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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

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Address: Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1603 629127
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Description: The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell proudly tells the story of the city...
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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Eclectic mix of Norwich's past

This museum provided an interesting insight into Norwich's past ideal for a quick visit but could easily have spend longer. The gaol was interesting and the range of items and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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Shropshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This museum provided an interesting insight into Norwich's past ideal for a quick visit but could easily have spend longer. The gaol was interesting and the range of items and exhibits were diverse and informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Lived in Norwich my whole life and never stepped inside a museum apart from the castle and i was pleasantly surprised with this museum. Learnt a lot about Norwich which i did not already know and set myself the challenge of looking inside every drawer! A decent couple hours out and a great bargain if you go in an hour... More 

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Tunbridge Wells
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Having a little spare time, I decided to visit this museum and was glad I did. It offers a potted history of Norwich and many well-displayed artifacts, together with audio and video information and some inter-active facilities, the latter good for children in particular. The displays dealing with locally-manufactured items (such as shoes and mustard) were particularly good, and the... More 

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Portsmouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Cost is £5.20 per adult and worth every penny! Lots to see and provided you read some of the signage you will get a lot out of it. We were in there for over an hour. When we left, we felt as though we had a good basic understanding of the history of Norwich. Really enjoyable.

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Norwich
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This museum was a favorite with my children for many years - it closed for a couple of years and when it surfaced again it had lots more stainless steel and perspex but was nothing like as good as it had been previously. I don't honestly know how a council can squander so much time and money on a project... More 

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

Hi, we're really sorry you feel the museum has not been improved. We're really enthusiastic about the changes made as part of our re display and would happily chat to you about the project if you would like to make a return visit. Do get in touch with us directly if you'd like to take up the offer. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We recently visited the bridewell museum with friends. Even though we are local we hadn't been before. I was pleasantly surprised. It was fun and very interesting. All 6 children ranging from 3 to 12years. Never said they were bored once. I would certainly recommend.

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

Thank you for your review; glad we had something to interest everyone, we have lots of activities aimed at families coming up over the summer, so keep an eye on our webpage, and Facebook page for more information. thanks again More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An extensive collection of materials and explanatory materials about the history of Norwich and its people from pre-Roman times to today. Lots of interest for adults and children 8+

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Local museum with a fine selection of archaic exhibits. A must see for all tourists to Norwich. Follows Norwich's old industries closely

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I found this to be a really interesting museum and felt so informed after leaving. It was great knowing more about Norwich, its industrial history and the history of the people who came to Norwich to live. I spent a couple of hours here and definitely could go again. It was a really reasonable priced museum for the length of... More 

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

Thank you for your review; glad to hear you felt we are value for money - and yes, you're right you can visit for the last hour (3.30pm onwards) for just £1.00 More 

Fakenham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I visited the Bridewell one day when I was in the City by myself, just after the revamp. I was really interested and spend ages in there. It was a quiet day and I was able to browse freely. Will go again in compan y with my husband who spend his childhood and teenage years in Norwich. I know he... More 

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Address: Bridewell Alley, Norwich NR2 1AQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1603 629127
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich

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