Norwich historic pubs trail

Historic Pubs Trail in Norwich

Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) and Norwich City of Ale have put together an historic pubs trail as part of this year’s special anniversary celebrations of Heritage Open Days in Norwich and Norfolk. This September will mark the 20th anniversary of the nationwide free heritage event, as well as the 10th year which HEART has co-ordinated events locally.

Norwich is a city steeped in history, and many of the pubs here have a fascinating past. HEART hopes that the pubs trail will bring this marvellous heritage to the fore, and get more people engaged with the unique history of our fine city. The trail, consisting of six City of Ale pubs, extends from Timberhill in the city centre through to Bishops Bridge on the Riverside Walk. The complete trail includes the following iconic public houses: The Murderers Arms, The Sir Garnet, The Wildman, The Maids Head Bar, The Adam & Eve, and lastly Lollards Pit.

The trail will run in conjunction with the Heritage Open Days festival, which takes place between Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th September, and will see pubs holding special events to commemorate their individual rich heritage, including talks, exhibitions and access to areas not normally open to the public. Pub trail leaflets are available from The Guildhall in Norwich city centre and to view or download online at

Norwich historic pubs trail

Jo Archer, Project Monitoring Officer of HEART, said: “This set of public houses in Norwich form a fascinating glimpse into the heritage of our city. All these sites are interesting buildings with stories to tell from the distant to the more recent past.”

Dawn Leeder, City of Ale Co-Chair, said: “We’re delighted that these six historic pubs have been specially selected to be a part of HEART’s Heritage Open Days and we hope everyone will toast this important event’s continuing success in this special anniversary year. Cheers!”

Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England’s largest and most popular voluntary cultural event, celebrating the country’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to events and interesting properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. The annual programme includes open buildings, guided tours, exhibitions, talks, family activities, music recitals and re-enactments.

To download the trail, or for more information about Heritage Open Days events in Norwich, Broadland, South Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, Thetford, North Norfolk and further afield, visit You can also pick up the brochure from venues around the county, and for updates, follow @norwichheart#NorwichHODS and #NorfolkHODs on Twitter and Norwich HEART on Facebook.

About Norwich HEART

Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is a private, charitable trust set up to act as an umbrella organisation for all of the heritage on offer in Norwich. We strategically plan, regenerate, manage and promote Norwich’s heritage and act as a best practice model internationally for developing heritage as a social and economic regeneration vehicle. HEART receives support from bodies including the University of East Anglia and Norwich City Council and has received project funding from a variety of sources including European Union, HM Treasury, the East of England Development Agency and Norfolk County Council.


About Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to European Heritage Days (EHD), The Council of Europe created European Heritage Days to bring people closer to their cultural heritage by throwing open the doors to historic monuments and buildings – preferably those which are usually either closed or are only partly accessible to the general public.

To ensure that no-one is excluded from enjoying the benefits of the event, the Council of Europe made it a key requirement that access to all properties taking part in EHD should be offered free of charge. European Heritage Days are held annually in September in 50 countries.

The UK is represented by The Heritage Open Days National Partnership, Open House London, Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland.

About Norwich City of Ale

Norwich City of Ale is an annual city-wide beer festival taking place not just in one venue but in dozens of friendly welcoming pubs throughout the city. It runs for 10 days in late May and attracts real-ale lovers from all over the UK and beyond. Hundreds of local beers are available and pubs put on many special events such as beer and food pairings, tutored tastings, meet-the-brewer sessions, morris-dancing, vintage bus tours, quizzes, music and much more, giving the whole city a unique beer-festival atmosphere.


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