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Norwich Guildhall Tour

Friday 21 June, 11.00am–Thursday 25 July, 11.00am

Norwich Guildhall

Limited Availability

Tickets: £5

Take a tour around England’s largest and most elaborate provincial medieval city hall.

Norwich Guildhall was the centre of city government from the early 15th century until its replacement by City Hall in 1938. As well as various courts, a prison and a chapel, the building contained facilities for accounting and tax collection, accommodation for civic officials (it remains the home of the Sheriff’s parlour today) and storage space for records, money and civic regalia. The Sheriff’s Court was designed for meetings of the full medieval Council and now contains a virtually intact late Victorian courtroom. The Council Chamber is more elaborate with oak panelling, renaissance decorative woodwork and stunning stained glass – designed to impress from the start. The undercroft, beneath the east end, pre-dates the building and is thought to be an original feature of the earlier toll-house on this site. It was used to accommodate more dangerous criminals. The exterior provides an excellent example of the flint work that the city is so famous for.

Having more recently hosted cafes, the tourist information centre and an escape room, the majority of the building currently acts as an office and home to Norfolk & Norwich Festival which has just celebrated its 250th anniversary.

These tours are delivered by guides from The Norwich Society.

Important information

Venue: Norwich Guildhall

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Access: The tour takes you through the many spaces of Norwich Guildhall. There are a number of staircases throughout the building. To get to the crypt, you will need to descend a narrow, spiral staircase without a handrail. To enter the cells, you will need to descend a steep ramp. We ask that visitors use their own judgement on whether to enter a space.

Please Note: The building is a working office and home to Norfolk & Norwich Festival. There may be staff working while you are on your tour.

Tickets

Tickets: £5

Essential Companions: Any audience member requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Relevant discounts or concessions still apply to the paid ticket.

Select a performance

Friday

7 June

11:00 am

£5.00

Friday

21 June

11:00 am

£5.00

Thursday

11 July

11:00 am

£5.00

Thursday

25 July

11:00 am

£5.00

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May Festival and our year-round arts education work, focusing on children and young people, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk and the region.

This year we begin an exciting new initiative, Festival Connect & Create that will bring creative opportunities to those schools and communities with least provision. Creativity transforms people’s lives. It builds cohesive communities, develops vital skills and supports health and wellbeing. We want more people to have access to creative opportunities.

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