Urban Design Study Visit - Norwich

Saturday 21 December 2019 (All day)

Join friends and colleagues on the shortest day of the year, to view Norwich, in its finest winter splendour.

This is a loose fit visit to Norwich with the freedom for you to dip in and out as you wish.


10:00 Cathedral Refectory for coffee.

10:30 adjoining Cathedral Library for a short introduction by Michael Innes

10:40 Norwich over the water - Guided walk - looking at a wide range of housing and regeneration schemes.

13:30 Castle Mall / Castle Quarter - a short talk about the development of the Mall, and the challenges it faces in the 21st century as retail patterns change.

Early afternoon - explore individually or in groups

  • Central Norwich - view the medieval streets, lights, go shopping etc
  • Norwich Tunnel of Light
  • Cathedral (closes at 16:00)
  • Goldsmith Street - 25 minute walk each way
  • look at the Catholic Cathedral (also Garden café open until 16:00)
  • view fragments of the city walls
  • Sunset is at 15:41 - the winter solstice, tis the years midnight

Late afternoon gathering point for tea, or light meal

There is a candlelit performance of Messiah in the cathedral in the evening - if you want to make a weekend of the trip.

"We absolutely loved Norwich. I was not expecting it to be so nice. Really vibrant and so many lovely shops, bars, shops and cafes. Plus the new development has been done very sympathetically and the clearly 'enlightened' approach of the Council informed not only to Goldsmiths but also the creative use of vacant shop spaces etc. Brilliant. Michael Innes is amazing!"