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Ranked #1 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: The gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage are one of the most exciting surprises in the county, who would expect to find a... more » Owner description: The gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage are one of the most exciting surprises in the county, who would expect to find a verdant, sheltered garden in the prairie landscape that is north east Norfolk? Enter the garden and you are worlds away from the local landscape for here there are many gardens within the whole including a new Walled Garden, Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, Mediterranean Garden and a stunning Desert inspired by the landscape of Arizona. These areas are connected by magical avenues and areas of informal planting with some places allowed to be wildlife friendly which includes a stunning Corn Field that contains the corn field weeds of yesteryear and has been known to move visitors to tears. Wild Flower meadows lead down to ponds full to bursting with the sights and sounds of nature giving way to rolling lawns all enclosed by tall sheltering trees and hedges for because of its coastal situation this is an inward looking garden. But, the views out are both stunning and amusing, a port hole cut in the hedge allows tantalizing glimpses of the Happisburgh lighthouse one mile away whilst other highlights are the views of both St. Mary’s churches at East Ruston and Happisburgh. Overall there is a feeling that this garden is exceedingly well designed; there is incredible use of colour, an exuberance of planting making it a very special experience, this garden has that certain je nais se quoi that is sadly lacking in most modern gardens today. There is a well equipped tea room serving delicious locally produced refreshments and a nursery selling many of the rare and unusual plants found growing in the garden. « less
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Ranked #2 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: “Norfolk’s favourite building”Founded in 1096 and built using Normandy stone shipped from Caen, Norwich Cathedral is set in... more » Owner description: “Norfolk’s favourite building”Founded in 1096 and built using Normandy stone shipped from Caen, Norwich Cathedral is set in the 44 acre Cathedral Close, a peaceful city centre sanctuary.The Cathedral itself is one of the finest complete Romanesque buildings in Europe, with the highest Norman tower and largest monastic cloisters in England. Inside, the Cathedral tells almost 1000 years of history, with our enthusiastic volunteers on hand to talk you through the incredible stories of its past.There is more to see at Norwich Cathedral than you think. Our award-winning 21st century Refectory restaurant is open seven days a week, as is the Hostry which features a rolling programme of exhibitions, many of them featuring local artists.You can also experience the tranquillity of our expansive Library, Herb Garden or Japanese Garden, as well as guided tours of the building throughout the week.Afterwards, feel free to explore the lanes of the Cathedral Close, a quaint village just minutes from the bustling city centre, and stop for a picnic on one of our many well kept greens. Norwich Cathedral is a living centre for worship, learning and hospitality, extending a warm welcome to all our visitors from Norfolk and beyond.Part of the Norwich 12 - An initiative of Norwich Heritage, Economic & Regeneration Trust. « less
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Ranked #3 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: Air defence radar operations began at RAF Neatishead in 1942 and continued until 2004 when RAF Neatishead ceased operations... more » Owner description: Air defence radar operations began at RAF Neatishead in 1942 and continued until 2004 when RAF Neatishead ceased operations and became Remote Radar Head (RRH) Neatishead. RRH Neatishead supplies engineering support to the radar at Trimingham. When operations at RAF Neatishead moved into the underground bunker in 1995, the Operations Room was left intact and it eventually became the centre piece of the ADRM. The museum has expanded considerably since its inception and the most common observation of the visitors is that they wished they had scheduled more time for their visit. There is so much to see, including presentations on the part radar played in the Battle of Britain, night fighter operations, the history of radar, Space Defence and the Coltishall rooms. Now visitors can see the once Secret Cold War Operations Room and have its secrets explained in detail. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the guided tours during which the Volunteer Guides tell the story and add a personal touch to the experience. « less
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Ranked #4 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums; Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Ranked #5 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Owner description: Central Norwich premier theatre presenting musicals, drama, dance, opera, comedy and concerts. Professional shows are... more » Owner description: Central Norwich premier theatre presenting musicals, drama, dance, opera, comedy and concerts. Professional shows are brought to Norwich direct from London's West End or as part of their national and international tours. Our bars and restaurant offer a wide selection of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. Open from 9.30am Monday to Saturday, visitors are welcome to call in for coffee and cake or a bite to eat at lunchtime. Pre-show meals are available from 5pm in both the restaurant and the Adnams Circle Bar. Norwich Theatre Royal is fully accessible and family friendly. « less
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Ranked #6 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #7 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: If you have never visited the Cathedral of St John the Baptist – now’s the time! The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is the... more » Owner description: If you have never visited the Cathedral of St John the Baptist – now’s the time! The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the UK. After nearly a century as the parish church of the Catholic community in Norwich it became the mother church of the new diocese of East Anglia in 1976. Now a Grade 1 listed building, its external grandeur and magnificent interior, especially the fine stonework and beautiful stained glass, make it well worth a visit for those interested in religious, spiritual or architectural history. You can even take tours up the tower, and see the wonderful views of Norwich and beyond. Since the opening of the Narthex in May 2010, the Cathedral also has an education gallery, a shop, a refectory and a community garden. Not only is the Cathedral an inspiring setting, but it is also a wonderful place to relax. Open seven days a week – 7.30am – 7.30pm. Entrance is FREE. Part of Norwich 12 - an initiative of Norwich Heritage, Economic & Regeneration Trust. « less
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Ranked #8 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #10 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Museums; Cultural
Owner description: Built as a Norman Royal Palace and once a prison, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is packed with treasures, including... more » Owner description: Built as a Norman Royal Palace and once a prison, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is packed with treasures, including fabulous fine art, archaeology, an Ancient Egypt gallery, and natural history. Find out about the Castle's own history in our awe-inspiring Castle Keep. « less
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Ranked #11 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #12 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #13 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #14 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Three acres of gardens laid out at the end of the 19th century.
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Ranked #15 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Parks; Outdoors

 Eaton Park is near the University of East Anglia in Norwich close to the A11 London Road. This park is full of nostalgia with its central dome building with cafe and changing... more »

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Ranked #16 of 76 attractions in Norwich
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Ranked #17 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Architectural Buildings; Educational Sites; Libraries; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: The Forum, Norwich, is one landmark destination with a unique mix of community resources, visitor experiences and conference,... more » Owner description: The Forum, Norwich, is one landmark destination with a unique mix of community resources, visitor experiences and conference, meeting and event facilities.Attracting over 2.5 million people each year, The Forum is home to an innovative programme of events and activities, many of which are free to enjoy. Inside The Forum, DON'T MISS Fusion, Europe's largest permanent digital gallery, which is free to enter. You can join a BBC Tour and go behind the scenes at the region's BBC TV and radio studios.You will also find the Millennium Library, two restaurants including PizzaExpress and a range of further education and advice services. Norwich Tourist Information Centre is also located at The Forum.Outside The Forum, Millennium Plain, Theatre Plain and The Forum Amphitheatre, host a year-round programme of community activities and popular events which lend The Forum a distinctly European atmosphere. The Forum's stunning open spaces and digital facilities are also available for hire by business and organisations looking for conference, meeting and training venues with a difference. « less
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Ranked #18 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum where you can see outstanding art for free. The... more » Owner description: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum where you can see outstanding art for free. The Centre, which opened in 1978 to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, is a world-class building designed by Norman Foster, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. « less
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Ranked #19 of 76 attractions in Norwich
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Ranked #20 of 76 attractions in Norwich
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Ranked #21 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: This is an awe-inspiring region of interconnected waterways and lakes, which offers a wide variety of outdoor activities... more » Owner description: This is an awe-inspiring region of interconnected waterways and lakes, which offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including boating, river cruises and an abundance of wildlife and scenery. « less
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Ranked #22 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Historic Sites; Neighborhoods; Cultural
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Ranked #23 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Educational Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural

 Not all universities warrant the listing as a significant attraction, but the campus of the University of East Anglia certainly does. It is set in large parkland on the banks of... more »

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Ranked #24 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #25 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #26 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #27 of 76 attractions in Norwich
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #28 of 76 attractions in Norwich
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Ranked #29 of 76 attractions in Norwich
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Ranked #30 of 76 attractions in Norwich
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