Mousehold Heath


To find one of the best views of Norwich’s skyline head to Mousehold Heath, which is only a short walk to reach through Norwich Cathedral grounds, and over Bishop Bridge. The Heath has over 184 acres of woodland and heathland and is the perfect place for a walk with a view in all seasons. The area is rich in wildlife and locally is very well known for the history of Kett’s Rebellion which took place in 1549.

In 1549 Robert Kett amassed an army of over 16,000 who set up camp for months on Mousehold Heath. After two battles, the first won by the rebels the second by the Royal Army, Kett was eventually hanged at Norwich Castle.

The story of Kett’s Rebellion was recently written about in CJ Sansome’s novel Tombland where the lead character Matthew Shardlake is sent to Norwich to investigate the death of a relative of Henry VIII.

A walking tour called Shardlake’s Norwich can be booked with Paul Dickson Tours to learn more about the area and the story of Robert Kett.

Mousehold Heath is also one of the best places for a beautiful sunset.

Stay locally at the historic Maids Head Hotel where the lead character of Tombland stayed during his visit to Norwich.