It used to be said that Norwich had a pub for every day of the year and a church for every week. In 21st Century Norwich, you certainly won’t struggle to find somewhere to enjoy a pint, or, two, nor, a church to be married in; Norwich has more than 30 medieval churches within the old city walls alone as well as being home to two cathedrals. In the heart of the city stands a magnificent medieval cathedral boasting the second tallest spire (at 96m, or, 315ft) as well as the largest surviving cloister in England. On the outer edges of the city centre, at one of the highest points in Norwich, stands the second largest Catholic cathedral in the United Kingdom.
If you fancy being wed somewhere a little different, other notable buildings in Norwich include the grade I listed Dragon Hall. Once a medieval trading hall, it is the only known surviving building of its type in Western Europe. The centrepiece of this building is an impressive 27 metre long Great Hall. Built as a showroom to display it’s owners wares, the hall originally had several beautifully carved and painted dragons along its length, only one such carving remains today, from which the building takes its name.
If you want to host your wedding in something a little more modern, the Assembly House in the city centre is a resplendent example of Georgian assembly rooms with a fascinating history. The house as it stands today was designed by the architect Thomas Ivory (1709-1779); used as a ‘House of Assemblies’ for the Norwich gentry, it has been used to host a wealth of events and famous people – so why not join the club?
Situated on the River Wensum, Norwich boasts 150 green spaces within the city itself, including 23 parks, 59 natural areas and nature reserves and 10 kilometres of riverside walks, all of which can work beautifully in your wedding photography. Just a little further afield, Norwich is surrounded by the beautiful Norfolk countryside and Norfolk Broads, home to a fine selection of old manor houses, hotels and churches.