Norwich, a city located in East Anglia, was heavily bombed by Germany during the Second World War. The damage sustained due to the bombardment prevented Norwich from developing its manufacturing and trade industries for many years. In the 1980s and 1990s, Norwich, and the United Kingdom in general, shifted to more service-oriented industries. The insurance and banking sectors experienced growth, and tourism also became an important industry. Despite it being a relatively large city, Norwich has only one train station. Travellers using the railway service can reach London in 1 hour and 50 minutes, Ipswich in around 40 minutes, and the cities of Colchester and Cambridge in approximately an hour each. Travellers can connect to other transport infrastructures like the airport, which has over 300 connections, and the coach station, as well as the city’s university. The train station is roughly a 10-minute walk from the city centre. The public busses are a common mode of transportation for travelling around the city.
With over a thousand years of history, scenic views, local delicacies, cultural vitality, and architectural monuments, Norwich is a centre of attraction for visitors. Norwich castle, a landmark sight, was founded in the aftermath of the Norman conquest and built using decorative Caen stone. Completed in the 12th century, Norwich Castle was the home of monarchs, and later utilised as a prison. The castle has been transformed into a museum and art gallery, and is among the most visited places in Norwich. The Dragon Hall, a medieval merchant’s trading hall which is unique as it is the only such trading hall to be owned by a single person in Northern Europe, and the Church of St John the Baptist, Maddermarket, are among the city’s tourist attractions. Norwich is also home to many parks and gardens, including Eaton Park, Catton Park, Waterloo Park, Plantation Gardens. Furthermore, Norwich is accepted as a regional shopping centre.