When William the Conqueror arrived here in 1066 and decided that this was to be the place for one of the grandest palaces the country had ever seen, Norwich was the largest city in England after London. Norwich Castle with a massive 12th-century stone keep symbolised the king’s power – today it is the city’s most iconic building with a great museum and should be the first place on your list to visit. Another iconic building – Norwich Cathedral, is a magnificent Norman structure which took over 150 years to build. Don’t miss the opportunity to wander the crypt or the cloisters or take a tour.
During the Middle Ages, no fewer than 57 churches were founded within the city walls; of these, 31 still remain. This prompted the local saying that Norwich had a church for every week of the year, and a pub for every day. There are still plenty of pubs, and restaurants too, and the city makes an excellent base for exploring the wider county of Norfolk and, not least, the Norfolk Broads.