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3rd February 2023

The Best Glass Buildings In and Around Norwich

It’s no secret that we’re pretty obsessed with glass. Glass windows, glass shelves, glass staircases, we love it. Norwich is undoubtedly a very fine city, and it’s also home to a portfolio of impressive buildings and glass features. We’ve collated a list of our favourite glass buildings around the city and why they’ve got us impressed.

The Royal Arcade

One of Norwich’s most iconic buildings is the Royal arcade. Housing a unique and quirky mix of independent retailers and restaurants, it has been one of the city’s most popular attractions for over one hundred years. Our favourite part? Each store within the building features large, uniformed windows that showcase beautiful shop displays and invites visitors into the store. One of the most recent refurbishments within the building is the Yalm foodhall, which showcases a cheese conveyor belt in their ground floor window, making walking past simply impossible.

The Forum

We couldn’t write a blog post about Norwich’s most impressive glass buildings without including the forum. Built on the site of the previous Norwich Library which burnt down in 1994, The Forum features an unmissable glass front which makes for a welcoming and accessible public and event space. The building was opened to the public in 2001 and was later officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002. 

Norwich Cathedral

Built in 1096, Norwich cathedral is set in 44 acres of beautiful grounds and features some of the city’s most impressive architecture, not to mention stained glass windows. The west window of Norwich Cathedral is a stunning example of the early Victorian revival of the medieval techniques for producing brightly coloured stained glass, which were unfortunately a victim of Henry VIII’s Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries in the sixteenth century. 

Sainsbury centre 

Conceived as a single span structure, 150 metres long, The Sainsbury Centre remains one of the world’s most extraordinary museum buildings. The Sainsbury Centre is home to an international art museum that showcases some of the most impressive ancient, modern and ethnographic art collections. The glass spiral staircase in the main building gives the ultimate wow factor as the seamless design completely transforms the bright and open space. 

Theatre royal glass balcony 

Last but not least, the Norwich Theatre Royal. The much loved theatre has a stunning glass balcony for show watchers to enjoy a pre theatre drink, which is especially nice in the warmer months. 

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