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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Address: Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1603 629127
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Ranked #4 of 79 Attractions in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell proudly tells the story of the city and its people. The...
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell proudly tells the story of the city and its people. The museum is now fully accessible and refurbished after a £1.5m redevelopment project. Come pay us a visit! The ancient building is packed full of collections and displays, with lots to enjoy by all the family. Highlights include the last surviving Jacquard loom in the city, fully restored to full working order, a recreated chemist shop, countless fantastic shoes, as well as engineering marvels, such as the world's first wire netting machine. Catch a film in our mini cinema, relax in the 1950s living room or listen to local people sharing their memories of the city. Find us in the heart of the charming Norwich Lanes area. We would love to welcome you to this unique museum.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

excellent day very helpful friendly staff very well laid out mueums gd they have supplied a place in winter where you can eat lunch especially in winter, good day out.

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Norwich
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14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This museum is well worth a visit - in fact having spent an hour there we only covered about a quarter of it. A number of return trips will be necessary to see everything that the museum has to offer over the two floors . It details the history of Norwich with its main commerce in textiles; shoes; mustard and... More 

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Caister-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We took 60 year 1s last year and will take another 60 in february this year... They really enjoyed it, learned a lot and the staff could not do enough for us.

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely comments about our provision for school groups. We look forward to seeing you again in February! More 

Fortaleza, CE
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This museum brings much of Norwich history, its industries, commerce, culture etc. It's not big, but it's full of very interesting information about the city!

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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We visited this museum 1 one hour before closing time so we had a reduced price. In one hour we didn't have time to look at everything carefully, but despite that, we found this museum very interesting and I'll definitely go back with my friends and family!

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Could you think about a better way of understanding Norwich than understanding the people who live and lived here? Their ways of living and interests? The Bridewell will help you understand this, and discover many new things, alongside with the other Norwich museums (Castle/Strangers Hall…).

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thanks for your response, and glad you like the way we have used peoples stories to tell the story of the city. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
106 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This newly revamped museum was a pleasant treat to go around and see. Covering the extensive history of the city of Norwich and it’s people, the Bridewell’s exhibitions follow a chronological order, going from the middle ages through the industrial ages up to the middle decades of the past century. I particularly enjoyed the focus on the industrial era as... More 

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed and positive review. We really value your comments. More 

Alcester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Interactive, optimum size really enjoyabl well priced and staff at the reception very helpful would merit a return visit

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Norfolk
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A trip back into history and how trades and tools used in the past have evolved and even that some have their roots in the equipment used today. Very educational with polite staff to give explainations.

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MuseumofNorwich, Manager at Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and glad to see another thumbs up for our friendly staff. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

As someone who moved to live in Norwich and knew nothing about the area a walk around the Bridewell was interesting and it was nice to learn a bit about the city I had moved to.

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