20 must-do things in Norwich

You don't have to fork out a fortune to enjoy some of the best things that Norwich has to offer. So, if you're enjoying time in the city, have you...

1 Spent a lazy day indulging in flaneurie (it's a French word for strolling casually, don't you know) around Norwich's medieval city centre and cathedral gardens – and enjoying an ice cream on London Street. The great thing about Norwich is that everything's within walking distance and centred on a river – like all the great cities (think London, Paris, Rome, Manhattan).

2 Been here during the arts festival – the oldest in the country, and all down to the fact that Norwich has traditionally taken in Continental refugees, including those from religious persecution in Holland and Flanders and republican tendencies from the French Revolution. At the time the rest of England was enjoying Baldrick's turnip as the epitome of culture.

3 Eaten al fresco in the city centre one evening – just imagine you're in a stylish, smart European city. Oh, you are!

4 Or at the other end of the scale, eaten fresh chips from a stall on the market place – don't spare the vinegar and salt (always vinegar first!). Norwich has the largest covered market in Europe.

5 Fed the ducks at Pull's Ferry by the river Wensum. There used to be a canal here straight to the cathedral to transport the Caen stone during building in the 11th century. Carry on along the Riverside Walk – see Cow Tower and you might also see the Norwich School boys playing cricket on the King Edward VI fields with the cathedral spire as a backdrop.

6 Or taken a trip on the river and thought about when Norwich was the country's second city. In medieval times Norwich and Norfolk was almost cut off from the rest of England and the river and inundated Broads were the conduit of trade between us and the Continent. No wonder Norfolk likes to 'do different'…

7 Walked up Mousehold Heath in the evening (or to nearby Kett's Heights) and sat and watched the sun go down behind the city. Spec-tac-u-LAAAR!

8 Been here during the football season, and joined in a hearty rendition of On The Ball City! at Carrow Road. It's the oldest football song in the world!

9 Seen the death masks in the Norwich Castle Museum. Catch it right, and get a guided tour of the battlements – look down on Norwich and imagine you're a Norman Conqueror. (By the way, if you think the castle looks in great nick for a thousand-year-old building, it's because the Victorian redressed it).

10 Had afternoon tea at The Assembly House… trust us, it's a treat. Oh, the grandeur! (Or go for lunch, the nursery school desserts are simply to die for).

11 Got neck ache from walking around the city just looking up at the magnificent architecture. Look out for the ornate stone carvings at Jarrolds department store.

12 Watched a film at Cinema City, our beautiful, bijoux little 'fleapit' – perhaps after a tour of the nearby Halls.

13 Paid a visit to the Bridewell Museum, where you can discover the story of the city and the origin of Norwich's affinity with canaries… birds, not the islands.

14 Taken a look around the John Jarrold Printing Museum in a 13th century friary crypt. Did we tell you we're the only English UNESCO City of Literature?

15 Viewed the city's Guildhall, home of Norwich's Regalia and one of Nelson's swords. Ask to go underground...

16 We have the Theatre Royal, one of the most successful provincial theatres in the country. But have you tried one of our smaller theatres, the Maddermarket or the Playhouse?

17 Danced behind the Snapdragon at the Lord Mayor's Procession.

18 Taken a punt on the river Wensum… imagine you're in Venice.

19 Tried to find out first-hand if Norwich still has a pub for every day of the year (over 18s only). The city also had a church for every Sunday.

20 Taken a look inside Dragon Hall, in King Street, the only surviving medieval merchant's trading hall in western Europe.

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