Tombland & Elm Hill


Leafy Tombland, near Norwich Cathedral, is where the city's market was originally located ('tomb' is an old Norse word for empty, hence there being space for a market). From there, follow Princes St to reach Elm Hill, Norwich's prettiest street, with its medieval cobblestones, crooked timber beams and doors, intriguing shops and tucked-away cafes.

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1. Norwich Cathedral

0.11 MILES

Norwich's most impressive landmark is a magnificent Anglican cathedral. Its barbed spire soars higher than any in England except Salisbury's, while the…

2. Museum of Norwich

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Stay on your best behaviour: 14th-century Bridewell is a former house of correction, a 'prison for women, beggars and tramps'. Displays here explore…

3. Norwich Castle

0.19 MILES

Crowning a hilltop overlooking central Norwich, this massive 12th-century castle is one of England’s best-preserved examples of Anglo-Norman military…

4. Dragon Hall

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Dating from 1430, Dragon Hall is a medieval trading hall – the only building of its kind to have belonged to one man, Robert Toppes, rather than a guild,…

5. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts


The region's most important centre for the arts is housed in the first major public building by renowned architect Norman Foster. Its eclectic collections…

6. St Helen's

8.47 MILES

Known locally as the 'Cathedral of the Broads', this 14th-century church dominates the pretty village of Ranworth. Inside there's a magnificent painted…

7. Toad Hole Cottage

10.65 MILES

This tiny cottage was home to an eel-catcher and his family and is restored in period style, showing how they lived and the tools they used to work the…

8. Bure Valley Steam Railway

11.23 MILES

This narrow-gauge steam train runs between Aylsham and Wroxham and is an ideal way to see some hidden parts of the Broads. Trains operate different…