Discover this historic cathedral city
The beautiful and historic city of Norwich, the capital of the county of Norfolk in east England, has much to recommend it. Dominated by a magnificent Anglo-Norman cathedral built in 1096, Norwich is a pleasing jumble of historic and modern architecture, its shopping streets and open squares revealing museums, medieval churches, public gardens and other attractions seemingly at every turn. Deceptively compact, Norwich is both delightful and rewarding to explore on foot.
Following the departure of the Romans from their nearby town of Venta Icenorum in the fifth century, Anglo-Saxons founded a settlement called Northwic on the site of the modern city. By the ninth century the town had become an established centre of trade and commerce, minting its own coins. The Norman conquest of 1066 further shaped Norwich, by now one of the largest cities in England, with invaders adding a castle, a new borough and the cathedral to the city. From the Middle Ages onward a booming wool and textile industry brought prosperity which contributed to Norwich's establishment as a city of culture and recreation.
In modern times Norwich's economy derives from the service industries, although the city remains famous for shoemaking and mustard production. Today, this vibrant university town effortlessly blends history, culture and a wealth of modern attractions, entertainments and shops to create a city that truly provides something for every visitor to enjoy.