Explore the City of Stories on the Norwich Guided Tours!

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Starting from The Forum on Saturday 11 June, and running through the summer, the Guided Tours are a fantastic way to discover Norwich, and the secrets it holds. You’ll hear fascinating history, enchanting anecdotes, and learn all about the city from our expert Tour Guides.  


Whether you’re a visitor keen to understand more about our unique roots, or a local ready to experience a different side to Norwich, these tours are the perfect way to get to know the city. From our time as England’s second city to our Viking roots, the history of Norwich will be revealed! 

You’ll walk through the cobbled streets, taking in the sights: picture perfect Medieval Elm Hill, our ancient Churches (transformed for the modern day), Georgian architecture and staggering landmarks, including the compass spire of Norwich Cathedral and our very own “Box on the Hill” Norwich Castle.  

Start your “City of Centuries tour” in the 21st century at Millennium building, The Forum, and travel all the way back to the 11th century, finishing your tour at the picturesque Norwich Cathedral. This tour has been hugely popular in previous years with tourists, new Norwich locals and those who have lived in the Fine City for many years. Opening many historic doors into the past, not only does the City of Centuries tour explore the stories of buildings and streets, but the interesting individuals who have shaped the city over the centuries.  

Some of the most appealing buildings you’ll find within the city centre are very familiar with the locals, as they are… pubs! Quite the talking point when it comes to Norwich – you may know the much quoted “a pub for every day of year”. In fact, 1884 saw the number of Norwich pubs rise to a staggering 600, which would be almost two pubs for every single day of the year. The Adam & Eve pub is one of our favourites and is the oldest pub in Norwich. 

These tours are great value too; Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) are only £20, Adults £8 each and a concession ticket offered for students, U18s, 65+ and Jobseekers at just £6.50. Spaces per tour are limited, allowing attendees to get the best possible experience. Book your tickets in advance to not be disappointed.  

Listen, question, and discuss with your expert tour guide to really get an understanding of how Norwich has evolved over the centuries, giving greater meaning to the characterful corners of the city. But, who are they? Read on to find out!   


Meet the Guides  

Who? Graham Dickerson 

A little bit about… Graham was born in Norwich and has lived all his life in the city or nearby. He loves showing the rich history of the city and taking visitors back to imagined medieval times.  

Favourite Norwich location: Norwich Cathedral, where he is also a Guide.  

Fun fact: As well as family, another big part of Graham’s life is music, having learnt to play the organ at the Cathedral, as a teenager.  

 

Who? Joy Taylor 

A little bit about... Joy was delighted to become a tour guide in 2014, and loves sharing her interest in history with locals and visitors alike. She has a passion for the quirky tales behind some of the city’s buildings.  

Speciality: Seeing places from a distinct perspective, sharing the knowledge that might otherwise have been missed. 

 

Who? Roger Smith  

A little bit about… Roger is enthusiastic, likes variety and is conversant with many tours. Active in various sports, he is a keen supporter of Norwich City Football Club – the Canaries.  

Fun fact: Roger says that travelling by motor bike is his liberation.  

 

Who? Paul Dickson 

Favourite Norwich location: Paul’s favourite Norwich building is Cinema City, a medieval merchants house and cinema combined.  

Fun Fact: When he is not leading guided tours, Paul publishes books by Norfolk writers and sings in a rock ‘n roll band.  

 

Who? Angela Garner 

A little bit about… Born and bred in Norfolk, Angela has lived in the county all her life, except for her university years. She joined a local history club aged 14 and has never looked back. She has been leading tours since 2014 and considers it a great privilege to show people from near and far the beautiful and historic capital of Norfolk. 

Speciality: Sharing little-known facts which can surprise and delight people! 

 

Who? Lee Macdonald 

A little bit about... Lee likes meeting new people on Norwich tours and introducing them to some wonderful historic buildings and places.  

Speciality: Relating the varied stories of the people who built and made use of these fine structures.  

 

Who? Jonathan Hooton 

A little bit about… Jonathan trained as a City Guide in 2014. An ‘incomer’ from London, he loves his adopted city sufficiently well to have become a past Chairperson of the Norwich Society. As such, he particularly enjoys showing the spectacular built heritage of the city to visitors and locals alike.  

Speciality: Pubs!  

 

If you’re wondering whether a guided history tour of Norwich is “your thing” this quotation from tour guide Rod Spokes might persuade you…  

“Guiding involves imparting a capsule of information to people you have never met, and after 90 minutes will probably never see again. It is about discovering a new place, discussing with others, and absorbing new knowledge. For both guide and guided, it is a fragment of time away from the everyday and a chance to see something anew.”

We love how tours like the City of Centuries Tour can transport you to past eras and ways of life, and like Rob says, it is an opportunity to absorb yourself in something different than the everyday. 

Questions... and helpful answers!

  • There are weekday and Saturday tours available throughout June, July, August and September 2022. Scroll down to see dates & times.

  • Yes, spaces are very limited, so book your place not to miss out! Please note that tickets must be bought online and not from The Forum building.

  • The tours take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and are around a mile in length.

  • Wear comfortable footwear and be ready to discover new tales of the city!

  • Yes, you’ll have the opportunity to ask your expert tour guide any questions.

  • The routes are mostly flat walking in the largely pedestrianised areas of the city centre.