BigNews.Biz - Apr 14,2011 - Norwich, originally founded by the Saxon North Folk around the 6th century, has made its history from being one of the largest ports in England of that age, all the way to getting known for its shoemaking and engineering initiatives in present years, full of old medieval buildings, interesting hotels, and modern television centers. This city is not to be missed.
While in your Norwich Hotel, figuring out what to do, first on the list should be the Coleman's Mustard Shop located in the Royal Arcade in the center of town. Founded in 1814, the Coleman's brand (with its yellow packaging) began making its way onto the shelves. Carrow houses the principal factory of the company, but Unliver, its sister company, also ships goods to other countries around the globe. This helped with the recognizing of the wonderful town of Norwich, the birthplace of a British heritage brand. You can find books explaining the history of Coleman products, grab some great mustards, and find interesting knick-knacks when you visit the store.
Norwich is also a fantastic shopping spot. As of 2006, Norwich was considered number 8 in the list of most prosperous UK shopping centers. The open air market was established sometime between 1071 and 1074 by Normans, and it is open 6 days each week even now. The Mall Norwich is another great place to shop; it is constructed into the side of a hill and most of its shops are beneath the ground. (Seems pretty interesting, doesn't it?) The Chapelfield mall, which was built not long ago where Caley's Chocolate used to be made before Nestle bought the company in 1996 and shipped operations to New York and ended ties with Norwich after 120 years of history, is also a nice place to shop. You can stop in the Guildhall to see beautiful architecture when you are tired of shopping; this medieval hall was constructed in 1407.
The Forum is also a good place to visit. The Forum is a building that was first planned to hold the Millennium Library. It was built in 2002 by designer Michael Hopkins and is a replacement to the old Norwich Central Library which sadly burned down in 1994. Not only does this building contain a library, but it also is the headquarters and television centre for BBC East. Exhibitions, concerts, and large events have plenty of venues here in this building. The central interest here, though, is the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library- consisting of information that is left from the relationship of the United States and East Anglia during the Second World War and Cold War, which is something not to be missed.
Norwich Cathedral cannot get forgotten on this list. Built between 1096 and 1145, it is 140 meters high and is dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. The biggest cloister has over 1000 bosses and wasn't completely finished until 1297 after Black Death had ravaged the city. This building is not to be missed as it is