Whether you're already familiar with Norwich or not, there is always more to discover when you have an experienced guide. Autumn is a great time to explore the city as the leaves start to fall and the wonderfully warm colours begin to come through; just don't forget your camera!
Image: The pretty cobbles of Elm Hill in the historic Cathedral Quarter
Here's a look at five guided walks taking place across the city in September and October.
NORWICH, A CITY OF CENTURIES
If you love history, this is the tour for you. Go back through 1000 years of Norwich's past, including Viking pillaging, the Norman invasion, tragedies of plague, fire and war and on to our modern day city. The tour begins outside The Forum. There are plenty of available dates for this tour - September: Saturdays at 11am and 2pm. Monday to Thursday (4th-14th September) at 2pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays (19th, 21st, 26th and 28th September) at 2pm. October: Saturdays 11am and 2pm (no 11am tour on 21st October).
WORDS & WANDERINGS
Image: Historic Tombland opposite Norwich Cathedral
VisitEngland has designated 2017 as the 'Year of Literary Heroes' and you'll find Norwich has more than its fair share. As the City of Stories and a UNESCO City of Literature, our literary history is well documented, rich and varied. The tour will take you on the trail of local writers and stories from Black Beauty to Noirwich and Remains of the Day. There are two chances to take the Words & Wanderings tour - Friday 8th September and Friday 6th October at 11am. The tour begins outside The Forum.
An exciting age of invention and empire, Norwich was growing beyond its city walls and industry was booming. During this time Colmans Mustard, Caleys chocolate and Bullards beer all became renowned household names... but at what cost? Find out the facts behind the factories in this look back at some of Norwich's biggest businesses of the day. There are two tours available, both starting at The Forum - Friday 15th September and Friday 13th October at 11am.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF NELSON
Image: Picturesque Tombland close to Erpingham Gate
Celebrate the life of naval hero, Admiral Lord Nelson with this tour which looks at his life as a young boy in Norwich. Find out about his time at Norwich School, discover his connections with the city and hear stories of his young life and his journey from schoolboy to national hero.This tour begins from Norwich Cathedral's Erpingham Gate at 11am on Friday 29th September. Plus, don’t forget there’s the Nelson & Norfolk exhibition currently on at Norwich Castle, many items haven’t been exhibited together before and some haven’t been on display for over 100 years! Finishes 1st October.
VILE AND HORRIBLE HISTORY OF NORWICH*
This Halloween special gives you the chance to uncover all that is gruesome and gory about the city's past. A clocked guide will leave you over to the dark side of Norwich's past to throw a spotlight on the terrifying truth behind some of the city's best known spots. Come along if you dare...the tour stars in the shadows of Norwich Cathedral at Erpingham Gate. Walks are running from Saturday 21st October to Tuesday 31st October.
*This is a special event for Halloween, contact Norwich TIC for times, prices and availability.
BOOK YOUR PLACE ON A TOUR
All tours are 90 minutes duration and must be booked in advance through Norwich Tourist Information Centre, call 01603 213999. Tickets are: Adult £5, Child (11-16) £1.50, Go 4less £4.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk