City Hall

City Hall
Norwich City Council
City Hall
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1NH
England

Website

www.norwich12.co.uk/city-hall

www.norwich.gov.uk

E-mail

info@norwich.gov.uk

Telephone

01603 212212

Fax

01603 213000

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A photograph of City Hall

One of the finest municipal buildings of the inter-war period in England.

During the 19th century the city's civic offices were housed in the medieval Guildhall and a range of old buildings located in what is now the Market Place. With developments in local government duties it became clear these premises were unsuitable. A new City Hall was needed.

Under guidance from Robert Atkinson and RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects), an architectural competition for the building was held. The winning design was by C. H. James and S. Rowland Pierce.

A pair of stylised bronze lions, sculpted by Alfred Hardiman, greets visitors to the building. Three pairs of bronze doors leading into the entrance hall contain 18 plaques. The plaques display trades connected with Norwich, and illustrate the city's history.

City Hall holds the largest clock bell in the United Kingdom, with the deepest tone in East Anglia.

Much of the interior is art deco in style. Many of the main rooms are timber panelled, while the walls of the ground floor entrance hall and first floor landing are lined with Italian marble and display the names of all the city's mayors.

King George VI opened City Hall in 1938 to the largest gathering of crowds Norwich had ever seen.

Today Norwich City Council is based at City Hall.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

City Hall is a working building with access to the reception areas only during office hours Monday - Friday. The Tourist Information Centre runs tours of City Hall and its clock tower which offers fantastic views across the city. Please contact the Tourist Information Centre for further information of the latest tours available and fees on 01603 213999, email tourism@norwich.gov.uk or go to www.visitnorwich.co.uk.

Admission charges

Please see website for details.

Additional info

City Hall is a working building with access to the reception areas only during office hours Monday - Friday. The Tourist Information Centre runs tours of City Hall and its clock tower which offers fantastic views across the city. Please contact the Tourist Information Centre for further information of the latest tours available and fees on 01603 727927, email tourism@norwich.gov.uk or go to www.visitnorwich.co.uk.

Regretfully no children under eight years are allowed up the clock tower. There are 166 steps to the top - suitable footwear must be worn and no one with a heart condition or similar should attempt the climb.

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