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Half a day in Norwich

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Half a day in Norwich

I find myself with a few hours in Norwich. I've never been before and would like to just wander around and explore. While I'm happy to let me feet decide where to go I wondered if there any particular interesting things to see?

I'm an urban planner so any interesting public/urban realm and architecture (either modern or old) would be great too.

Finally, anywhere you can recommend for a quick grab and go lunch (something independent which I can't get in London)?

Thanks

Loughton, United...
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1. Re: Half a day in Norwich

Elm Hill, to see what the mediaeval folk did right. Cathedral close and down to the river bridge, ditto. Prince of Wales Rd to see what the Victorians got right. Thorpe station - fine Loire palazzo. The inner ring road, to see what the 60s-70s got wrong. City Hall, fine Deco contraption in quite the wrong place. The castle and old county hall. The arcade, for a bit of shopping opulence of 100 years ago....all that should fill an hour or so!

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2. Re: Half a day in Norwich

As for eating head to the Moorish Falafel Bar on Lower Goat Lane (we have great street names in Norwich: check out Rampant Horse Street). The falafel bar is a great place to sit outside and people watch, or takeaway. Nearby Pottergate has a host of independent eateries.

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3. Re: Half a day in Norwich

The Millennium Library at The Forum, has won awards for modern design I think......

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4. Re: Half a day in Norwich

St.Andrew's church. It is located in St.Andrew's Street, opposite St Andrews Hall and just down from Cinema City. To quote:

<<The church of St Andrew, Norwich, is the second largest medieval parish church in the city. It is a fine example of a hall church, in late perpendicular gothic style and with a timber roof of tie beam construction. The tower is the oldest part and dates from 1478 with the rest of the building erected by 1506, replacing an existing structure>>

http://www.standrewsnorwich.org/

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5. Re: Half a day in Norwich

As an Urban Planner you should probably see the Denys Lasdun designed UEA campus....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denys_Lasdun

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6. Re: Half a day in Norwich

Maybre the "Norwich 12" would be your thing

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwich_12

Norwich, United...
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7. Re: Half a day in Norwich

I second the UEA if you want to see some interesting design - the Ziggurats, the raised walkways and the Sainsbury's centre are cool although they destroyed the beautiful square with that awful refurbishment.

You can get a bite to eat in lots of places on the campus too.

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8. Re: Half a day in Norwich

Thanks for all the suggestions, I had a lovely couple of hours walking along the river and then seeing much of the Norwich 12. Got a falafel from the Moorish place which was good but very slow service...

Thought Norwich was a lovely city, one of the nicest I've visited actually. Some great pubs too. Shame the football result wasn't so good for me...

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