My first visit to this compact city, just inland from the East Coast beaches and near the Norfolk Broads was wonderful. The very pace of life seems to slow down. The Cathedral is historic and beautiful and all are made welcome by friendly volunteers. Useful provision for children consists of back packs with ideas for exploring the building, they can enjoy running the Jubilee Labyrinth in the Cathedral Garth.They may even find the original Roman stone, we couldn’t! The art is stunning, statuary, memorials, and impressive stained glass both centuries old and contemporary.
I was particularly moved by the simple grave of NursevEdith Cavell. Her family preferred her to return to Norfolk rather than be laid to rest in Westminster Abbey. The Cathedral is surrounded by other wonderful historic building and informative museums.
For those with mobility problems a bonus is that much of the city is flat, the bus services are simple and frequent and everyone friendly and helpful to visitors. When you need a break there’s a choice of intriguing tea rooms and cafés, or you can eat out in one of the pleasant parks and gardens. There’s a wide range of familiar shops and you’ll also find bookshops, artists’ studios, and charity shops, the latter combining high quality stock with low prices.
All in all a great place for a weekend break which will whet your appetite for a longer visit.