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City: Norwich State: Channel Islands Country: United Kingdom
Norwich is a city in Norfolk, East Anglia which is in Eastern England. It is the regional administrative centre and county city of Norfolk. During the 11th century Norwich was the second largest city in England, after London, and one of the most important places in the kingdom. The suburban area expands far beyond its boundary, with extensive suburban areas outside the city on the western, northern and eastern sides, including Thorpe St. Andrew on the eastern side. Norwich is the fourth most densely populated Local Authority District within the East of England with 3,319 people per square kilometre (8,592 per square mile). Although Norwich has spread far beyond its original boundaries, those were impressive in their time - medieval walls (large sections survive) enclosed an area larger than the City of London. Wool brought wealth, allowing construction of many fine churches -Norwich has more medieval churches than anywhere in Western Europe north of the Alps. The wool trade also saw an influx of Walloons and Huguenots, remembered at the aptly named Strangers Hall, one of their first bases.The Industrial Revolution passed Norwich by, thanks to its remote East Anglian location. The centre was damaged by bombing in World War II but retains much of its former character. The castle is a dominant feature, and has been a museum since 1895. The cathedral, begun in the 11th century, dominates the city skyline -its spire is the second-tallest in England, after Salisbury. It also has England's only two-storey cloister and a thousand wonderful roof bosses.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: April to October
Directions | How to Reach
By Air: Norwich International Airport is a feeder to KLM's Schiphol hub. FlyBe, Eastern Airways, and Bristow Helicopters all serve Norwich, in addition to a strong holiday charter flight business.By Rail: Central trains run connecting services from the Midlands, North of England and Scotland via Peterborough. 'One' operates a direct service between Cambridge and NorwichBy Road: Major trunk roads to the Norwich area are the M11, A11, A12, A140 and A14 from London and the South East of England. Buses are easily available in the city.