The Guildhall

The Guildhall, Norwich

The Guildhall
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Historic Sites • Government Buildings
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northants90
Northampton, UK2,831 contributions
Stunning
May 2021 • Couples
We did not enter due to Covid.

This is a stunning 15 century building. It is so beautiful and really provides a nice sense of history. It is really beautiful and close to the City centre.
Written 2 May 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK3,889 contributions
A most impressive and attractive building.
Sep 2020 • Couples
Constructed in 1407 on the site of the old toll house, this is a magnificent looking building that was built to a scale thought to have been inspired by the grand municipal halls of cities in the Low Countries, with which Norwich had connections through its thriving textile trade. The resulting Guildhall was the largest municipal building in England outside London, and the abundant use of flint in its construction makes it look pleasingly different.

On the first floor were the two main halls, used for council meetings and as courts of justice, and there were also rooms for smaller meetings, a courtroom and a chapel.

On the ground floor there was a large hall used as a ‘free prison’, so called because the occupants were confined free of chains. The crypts, which included the undercroft of the old toll house, contained cells to hold the more dangerous offenders.

In Georgian times the free prison was converted to become a further courtroom, known as The Court of Record, when the County Assizes were moved to the Guildhall following a fire in the old shire hall adjacent to Norwich Castle.

We didn’t go inside and, in truth, don’t know whether it is open to the public or not in these strange times. If open, it is certainly worth a look.
Written 1 October 2020
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JoB186262
Bournemouth, UK18 contributions
15th C building with very elaborate decorative stonework
Sep 2020
A sign of Norwich's important mercantile past: must-see imposing building. Located in what looks like a 20th century market place, in front of the Art Deco City Hall and near he 21st century Forum building.
Written 19 September 2020
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KentEnglandLife
Chatham, UK2,396 contributions
Grade I listed building still looking fantastic 1
Jul 2019
The guildhall built between 1407 and 1413 is a beautiful looking building,the flint work just adds something. I didn't go in as the only entrance looked like a cafe and I wasn't in need of food or drink. TBH I wished I had popped in just to have a look. In this small area of Norwich is quite a bit to do. Churches everywhere (St Peter Mancroft opposite the Guildhall), outdoor market,the castle & galleries (about 3 min walk), the High St & Castle Quarter Mall(5-floor mall with brand-name retailers & indie shops, plus kids' activities, restaurants & a cinema). Norwich is a fantastic city to visit. The Guildhall is one of many lovely sites to see.
Written 8 May 2020
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kissane
Perth, Australia938 contributions
Spectacular building
Dec 2019
I didn't go inside the building (it seemed to be closed later in the day), but really enjoyed seeing this old building right in the middle of this interesting city. Very photogenic.
Written 2 January 2020
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david e
4 contributions
fabulous hall
Jan 2019
historic norwich has a lot to offer including this little beauty in the centre.you should definitely go
Written 11 October 2019
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,174 contributions
Norwich city centre
Sep 2019 • Couples
Part of a group of heritage attractions in Norwich, the Guildhall exhibits notable flint work - which is a common feature on other popular buildings in the city - and a real mediaeval appearance. It is early fifteenth century and had a variety of purposes throughout history including being a prison and court hall.
Written 29 September 2019
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Shirley L
Norwich, UK11 contributions
Heritage Open Day
Sep 2019 • Solo
Booked this tour as part of Norwich’s Heritage weeks. The tour was free and lasted about an hour. The guide was exceptionally knowledgable about the building and it’s in depth history. Really enjoyed the experience and would recommend this tour. Handy location as this building is in heart of the city.
Written 20 September 2019
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Brian W
Norwich, UK5 contributions
Disgusting treatment
Aug 2019 • Couples
We had booked this as our venue for an afternoon tea for a wedding a year in advance , 8 weeks prior my partner rang them to discuss a few dietary requirements of a few of our guests , someone was supposed to ring us back - they didn't , a week later we rang again , we were then told they had changed hands back in February and they were unaware it was a wedding and they don't do weddings , I must say we were absolutely shocked and disgusted , they couldn't wait to reimburse us our deposit , that's left us with no venue 8 weeks before we get married, we have now booked outside catering and are having our afternoon tea at home , thanks guildhall .
Written 7 August 2019
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LMT
6 contributions
Interesting venue, great choice of food and very friendly staff
Jul 2019
Visiting Norwich for the day & we were recommended Bistro Britannia at The Guildhall and were not disappointed. What an interesting venue - tastefully decorated and with the added bonus of some great food and helpful and friendly staff.
Written 15 July 2019
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