During our City Sightseeing Bus tour of Norwich we decided to go along the Riverside Walk up to Norwich Cathedral. We started at Norwich Train Station, crossed over the bridge and went around the outside of the Complete Angler pub. Unfortunately the walk wouldn’t have been suitable for a pushchair or wheelchair users as there were several steps down to the riverside.
Adam loved running in and out of the Willow trees . Once we reached Pulls Ferry, we walked up Ferry Lane where Adam had his first glimpse of the cathedral. We entered the Cathedral through the Cloisters which Adam had great fun walking around. The Cloisters once housed over 100 monks and was rebuilt in 1297 after its destruction in the 1272 riots. It is now home to The Labyrinth where you can follow its twists and turns for “fun, reflection or prayer.”
Unfortunately we didn’t spot either of the peregrine falcons that have nested on the Cathedral’s 250ft spire. Between April and July the Hawk and Owl Trust set up an observation point where you can take a closer look at the birds of prey. Perhaps next year!
The visitor leaflet stated “The most complete Norman cathedral in England and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe, Norwich Cathedral is one of England’s greatest Cathedrals.” With over 900 years of history, the Cathedral has survived riot, war, plague and fire. Adam looked tiny inside the cathedral. He seemed to slow down inside whilst taking it all in. Chris lit a candle in remembrance of Adam’s Granddad Richard and Granddad Stephen.
We look forward to returning when Adam is older and we can tell him about the cathedrals history and architecture.
Our only criticism of the Cathedral was the access to the baby changing facilities. These were situated in the disabled toilets which needed a radar key to open. The key was situated upstairs in the cafe. Had we a younger child and a pushchair this would have been incredibly frustrating.
There is no admission charge to enter the Cathedral, although donations are welcomed.
Are you looking for other toddler days out? See our toddler friendly venues in‘Adventures of Adam around Norfolk’.