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The Bridewell

Bridewell Alley

The Bridewell museum is closed for redevelopment until summer 2011.

Discover how Norwich found fame and fortune producing mustard, shoes, textiles, chocolate and beer. The building was once a prison for women and beggars (a Bridewell) and is now home to a wonderful collection of historic objects and machinery revealing how Norwich people earned their living.

Visitors can view the mysterious potions in the recreated pharmacy with its rows of colourful bottles and packets, then peer into the Pawnbroker's shop and the Smithy. Other exhibits include the secrets of the brewery trade, a marvellous display of shoes hand made in the city and a 17th century Jacquard loom which was used to weave exquisite Norwich shawls. There is an exhibition celebrating over 100 years of the Canaries - Norwich City Football Club. Enjoy some of the team's greatest moments and find out about star players, managers and fans.

General Information:
  • Well-stocked shop
  • A number of steps and uneven surfaces throughout the museum
  • Toilets not accessible to wheelchair users
  • Several car parks nearby

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  • Directions

    In the historic centre of Norwich. 5 minutes from Norwich Market Place and Castle Meadow bus stops. 10 minutes from the railway station.

    The Bridewell Postcode for SatNav: NR2 1AQ


    +44 (0)1603 629 127 (shop & tickets)
    +44 (0)1603 493 625 (Museum Admin)

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