Norwich was one of the largest cities in the middle ages after London. This was up until the Industrial Revolution.
The urban area of Norwich extends beyond the city boundaries, which includes Costessey, Taverham, Hellesdon, Bowthorpe, Old Catton, Sprowston, and Thorpe St Andrew.
Norwich is a very popular location for tourists wishing to take advantage of all the attractions; these include the beautiful Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle, Cow Tower, Coleman’s Mustard Shop, and of course the Museums in the old part of Norwich. There are still the old cobbled streets that take you back to how it was years ago before everywhere was paved in block-paying slabs. Norwich has become one of the UK’s top ten shopping locations and is renowned for being one of the largest
outdoor markets in the UK. Norwich market has also been ranked 150th in Europe.
As a University City, Norwich offers something for everybody. There are music festivals that are held at the Norwich art center. A thriving music scene based around local venues such as the University of East Anglia LCR.
There are many places that offer live music, mostly contemporary musical genres, This can also be heard at a number of public houses and club venues around the city.
Norwich also has many theatres ranging from seating capacities of 100 up to 1,300 seats. There is a variety of different programmes available to cater to most people’s choices. The Theatre Royal is one of the largest theatres in Norwich and has been situated on the same site for some 250 years, although there has been extensive rebuilding and some major alterations carried out. With 1300 seats available to the public, it offers musicals, dance, drama, family entertainment, including stand-up comedians, and opera.
If you like to explore the parks and open spaces, you won’t be disappointed, as of 2015, the city can offer 23 parks, 95 open spaces, and 59 natural areas. There are also privately own gardens which are sometimes are opened to the public, to raise money for different charities.