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Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Norwich

(4.9/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Situated in a building that once housed a prison and shoe factory, Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell tells the story of social and industrial life in Norwich from the 19th century to the present day. Dozens of displays narrate the development of the city's major industries, which once included weaving, shoemaking, milling, brewing, and chocolate-making. A special exhibit dedicated to the history of the museum's building features engaging audio-visual presentations designed to expose the harrowing details about everyday life inside the former prison. The museum also houses a recreated pawnbroker's shop and pharmacy. Use our Norwich vacation generator to visit Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell on your trip to Norwich, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • took my Nan to visit the museum, neither of us had visited before, we both found it really interesting & good value for money, definitely open the drawers, we loved some of the items in there, only do...  more »
  • We spent a good two hours here, so much to see. Don't miss the visit to the undercroft and the flint wall. The shoe industry, the chocolate connection, the weaving trade - fascinating. Well worth a vi...  more »
  • We loved our visit to the Bridewell. The exhibits were well researched and very detailed. The layout was fantastic and allowed you to soak everything up, enriching your knowledge as you walked. The at...  more »
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  • Great museum experience and worth visiting for Norwich locals and visitors alike. As with the Castle, you can "pop-in" for £1 at the during the hour before closing, which is enough time to appreciate this great gem in the Lanes.