Self-Catering Holiday Cottages near to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Self-Catering Holiday Cottages near to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

 

Just 19 miles from Happisburgh is the beautiful, historic city of Norwich and its rich assortment of heritage sites, known as the Norwich 12. These include the lovely Church of England Cathedral, completed in 1145, and the Great Hospital, built in 1249. The oldest of the Norwich 12, though, is the Norman castle, built in the latter part of the 11th century.

 

In the Domesday survey of 1086, Norwich was shown to be a very large settlement of 1,358 households. Norwich castle, built for King William soon after his conquest of England, was one of 48 castles mentioned in the Domesday Book. The castle was originally constructed in the motte-and-bailey style, and the stone keep, built in the early 12th century, is still in existence today, although, after many reconstructions and repairs, very little of the original material remains.

 

During the years 1220 to 1887, Norwich Castle served as a gaol, but in 1887, Norwich prison was moved to the new Britannia Barracks on Mousehold Heath. In 1894, Norwich castle became the home of Norwich Museum, which had, until then, comprised several premises, scattered around the city.

 

The lovely thing about Norwich Museum is that its premises are an exhibit in their own right. Not only can you see ancient artefacts – for example, the 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, or the Iron Age jewellery – and learn about amazing historical events – such as the Iceni tribe’s revolt against the Romans in the first century AD, and the 20th century world wars – but you can embrace the experience of being in a Norman castle, built more than 900 years ago. From the 12th century carved stone arch, which leads into the keep, to the dungeons, to the garderobes (store cupboards that also housed toilets), the castle itself is a fascinating part of your tour.

 

Because we make every effort to ensure that Boundary Stables cottages are accessible to guests with limited mobility, we like to recommend places to visit that provide a high standard of disabled facilities – or at least to offer some information regarding the availability of such facilities.

 

Norwich Castle Museum is dedicated to providing access to as many areas of the museum as possible, and there is plenty of assistance available to visitors with visual or hearing impairment. Facilities include: portable hearing loops for guided tours and gallery talks; large print labels, magnifying sheets and braille labels; wheelchair hire, and assistance with manoeuvring wheelchairs through heavy doors. There are several disabled toilets throughout the castle, and guide dogs are welcome.

 

Because it’s only a short drive from Happisburgh, Norwich is a wonderful place to visit during your stay at Boundary Stables. Take a stroll around the old, unspoilt streets, and pop into some of those magnificent buildings that make up the famous Norwich 12 – including, of course, the very old and very lovely Norwich Castle Museum.

 

There are some marvellous places to explore in Norfolk, especially on the coast. At Boundary Stables, we welcome dogs. So if you’re thinking of bringing your pets on holiday with you, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

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