City of Literature (joining Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa). Also, Sixteen Revelations Of Divine Love by Dame Julian of Norwich, written around the 1393, is thought to have been the first book in English written by a woman.
Things to eat in Norwich
Being in Norfolk, Norwich is the home of the Cromer Crab: a fresh brown crab which you can find in salads, sandwiches, dressed or in their shells. These crabs are known to slowly grow on the chalk reef just off the coast, this is why they’re very sweet and tender.
Very tempting. However, we decided to go for a steak instead (can’t lose) and we ended up finding a hidden gem in the middle of the boho side of town: The Bycicle Shop Café.
As odd as it may sounds I didn’t go in there to buy a bike (which I just have and am super excited about! Just FYI.), but they offered a delicious selection of food and wine instead.
The decor is quirky and vintage and the food is really good and at a decent price. Another win for the Norwich experience!
At the end I must admit that Norwich has definitely passed my getaway weekend test!