Housed in a heritage structure that was once the Barclay's regional headquarters, Open is a new music hot-spot in town. Its owners started this place with the aim of treating audience to a melange of different music genres every week. Open offers a mix of traditional music venue and a sleek modern club. Armed with state-of-the-art facilities and excellent acoustic system, this venue hosts live music concerts, workshops, training sessions and similar events on a regular basis. For more details, check website or call ahead.
The Waterfront, as the name suggests, is located by the river. It is managed by the University of East Anglia Students' Union and this is reflected in its quality line up. It hosts top bands and DJ artists, with past appearances by the likes of Roni Size and Paul Weller, along with smaller local bands. The Saturday indie club night Meltdown has quite a dedicated following. There are also regular all-nighters and specialist nights. The Waterfront is split into two self-contained floors of amplified beats having dedicated spaces for independent halls in addition to bars, a cafe and separate rooms for artists. Other than the UEA itself, this is one of Norwich's premier live music venues and puts on some of the best club nights in Norwich.
Well worth visiting if you are in the city, Tombland was once the center of the Saxon Burgh of Norwich. Soon to be pedestrianized, it is now a mini-hub of city nightlife, abutting the Romanesque sharpness of Norwich Cathedral. Between the Erpingham and St Ethelbert's Gates lie a bevy of leisure spots including the incomparable Pizza One Pancakes Too! and Boswells. On the north side, at the junction with Wensum Street, sits the elegant Tudor Maid's Head Hotel. It's widely reputed that Elizabeth I once slept here, although, as with any other fact about Gloriana, it's a big ol' bone of contention!
The Theatre Royal is Norwich's premier theater. They don't come grander and more opulent than this. As it is Norwich's largest theater, it stages a diverse range of performances which cater for different audiences. There's opera, ballet, modern dance, musicals, comedy, and classical music. All the major national touring companies such as the RSC, the National Theatre and international companies such as the Russian Ballet come here. This is often the only opportunity to catch such world-class performances in the area. The theater itself has several well-stocked bars, and a restaurant, for those quick drinks during the interval. The architecture is the familiar grand musical hall style. The performances are always lavish and sumptuous affairs and you are guaranteed a night to remember.
Sitting on the top floor of the Castle Mall near the Farmers Avenue entrance, this octo-plex is the most central of Norwich's cinemas. Its eight extremely comfortable, similar-sized screens offer up the expected range of new releases and blockbusters at varying prices and times. Look out for the Saturday kids' club where all seats are cheap. (Call +44 871 224 0240 for more.)
Welcoming close to 30,000 visitors a year, the award-winning Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life is Norfolk's 3rd largest. Nestled by the seaside in a heritage herring curing works area, this museum plays rich tributes to the marine and fishing heritage of this quaint town. Interactive displays and lifelike simulations of the quayside and fishermen houses, transport every visitor to another time and place. Stop by this gorgeous museum and take in the sea spray after.
Norwich City Hall stands in the center of Norwich behind the the city market and the old The Guildhall. The prominent building was put up in the 1930s and was nicknamed “Marmalade Hall” by the locals because of its unusual orange color. The building, which has a Scandanavian design, was opened by King George VI. Today it is home to Norwich City Council with certain areas and departments accessible to the public for specific reasons.
Norwichs famous Guildhall building stands between Guildhall Hill and Gaol Hill by the city centre market. The building dates back to the 15th Century, and was the largest medieval city hall housing the local government to be built outside London for five hundred years. Today the Guildhall is home to Norwichs Tourist Information Centre. Vistors can also wander upstairs where exhibitions and displays are sometimes held.
If you are interested in the city's history then it is worth visiting some of the remaining stretches of Norwich's old 14th Century walls. These can still be seen today at various locations in the environs of what is now the inner ring road. The biggest stretches of the old flint wall can be seen along Chapelfield Road near Chapelfield Gardens, just off King Street and by the junction of Grapes Hill, Barn Road and Dereham Road. Smaller sections of the old city boundary can be seen along the Riverside Walk.
Norwich has one of the oldest covered markets of its size in the country. Virtually impossible to miss and located in the heart of the city, the market is the pulsating beat of Norwich. Canopied in its famous multi-colored hues of yellows, blues and greens, a stroll through the provision market is to take in a slice of local Norwich life. It is staffed by super-friendly local traders who will always stop and chat with the customers. There are fantastic specialty stalls offering spices, books, soaps and other curiosities which line its narrow, never-ending meandering passages.
2nd Air Division Memorial Library is built to commemorate the brave airmen from the U.S 8th Army Air Force who lost their lives in the World War II. With an astounding collection of about 4000 books, the library is a rich source of information on several topics associated with American history and culture. Besides, this space displays models of air-crafts and ships, paintings depicting wartime and videos related to the same topic. All in all, this place is highly informative.