Picturesque Norwich is a county town of Norfolk. It lies peacefully on the Wensum River. From here, the Norfolk Broads can be easily reached through small boats, canoes, or motor-launch. Norwich is known for its numerous medieval churches. It's second to London for having the most number of medieval churches in the whole country. It may seem to you that the town is full of ancient or historic sites, when in fact Norwich is today a modern town full of business and shopping centers. At the same time, Norwich is known for its production of confectionery, mustard, and shoes. Norwich has long been East Anglia's historic capital and is set out beyond the Fens in Norfolk. Thus, you'll find a splendid Norman cathedral and an old town atmosphere with winding lanes and gateways. Norwich is a living example of the Middle Age era that makes it one of the most charming towns of the country. Tourists enjoy seeing and snapping shots of the medieval structures and antiquated streets of Norwich.
Some of the popular landmarks in Norwich include the 11th century Norman Castle, the Norman Cathedral and its spire, and the City Hall's brick Clock Tower. Of course, don't think that Norwich is just an ancient town. It has a growing high-tech industry as well. The Blickling Hall on the B1354 is a stunning country house built in the 17th century. This popular East Anglia house has drawn a lot of attention from locals and tourists alike. There are guided tours available to tour inside and out of the Blickling Hall. The house features furnishings and tapestries from a variety of periods. One of the main features of Blickling Hall is its library that houses over 12,000 books. There's also a Victorian garden, and 18th century orangery, a secret garden, a vast parkland, and dense woodland in its 4,777 acres of land. In fact, you can schedule special events or occasions here in Blickling Hall. At the Alysham Station, you'll find the popular Bure Valley Railway. It is one of the many means of exploring life at Norfolk, particularly the countryside. The Bure Valley railway is a nine-mile trip in which you can discover a lot of great scenery starting from Alysham Station to Wroxham. The Bure Valley Railway is made up of an old-fashioned narrow gauge steam engine train. It has both closed and open coaches providing you the ultimate guide to the countryside. Another place of interest is the Cow Tower. It sits near the Norwich Cathedral. The Cow Tower was built back in the 1500s. It was once part of the Norwich defense during previous wars. Along South Quay at Great Yarmouth is where you can find the Elizabethan House Museum. In the old town, the 16th century Elizabethan House Museum was previously a residence of a rich merchant. The Tudor building now houses a collection of furnishings from various periods. In fact, the execution of King Charles I was deliberated in this very home. Aside from the great historical exhibits displayed, the Elizabethan House Museum features educational and culinary exhibits. They also have a room filled with toys in which children and adults can enjoy themselves.
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