Norfolk’s Heritage Open Day events - Your guide of what to do on Friday

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 September 2012 | UPDATED: 09:36 10 September 2012

The Assembly House, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Assembly House, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Buildings across the county will fling open their doors to visitors for Norfolk’s Heritage Open Days. Here are just a few that will be open on Friday.

St. Andrew’s Parish Church

This grade 2 listed church dates back to the 1600s. Its Bacon brass and Goleston Psalter will be on display along with its stained glass windows. Open Friday 10 till 3 on Church Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6LS

Boardman House

Boardman House was built by Edward Boardman, a Norwich architect in the late 19th century, and now houses offices for Age Uk and other organisations. Open Friday at: 10am, 11am, 12am, 2pm and 3pm.

The Assembly House

This Georgian house is on the site of a medieval church and college, with the tour focusing on the history of the site and its buildings. Tours start at 10am and 2pm on Friday.

Strangers’ Hall museum tour

This early 13th century hall was home to merchants and mayors. On your visit explore period Tudor and Stuart rooms, such as the Great Hall and the Victorian kitchen. Open on Friday at: 11am, 12am, 2pm and 3pm only.

Norwich Magistrates Courts

Tour the court and its well-preserved remains of a 12th century house under the building. Open Thursday and Friday at 7pm. Pre-book: 01603 679571

Norwich Cathedral

This tour gives the public the opportunity to visit both the historic library with books from the 15th century, which is not usually open to visitors, and the Broderers Guild where textiles where made and repaired. The only tour is at 10am on Friday.


This tour offers a 40 minute look backstage at the 300 seat theatre, which is one of Norwich’s more modern performance venues. Tours start at 11:30 and 1:30 on Thursday and Friday.

Caister Lifeboat Visitor Centre

The visitor centre is holding two 30 minute talks about the station and how it works, along with visual displays and a DVD show. Talks are Friday at 10 and 3pm, at the centre on Tan Lane Caister-on-Sea NR30 5DJ

Britons Arms

This building was originally a small womens religious community, and is one of the only thatched buildings in Norwich. The Briton Arms is now undergoing renovation by Norwich Preservation Trust and English Heritage. Tours start at 10:30am and 11:30am on Thursday and Friday.

F.J. Zelley

Tour the undercroft of this 15th century house and see the display of Roman amber artifacts. This building is now home to jewellery specialist, F.J. Zelley which was established in 1886. Open Friday at: 9;30am-5:30pm, Saturday 9:30-4:30, with tours at 11am and 2pm.

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