Escape Games in Medieval Norwich
History Mystery™ escape games can be experienced for the first time in the medieval city of Norwich, which started out as an Anglo-Saxon settlement that sprang up around the banks of the River Wensum after the Romans abandoned their East Anglian capital a few miles to the south. The city came into its own following the Norman conquest when William the Conqueror built the magnificent Norwich Castle soon after 1066, rapidly followed by Norwich Cathedral, the second-largest cathedral in the country. From Norman times through to the industrial revolution, Norwich prospered as England’s second city thanks to agricultural wealth and as the centre of the wool trade. To this day Norwich remains home to numerous historic buildings from throughout the medieval period.
Our Escape Games are at Norwich Guildhall
History Mystery escape games at Norwich Guildhall occupy the country’s largest surviving medieval civic building outside London, dating back to 1407 and overlooking the 900-year-old market in the heart of the city. The Guildhall served as the seat of city government, a gaol and courthouse until recent times – in fact we still share the building with the current Sheriff of Norwich. The medieval council chamber and the Sheriff’s court room remain locked in time, exactly as they were the last day they were in session, while beneath the building lie prison cells of various ages that held prisoners from 1412 right up to 1985, including Robert Kett, leader of the the 1549 rebellion that took the city and threatened the Tudor reign.
Inspired by this stunning building, our team of heritage experts has delved into fascinating stories from the past to create some truly fiendish puzzles. Players get access to parts of the building rarely seen by the public to enjoy a thrilling hour solving mysteries based on Norwich’s rich history.
Where To Find Us
History Mystery at the Norwich Guildhall can be found at:The Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich, NR2 1JS
Please note that parking is not available at the Guildhall, however there are many public car parks available in the centre of Norwich, the closest being St Giles, St Andrews or The Forum multi-storey car parks (click here for a link to information about parking in Norwich).
Regular national and local bus services run to Norwich, with all city centre bus stops and Norwich Bus Station being within half a mile of the Guildhall. Norwich Train Station is located less than 15 minutes walk away and is served by regular buses and black cabs.
Norwich Guildhall offers a unique space in the centre of Norwich that can provide event facilities for up to 100 guests. If you would like to enquire about corporate facilities please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements.
Escape Game Accessibility
Norwich Guildhall is a Grade I listed building in a largely unmodernised condition and is only partially wheelchair accessible with no disabled toilet facilities in the building. Unfortunately there are a number of steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate to reach our game rooms that make them inaccessible to wheelchairs and the rooms themselves may have uneven floors and steps within them. The games mainly require problem solving skills but do require an amount of manual dexterity and visual acuity, with reading glasses required if used. Pre-recorded sound effects are used and lighting levels are mostly medium throughout, with torches provided for use in low light areas.
The Guildhall also houses Café Britannia in the City, open daily and offering a mouth-watering selection of beverages, light lunches, snacks and cakes to eat in or take away. If you are making a day of it, the wonderful city centre of Norwich is crammed full of places to visit and enjoy.