Museum Tour in Norwich, Norwich (Self Guided)

Norwich is a large, wonderful city in England with many fascinating points of interest. If you want to know more about English culture and history, be sure to check out the following tour of Norwich’s most impressive museums.
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Museum Tour in Norwich Map

Guide Name: Museum Tour in Norwich
Guide Location: England » Norwich (See other walking tours in Norwich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: Maia
Dragon Hall

1) Dragon Hall (must see)

Dragon Hall is a Grade 1 listed medieval merchant's trading hall located in King Street, Norfolk close to the River Wensum. The Great Hall was built between 1427 and 1430, but some parts of the site, such as the undercroft, are older. Archaeological research has shown evidence of 1,000 years of human habitation on the site.

Dragon Hall was built by a merchant called Robert Toppes as the hub of his international trading empire. The Great Hall is the centre piece of the site with its magnificent crown post roof which contains an intricately carved dragon on one of the spandrels, which gives the building its name. This was where Toppes displayed goods from home and abroad to other English and European merchants. Dragon Hall is unique because it is the only known surviving building of its type built by one man for his own use rather than by a Guild. The building operated as a showroom and warehouse for about 30 years. Dragon Hall is managed by a small team of staff and relies on the support of a large body of volunteers. It operates as a heritage museum and is also a venue for all sorts of community, cultural,and learning activities such as weddings, parties, theatre and music, markets, school visits and workshops.

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Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

2) Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (must see)

Norwich Castle is a medieval royal fortification that was founded in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest of England when William the Conqueror (1066–1087) ordered its construction because he wished to have a fortified place in the important city of Norwich. It proved to be his only castle in East Anglia. It is one of the Norwich 12 heritage sites. The castle remains a museum and art gallery today and still contains many of its first exhibits, as well as many more recent ones.

Two galleries feature the museum's decorative art collections, including costume, textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and silverware, and a large display of ceramic teapots. Other gallery themes include Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, Queen Boudica and the Iceni tribe, Ancient Egypt, and natural history. The fine art galleries include works from the 17th to 20th centuries, and include English watercolor paintings, Dutch landscapes and modern British paintings. G. T. Clark, a 19th-century antiquary and engineer, described Norwich's great tower as "the most highly ornamented keep in England". It was faced with Caen stone over a flint core. The keep is some 95 ft (29 m) by 90 ft (27 m) and 70 ft (21 m) high, and is of the hall-keep type, entered at first floor level through an external structure called the Bigod Tower.

Operation hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 4.30 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 4.30 pm.

Open most Bank Holidays (hours as above) except 24, 25 and 26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

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Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum

3) Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum

Built in 1685, this museum is dedicated to the history of the county regiment, including the lives of soldiers, the World War, life in England and other historical facts. Its exhibitions include military equipment and other artifacts. A special tunnel will lead you to an exhibition of military memorabilia in this fascinating museum.
Strangers Hall Museum

4) Strangers Hall Museum (must see)

Erected in 1320 and one of the oldest and most fascinating buildings in the city, here guests can discover life from Tudor to Victorian times. Its wide variety of historic exhibitions are loaded with interesting information, including who the Strangers were.
The Amber Room Museum

5) The Amber Room Museum

This unique and fascinating museum exhibits beautiful vintage amber, including earrings, bracelets and amulets. From Baltic goods to items from all over the world, you will also have the opportunity to see exclusive Stone Age amber at this wonderful museum.
Inspire Discovery Centre

6) Inspire Discovery Centre

Located in the former St. Michael’s Church, Inspire Discovery Centre contains many interesting science exhibits, including ones on the subject of gravity, recycling and even giant bubbles, a favorite attraction for children. While having fun with various exhibits, guests also have the opportunity to learn at this fascinating museum.
John Jarrold Printing Museum

7) John Jarrold Printing Museum (must see)

Overlooking the riverfront, the John Jarrold Printing Museum, established in 1980, is located in the former St. James Mill building. It contains a vast collection of printing machines, lithographic hand presses and films about the history of printing. Fascinating information about the first printed book, the Gutenberg Bible, is also found here.

Walking Tours in Norwich, England

Create Your Own Walk in Norwich

Create Your Own Walk in Norwich

Creating your own self-guided walk in Norwich is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Norwich contains many prominent landmarks to be proud of, including a very famous theater, the Cow Tower, several parks and other interesting attractions. The following tour guide will lead you to some of Norwich’s most significant historic landmarks.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Norwich Religious Buildings Tour

Norwich Religious Buildings Tour

Containing a wide assortment of churches and cathedrals, Norwich has much to be proud of when it comes to its religious heritage. Each one is beautifully decorated and has its own story to tell. Check out Norwich’s most fascinating religious edifices in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Galleries Tour in Norwich

Galleries Tour in Norwich

Norwich is proud of its great number of cultural sites. Home to many art galleries, you can catch a glimpse of England’s rich artistic history here. Whether you wish to purchase a work of art or learn about its history, the following tour of Norwich’s best galleries will suit your desires.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Shopping Streets of Norwich

Shopping Streets of Norwich

Norwich is a wonderful city with streets containing many useful shops and street vendors. If you want to get a unique souvenir or walk down a beautiful street and buy some useful merchandise, take the following tour to discover Norwich’s most popular shopping.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Norwich for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Norwich has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Norwich, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.