Rivers, Merchants and Markets

Pull's Ferry and the River Wensum, Norwich, photograph VisitNorwich
Pull’s Ferry and the River Wensum, Norwich, photograph VisitNorwich

This four to five hour guided walk starts in Tombland, the 10th century Anglo-Danish Market Place, then heads along the river from the Quayside, the original Anglo-Scandinavian port, to Pull’s Ferry, the Cathedral’s 15th century water gate, looking at historic trade and industry, including the role of the wherry.

Return to Tombland through the Cathedral Close with exterior views of the great Norman Cathedral. Take a coffee or tea and biscuits at the Maids Head Hotel, which claims to be the oldest in the UK.

Then head to the Museum of Norwich, formerly a medieval merchant’s house, then prison and explore the museum, discovering the era when Norwich was England’s second city, with its international woollen cloth trade. It’s a short stroll to the Market Place, home of Norwich Market since the 1070s for tales of the market, including readings from the 15th century Paston Letters, followed by food sampling from market stalls and lunch.

  • Maximum size of group: 14
  • Tour not available on Sundays and Mondays
  • Cost £25 per person, includes entry to Museum of Norwich (museum closed on Sunday and Monday) and tea/coffee and biscuits at the Maids Head Hotel
  • Minimum charge £75
  • Food sampling on Norwich Market subject to availability